RailUK Forums donation to 125 Group

Discussion in 'Forum Information & Announcements' started by theblackwatch, 16 Jan 2019.

  1. theblackwatch

    theblackwatch Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Messages:
    9,716
    Joined:
    15 Feb 2006
    Location:
    Yorkshire
    After our busiest and most successful year to date which has seen us generate an operating surplus again, the forum staff are delighted to announce that we have been in a position to make a donation £4,100.01 towards the 125 Group's HST Depot Appeal. The full press release, issued by the 125 Group today, reads:

    125 Group’s Depot appeal has been given a huge boost after a receiving a sizeable donation from an online railway forum. RailUK Forums has agreed to donate £4,100.01, bringing the total raised to £78,142.96, over ¾ of the way towards the target of £100,000.

    125 Group, the High Speed Train preservation society and registered charity based at Great Central Railway (Nottingham), requires £100,000 for the development which will protect its InterCity 125 HST rolling stock from the ravages of the English weather.

    RailUK Forums – www.railforums.co.uk – was founded in 2005 and has grown to be one of the largest internet railway forums in the country, members discuss on-line a wide spectrum of interests relating to railways as well as other forms of transport.

    Since its introduction over 40 years ago, the InterCity 125 has been popular with enthusiasts, passengers and railway staff alike and is a frequent topic of conversation. With some of the fleet now destined for withdrawal, interest in HSTs has grown further, also helped by the work of 125 Group restoring Mk3 coaches and the National Railway Museum’s prototype power car 41001 to working order.

    With the prospect of production power cars becoming surplus and available for preservation in the near future, 125 Group launched its HST Depot Appeal in June with the objective of constructing a small depot facility at its Ruddington base at Great Central Railway (Nottingham), where necessary maintenance and restoration work of these important vehicles and its existing fleet can be made under cover.

    RailUK Forums spokesman Mike Wooldridge said “After our busiest and most successful year to date, we are delighted to be able to assist 125 Group by donating our surplus advertising revenue towards the group’s HST Depot Appeal. The InterCity 125 has an important place in railway history, and these trains are a favourite among many of our members. The new depot will provide a facility that will help ensure that people are able to experience the sight and sound of an HST for many years to come.”

    Gary Heelas, Chairman of 125 Group Limited said “It is great to see such an active forum organised such that money is raised by members simply using it. 125 Group is very honoured to have been chosen by RailUK Forums and this gives our HST Depot Appeal yet another massive boost.”

    Weblinks:
    125 Group - https://www.125group.org.uk/
    Press release - https://www.125group.org.uk/railuk-forums-boosts-hst-depot-appeal/
    Depot Appeal - https://www.125group.org.uk/depot/
     
  2. Registered users do not see these banners - join or log in today!

    Rail Forums

     
  3. The_Train

    The_Train Established Member

    Messages:
    1,130
    Joined:
    2 Jun 2018
    A fantastic gesture and made to a fantastic cause. The HST has been an integral part of the railways for many years and it is very important that groups such as the 125 Group are supported in their quest to ensure these beasts are never forgotten.

    Well done to all involved in making this donation
     
  4. big all

    big all Member

    Messages:
    383
    Joined:
    23 Sep 2018
    no other traction can boast as being in wide spread front line service for most or all off the life off a rail uk forum member;)
    but as said nice touch:D
     
    Last edited: 16 Jan 2019
  5. 43096

    43096 Established Member

    Messages:
    4,107
    Joined:
    23 Nov 2015
    Absolutely splendid!
    :D:D:D

    Been a great couple of months for this appeal with both this fabulous donation and the profits from the BLS/East Midlands Trains "Screaming Valentas" tour.
     
  6. CC 72100

    CC 72100 Established Member

    Messages:
    3,354
    Joined:
    23 Jan 2012
    Indeed excellent news - a very worthy cause amongst many enthusiasts, and encouraging to see that the forum was/is in such a position to do so.
     
  7. yorksrob

    yorksrob Veteran Member

    Messages:
    18,815
    Joined:
    6 Aug 2009
    Location:
    Yorks
    A very worthy cause that should hopefully enable us to travel on these superb trains long after they pass from main line service :)
     
  8. Iskra

    Iskra Established Member

    Messages:
    1,992
    Joined:
    11 Jun 2014
    Location:
    Chapeltown, Sheffield
    Excellent news.

    And very well done for generating such a surplus in the first place.
     
  9. AlterEgo

    AlterEgo Veteran Member

    Messages:
    11,354
    Joined:
    30 Dec 2008
    Location:
    Milton Keynes
    A very worthy cause. Well done.
     
  10. Mag_seven

    Mag_seven Established Member

    Messages:
    3,855
    Joined:
    1 Sep 2014
    Location:
    My house
    Very good! :D
     
  11. scott118

    scott118 Member

    Messages:
    921
    Joined:
    24 Feb 2015
    Location:
    East Anglia
    Wow..
     
