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« on: May 14, 2011, 08:14:33 pm »

 This has been posted on WNXX and i have decided to post a copy here in case anyone might be interested :

http://www.projectmiller.org.uk/

Sound like a good idea it would be nice to see it  up and running shame the other power car was scrapped particulary if  when some of the hst sets are withdrawn from service on the great western in a few years.

I wonder how long we will have to wait before we see a valenta hst on the uk mainline again, i will certainly pay to go on a railtour operated by 1
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« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2013, 02:42:25 am »

This project continues and the restored Paxman Valenta engine in 41001 was fired up for the first time on July 1st 2013.

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http://www.projectmiller.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/41001_errupting.jpg

Clagtastic!  Grin

Cooler group and electric train supply (ETS) will be worked on next, then it's the traction motors and she will be able to run under her own power again.

Details:
http://www.projectmiller.org.uk/?p=697
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« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2014, 09:04:37 pm »

41001 had her official launch on the Great Central Railway (Nottingham) on Saturday 15th November 2014.

Used with a rake of EMT Mk3s in passenger service for a select group of supporters of Project Miller and the 125 Group. In attendance was Sir Kenneth Grange, designer of the shape and interior layout of the production HSTs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQB3_ccSx0Q

Earlier video of test running on the GCR(N) from May:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tppbWWkDmQo

The cab is looking a lot tidier than when I sat in it at RailFest in 2012!

Can't wait to see her on the main line at full chat. Here's hoping there will be a visit to the GWML at some point in the not too distant future.
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« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2014, 09:22:27 pm »

Oof, that is a good sound.

Interesting to see GWML-style signalling at Asher Lane - look to the right of the picture at around 22' 30'' on the first vid and you'll see what I mean.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2014, 09:30:03 pm »

Interesting to see GWML-style signalling at Asher Lane - look to the right of the picture at around 22' 30'' on the first vid and you'll see what I mean.  Roll Eyes

Yep. Looks like a couple of signal posts having a lie down.  Grin

41001 also scared the birds from the trees at the around the same point in the first video. Any nearby squirrel may have dropped his nuts when the two-tone sounded. And dropped them again when the turbo screamed.  Grin Grin Grin
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« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2019, 03:24:46 am »

41001 has been running on a number of lines/at a number of gala event this year but now from Rail Advent

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The 125 Group has announced that 41001 has been withdrawn from traffic after engines have been discovered.

Power car 41001 has shown signs of possible engine issues which require investigation from the tram.

This means that they have had to withdraw it from forthcoming commitments to prevent any further damage occurring.

A somewhat rushed post (up to my personal very best typo standards) me thinks, but I'm sure you'll get the drift ...
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« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2019, 07:59:39 am »

I appreciate this comment......
A somewhat rushed post (up to my personal very best typo standards) me thinks, but I'm sure you'll get the drift ...

but I do like this particular statement..........
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The 125 Group has announced that 41001 has been withdrawn from traffic after engines have been discovered.

Sorry grahame. absolutely no offence meant, but I just had to  Grin Wink
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« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2019, 08:09:27 am »

I appreciate this comment......
A somewhat rushed post (up to my personal very best typo standards) me thinks, but I'm sure you'll get the drift ...

but I do like this particular statement..........
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The 125 Group has announced that 41001 has been withdrawn from traffic after engines have been discovered.

Sorry grahame. absolutely no offence meant, but I just had to  Grin Wink

It had me rolling with laughter.  Better than my best!
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« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2019, 10:17:08 am »

Who'd have thought that it would have an engine !
What a discovery. .  .
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« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2019, 10:50:15 am »

Further report from the 125 group

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125 Group is very sorry to advise that during operation at the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway Diesel and Mixed Traffic Gala, Prototype HST Power Car 41001 has shown signs of a possible engine issue which requires investigation before any further running. We have regretfully withdrawn it from all forthcoming commitments as a precaution and to prevent any major damage.

This means that ...
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« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2019, 10:28:24 pm »

From the 125 group

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125 Group is very sad to announce that unique Prototype Power Car 41001 will be returning to its owner, the National Railway Museum at York in early November, at the end of the current operating agreement. Despite best efforts, 125 Group and the Science Museum Group have been unable to reach a new agreement and the Science Museum Group has made the decision to terminate the loan.
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« Reply #11 on: October 10, 2019, 08:22:14 am »

It has caused quite a stir, especially since the 125 Group have spent significant funds on its restoration. There is a suggestion that the recall of 55002 is similar.

It is possible that this is an outcome of the Science Museum’s recent review, link below

https://www.sciencemuseumgroup.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/op-rail-vehicle-strategy-2019_FINAL.pdf
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« Reply #12 on: October 10, 2019, 04:45:34 pm »

The NRM has now released on Twitter the reasons for 41001's return
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It is with regret that the National Railway Museum will not renew the 125 Group’s operational loan agreement for HST prototype No.41001 and Valenta power unit. [1/4]

The decision has not been taken lightly and follows repeated and serious breaches of conditions in the loan agreement. [2/4]

These include a failure to ensure the security and safety of the power car, refusal to give museum representatives access to the vehicle when requested and unprofessional conduct.
The power car will now return to the custodianship of the National Railway Museum. [3/4]

We would like to thank members of the 125 Group for their efforts over several years. [4/4]
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« Reply #13 on: October 10, 2019, 05:07:21 pm »

A not very professional public utterance. Ranting about contracts then damming with faint praise. Doesn't show the NRM in a particularly good light.

Stark contrast to the 125 Group statement about 41001.
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« Reply #14 on: October 11, 2019, 04:17:31 pm »

Porterbrook to donate 2 power cars too the 125Group!

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