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Friends-LogoThe Great Central Railway (GCR) aims to re-create, for present and future generations, the experience of British main line railway operation during the best years of steam locomotives.  We run regular Steam and Diesel hauled trains for tourists and enthusiasts between Loughborough and Leicester and we are a Gold award East Midlands Tourism Accredited Visitor Attraction and are Britain’s only Double Track Main Line Heritage Railway.

The Friends of the Great Central Main Line (FoGCML) is the railway’s membership organisation and helps provide the continually improving heritage experience that is the GCR.  The vast majority of people who operate our railway are unpaid volunteers, all of whom are members of the FoGCML.  Operating our 100 year old railway, comprising bridges, track, buildings, signalling, locomotives and rolling stock is an expensive business, becoming even more so as time continues to march on!

The ongoing support from our members and volunteers is essential in ensuring the continued success of the railway. Why not help us and join the FoGCML?  In return for a modest membership subscription, you will receive many  benefits, including our regular magazine Main Line, and except during some special events, reduced fare travel on the railway.

We regularly receive positive comments about our main line atmosphere and courteous staff and your generous support will help us to keep the GCR running for future generations to enjoy.  Please click on the appropriate link below to join us.  Your support would be very welcome!

Andy Fillingham - Chairman

Grand Spring Draw 2015 -  £5000 raised already!

This year the Annual Spring Draw will be in aid of the

Bridge to the Future Appeal

and the

Restoration of No.34039 "Boscastle"

  • There are a large number of prizes as follows:An East Midlands Trains Cab Ride along the Midland Main Line to London
    Two First Class Tickets for any Railway Touring Company of Great Britain Rail Tour
    Complimentary overnight stay including breakfast and a bottle of wine at The Sheffield Metropolitan Hotel
    Pair of East Midlands Trains First Class tickets on a route of your choice
    A GCR Bronze Footplate experience
    Two pairs of Lunch for Two on a GCR Dining Service including a bottle of wine
    A footplate ride on a GCR locomotive between Loughborough Central and Leicester North
    Visit to Taylor's Bell Foundry for a family of four
    Eight individual prizes of a bottle of whiskey including Bushmills, Glenlivet and Black Label
    A Boscastle one pint Tankard
    One 1000 piece jigsaw of Kings of the Road depicting a painting by Malcolm Root, Fellow of the Guild of Railway Artists
    One framed print of 9F No.92212
    Bottle of Champagne and a box of chocolates
    One Amazon Gift Card for £25
    One Waterstones Gift Voucher for £20
    One Boots Gift Voucher for £25
    One GCR Gift Token for £30
    One supermarket Gift Voucher for £25
    Various Railway Books

The draw will take place at Loughborough Central at 4pm on Sunday 14th June, 2015

The raffle tickets have been included in the posting of Main Line No.162

Ticket stubs should be sent to and more tickets obtained from
Draw Promoter: Andy Fillingham, Spinney Close, Main Street, Kibworth Harcourt, Leicester, LE8 0NQ




Adult (16 and over)                                                                           £22 per year 

Senior (over 65)                                                                                 £17 per year 

Family/Joint (Two adults and up to three children)                      £35 per year

First Class                                                                                          £80 per year 

Student (up to 24)                                                                             £15 per year

Junior (under 16)                                                                              £15 per year

Working Member                                                                              £10 per year

Working Family                                                                                 £10 per year

For overseas members a £5 supplement is applied to the membership categories.

There’s a great range of benefits for the Friends of the Great Central Main Line 

  • Four copies per year of the award winning magazine Main Line
  • Four copies per year of the Friends Newsletter
  • Access to Main Line Xtra on the GCR website for additional news, features and special offers
  • Free access to GCR stations and discounts on fares including galas (except as advertised)
  • Special offers at the GCR's shop
  • The chance to support the Railway and join as a volunteer
  • The opportunity to apply for a Lineside Access Permit (£30 per year)

First Class Friends also get

  • Discounts for themselves and up to five others on 1st Class Dining Trains

Working Friends (volunteers) also get

  • Discounts on 1st Class Dining Trains and Drive a Locomotive Experience services

AND you will be safe in the knowledge that your support will help preserve the experience of a unque steam operated double track main line railway for you and future generations to enjoy!

Area Groups


Download our Constitution as a PDF document here

To see our Working Members benefits, click here

Grand Spring Draw 2013 - Winners

Report of the Committee and Unaudited Statement of Accounts for the Year ended January, 31st, 2014

Minutes of the Extraordinary Meeting held on 13th July, 2013

Minutes of the Seventh Annual General Meeting held on 13th July, 2013

Report of the Committee and Statement of Independently Examined Accounts for the Year ended January, 31st, 2013

Minutes of the Sixth Annual General Meeting held on 14th July, 2012


Our next running day:

One steam and one diesel locomotive operating our midweek timetable

8F 48624 Peak 45041

Main Line Xtra

If you are a Friend of the Great Central Railway, you can access Main Line Xtra which provides additional news, special offers and features. To access Main Line Xtra click here

Want to become a Friend? Join now by clicking here

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