  12. Noddy

    Noddy Member

    Messages:
    203
    Joined:
    11 Oct 2014
    Location:
    UK
    Where’s the like button!
     
  13. FelixtheCat

    FelixtheCat Established Member

    Messages:
    1,787
    Joined:
    23 Jul 2015
    Location:
    London, Edinburgh or somewhere else
    If the RailUKForums got a pound for every comment about a like button, they could have completed the 125 Group's fundrasing project.
     
  14. Cowley

    Cowley Established Member

    Messages:
    5,411
    Joined:
    15 Apr 2016
    Location:
    Devon
    Where's the Like button? ;)
     
  15. trainophile

    trainophile Established Member

    Messages:
    3,417
    Joined:
    28 Oct 2010
    Location:
    Hereford, Southport or on a train trip
    That's brilliant, what a wonderful thing to be able to do. I am curious about the .01p though! :lol:
     
  16. yorkie

    yorkie Administrator Staff Member Administrator

    Messages:
    40,090
    Joined:
    6 Jun 2005
    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Thanks all for the feedback.

    Years ago I never would have imagined that we could be in a position to do something like this, but here we are :) it's thanks to everyone for all their contributions that this has been achieved.
    It's to get as close as possible to the number 41001
    https://www.125group.org.uk/our-fleet/41001-prototype-hst-powercar/
    :)
     
  17. krus_aragon

    krus_aragon Established Member

    Messages:
    3,665
    Joined:
    10 Jun 2009
    Location:
    North Wales
    Might it be the result of rounding up some tax-deduction-style calculation (e.g. giftaid)? Or perhaps one of the administrators found it down the back of the sofa...
     
  18. NORMAN471

    NORMAN471 Member

    Messages:
    54
    Joined:
    4 Sep 2013
    or maybe even under the seat of a MK3 HST carriage.
     
  19. theblackwatch

    theblackwatch Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Messages:
    9,716
    Joined:
    15 Feb 2006
    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Unfortunately gift aiding our donation was not possible. However, if any members would like to make a donation to the appeal themselves and are UK taxpayers, this should be possible and I am sure the 125 Group would be most pleased to hear from you. :)
     
  20. Strat-tastic

    Strat-tastic Member

    Messages:
    452
    Joined:
    27 Oct 2010
    Can't afford one...
     
  21. big all

    big all Member

    Messages:
    383
    Joined:
    23 Sep 2018
    absolutey brilliant
    a sense off humor and a sense off purpose
    initially lost on me but as someone who saw the prototype in waverly with the inspector on a milk /beer or irn bru crate siting behind the driver as a seat its magic lol
     
    Last edited: 18 Jan 2019
  22. anamyd

    anamyd Member

    Messages:
    481
    Joined:
    17 Aug 2018
    The like button is never going to be enabled; it's just always going to be a running thing on here :D

    But yeah, where's the like button...? I have some real respect for this forum now this very generous donation has been made!
     
  23. ainsworth74

    ainsworth74 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Messages:
    19,146
    Joined:
    16 Nov 2009
    Location:
    Redcar
    It was either a donation to the 125 Group or a like button we couldn't stretch to both :lol:
     
  24. krus_aragon

    krus_aragon Established Member

    Messages:
    3,665
    Joined:
    10 Jun 2009
    Location:
    North Wales
    I suspected that was the case, but I hadn't spotted the reference to 41001.
     
  25. judethegreat

    judethegreat Member

    Messages:
    97
    Joined:
    21 Mar 2011
    Excellent :)

    Forgive my ignorance, but how was this money raised - donations from members, advertising, or what?
     
  26. ainsworth74

    ainsworth74 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Messages:
    19,146
    Joined:
    16 Nov 2009
    Location:
    Redcar
    The only money the Forum receives is via advertising.
     
  27. nat67

    nat67 Member

    Messages:
    847
    Joined:
    23 Apr 2014
    Location:
    Warwickshire
    Absolutely brilliant guys. I love the HST so much and I cant wait to see what happens over the next year or so.
     
  28. anamyd

    anamyd Member

    Messages:
    481
    Joined:
    17 Aug 2018
    Love it :lol:
     
  29. theblackwatch

    theblackwatch Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Messages:
    9,716
    Joined:
    15 Feb 2006
    Location:
    Yorkshire
    And if anyone is desperate to use a like button, we have posted about the donation on our Facebook page... :p
     
  30. big all

    big all Member

    Messages:
    383
    Joined:
    23 Sep 2018
    as i don't do face book can i please have a thanks button :D
    just out off curiosity what is the reason for avoiding a thanks button :D
     
  31. yorkie

    yorkie Administrator Staff Member Administrator

    Messages:
    40,090
    Joined:
    6 Jun 2005
    Location:
    Yorkshire

Share This Page