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125 Group dou­bles its quota of ex-EMR Mk 3s

- East Midlands · United Kingdom · Nottingham · East Midlands Railway · UK Rail Leasing · Long Marston · Ruddington · Great Central Railway · Eastleigh Works · Eastleigh

Three for­mer East Mid­lands Rail­way High Speed Train Mk 3 coaches have been de­liv­ered to the 125 Group and are cur­rently based at UK Rail Leas­ing’s Le­ices­ter de­pot.

This takes the num­ber of ex-EMR ve­hi­cles in the group’s fleet to six.

Moved south from Neville Hill on Novem­ber 7 were Trailer First Restau­rant Buf­fet (TRFB) 40730, Trailer First (TF) 41057 and Trailer Stan­dard (TS) 42111. They will be joined in due course by TRFB 40741, TF 41067 and TS 42119 - the lat­ter are cur­rently in traf­fic but will be with­drawn by the end of the year.

The 125 Group has also taken de­liv­ery of its sec­ond power car, with for­mer EMR 43048 mov­ing from Long Marston to UKRL’s de­pot on Novem­ber 17. It joins 43089, which has al­ready been handed over to the group and used by Data Ac­qui­si­tion & Test­ing Ser­vices (DATS) on Mid­land Main Line elec­tri­fi­ca­tion test trains.

Al­though they will re­tain main line cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, the plan is for the Mk 3s and two ‘43s’ to move to Rud­ding­ton on the Great Cen­tral Rail­way (Not­ting­ham), where the group is based. Once there, they will join Trailer Guards Stan­dard (TGS) 44000 as well as lo­co­mo­tive hauled Mk 3s that cur­rently form part of the Group’s fleet.

Pri­vately owned TS 42356, one of the pro­to­type Mk 3s, will also join the fleet. This is cur­rently be­ing re­stored at Eastleigh Works.

 ?? PAUL BIGGS. ?? East Mid­lands Rail­way 43423 Va­lenta1972-2010 leads the 1212 Neville Hill-Le­ices­ter empty stock move past Bar­row-upon-Soar on Novem­ber 7, tak­ing three High Speed Train Mk 3s to their new owner (the 125 Group). On the rear is 43073.
PAUL BIGGS. East Mid­lands Rail­way 43423 Va­lenta1972-2010 leads the 1212 Neville Hill-Le­ices­ter empty stock move past Bar­row-upon-Soar on Novem­ber 7, tak­ing three High Speed Train Mk 3s to their new owner (the 125 Group). On the rear is 43073.

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