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Event to mark 175 years of Derby-Nottingham trains

Network Rail, East Midlands Trains and the Mayor of Derby are hosting the event. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

An event is being held today to mark 175 years of train travel between Derby and Nottingham.

A special train is to run between the two cities, starting in Derby, and it will have a commemorative 'Midland Counties Railways' headboard. The first train to run the route was on Thursday 30 May 1839.

Before the train sets off, the Mayor of Derby will unveil a plaque to mark the occasion.

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East Midlands Trains services resume after landslip

East Midlands Trains are running again north of Chesterfield Credit: PA

East Midlands Train services north of Chesterfield in Derbyshire are running again from today, after a landslip closed two sections of track last month.

Extremely wet weather led to a hillside becoming unstable between Chesterfield & Sheffield, putting two tracks at risk on February 18.

Since then a revised service has been in operation after one of the two tracks near Unstone was closed

Initial estimates indicated that services would be disrupted for four to six weeks. However work on site progressed better than expected, and the lines reopened this morning.

Network Rail thanked affected passengers for their patience, saying:

The work completed so far has prioritised making the track safe so that trains can run but work to fully stabilise the hillside will continue for several months yet. Trains will run at a slightly reduced speed past the worksite but this will not significantly affect journey times.

PHIL VERSTER, ROUTE MANAGING DIRECTOR FOR NETWORK RAIL

125mph speed signs to help reduce train time to London

East Midlands Trains has unveiled its new 125mph speed signs, which it says will help reduce journey times to London from the region from next week.

One of the new signs is put up Credit: Stagecoach Group

The signs mean trains will be allowed to reach those speeds for the first time ever. It is part of the £70million improvement plans delivered by Network Rail and the train company.

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