Prototype HST power car works to North Pole

THE Mid-Norfolk Railway (MNR) has hired in a loco with electric train heating each year for its popular ‘Polar Express’ trains, and for 2018 this was prototype HST power car No. 41001.

It arrived by road from GCR (N) Ruddington on November 20 and worked its first train on the MNR on November 24.

Prototype Inter-City 125 power car No. 41001 is seen at the head of the Mid-Norfolk Railway’s ‘Polar Express’ carriage set, prior to working its first train on November 24. The stock was being cleaned inside and out in preparation for the sold-out trains later that day, running to Hardingham, which was renamed North Pole. ANDY MARRISON

The heavily loaded trains are top-and-tailed by the visiting loco and a resident Class 47 between Dereham and North Pole (Hardingham).

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There were 69 ‘Polar Expresses’ from November 23 to December 30 with all but those of the last three days fully booked bylate-November.

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