Porterbrook donates two power cars to 125 Group after prototype recall shock

THE 125 Group has experienced the highs and lows of preservation – all in the space of two days.

Just 48 hours after  the team’s disappointment over the decision by the National Railway Museum to terminate the loan agreement for unique Prototype power car No. 41001, there was a feeling of elation when Porterbook announced it was donating two East Midlands Railway power cars to the group.

Power car No. 43089, one of the pair donated by Porterbrook to the 125 Group, speeds through Barrow-upon-Soar on July 3 with the 12.45 Nottingham-St Pancras train. CHRIS MILNER

Having taken on the custodianship of the prototype power car under Project Miller, sourcing missing parts and returning the vehicle from a static exhibit to full working order over the past five years, the news the loan was being ended was a bombshell to the group, which is based at the Great Central Railway (Nottingham).

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