A Valenta odyssey

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Fast train to slow tracks: ‘The Screaming Valentas’ railtour

Front end study: ex-GC power car now operated by EMT (right) alongside the prototype HST power car.

Derby’s new platform 6 and 7 is thronged with Anoraks, black rucksacks, the occasional bobble hat and virtually no gender diversity. No train is on the indicator, but if you need to be told where this train will be you probably shouldn’t be on it. Welcome to 1Z41, ‘The Screaming Valentas’, a joint venture by the 125 Group, the Branch Line Society and East Midlands Trains. The route is a testimony to the flexibility of the HST operating it, taking in such joys as Chaddesden curve and various loops, but don’t worry, you won’t need your highlighter pen for my review.

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