The 125 Group has announced that they have been donated a Mk3 coach to be hauled by locomotive 41001.
The coach, Trailer Guards Standard (TGS) 44000, has been donated by Porterbrook, a rail leasing company.
This vehicle will be used to support passenger operations at the Great Central Railway Nottingham.
This carriage has been stored at Long Marston and has been transported to the GCRN by road transport.
44000 was in service with Great Western Railway and has it’s base green colour. The coach is in good condition both internal and external.
44000 was built by British Rail Engineering Limited (BREL) at Derby Litchurch Lane Works. The guards compartment used to be in the power car, however, TGS vehicles were later added to provide more passenger capacity and to give a smoother ride for the guard. 44000 is the original TGS, constructed in 1980.
44000 joins our existing Mk3 fleet of 10202, 10206, 12087, 12092 and 12134 which have all been restored to fully working condition by our team of volunteers.
Meanwhile, two of the groups existing vehicles are leaving the fleet. Mk3b FO 11074 is departing GCRN Ruddington for pastures new. Spares vehicle TSO 12065 has been stripped of all useful components and will shortly be disposed of.