You may well have seen the Friends of the Great Central Main Line stand when visiting the railway and noticed the great interest that it attracts. The stand is crucial to the FoGCML as it communicates our message about the Great Central, the Bridge and the Friends to members and public alike. The more events that the stand can attend,the more our message will be heard, and the more progress on fundraising we can make.

At the heart of the stand is the "Bridge to the future" model recently updated by David Rae. The model along with the accompanying "Bridge" project video clearly explains the developing project and the impact it will have on the GCR.

However, the stand has to be set up, attended and dismantled. The more events we attend, the more people it requires to run it, with at least two present at any time. Our team now needs more members!

If you want to see the Great Central grow and prosper, the Friends’ membership numbers grow and help to raise funds by selling FoGCML merchandise and seeking donations then please consider joining the team.

The duties are not onerous and involvement ranges from helping out for a few hours through to assisting in setting up and dismantling. You will not need a technical knowledge of 'The Gap' as this is being well covered in media releases, or other aspects of the GCR, but if you are knowledgeable in these areas you can not only help the Friends but also talk about something you care passionately about with all sorts of people.

If any FoGCML member would like to help in any way please email me on

An email address will be essential as that’s how the team communicates.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Many thanks,

Barry Lycett

FoGCML Marketing and Committee Member

Our next running day
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
We are running passenger trains on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week.

Due to the recent very hot and dry conditions, and the resulting risk of lineside fires, we will be operating an all-diesel service on Thursday.

Class 37 37714 Metro Cammel Diesel Railcar

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