BLS tour raises £20,000 for HST depot

A Branch Line Society railtour on November 17 raised over £20,000 in aid of the 125 Group’s £100,000 HST Depot Appeal, which will see a maintenance facility built at the Ruddington base of the Great Central Railway (North).

Carrying 292 passengers, the six-car HST comprised power cars Nos. 43423 Valenta 1972-2010 and 43467.

A refurbished ex-Grand Central HST set reverses off the Midland main line south of Loughborough Midland on to the branch to East Leake and Ruddington with the Branch Line Society railtour from Derby on November 17. BRIAN SHARPE.

At Ruddington, Prototype Power Car No. 41001 replaced 43467 for a grand tour of the GCR (N) network.

Lesser used lines covered included Rushcliffe Halt Up loop and bay platform, where HST Designer and 125 Group Hon President Sir Kenneth Grange joined the train.

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