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Grand Spring Draw

At the beginning of April the £8,000 barrier is broken!

Keep the money flowing in and buy your raffle tickets now and beat last year’s record of £11,000 raised

This year the raffle is in aid of the

Bridge to the Future Appeal

Let us complete the job of bridging the Midland Main Line. Please support the raffle.
Raffle tickets will have arrived with the posting of Main Line No.158

There are many splendid prizes

1st Prize – Cab Ride on Network Rail courtesy of Chiltern Railways
2nd Prize – Two First Class Tickets on Railway Touring Company UK tour of winners choice
3rd Prize – GCR Bronze Footplate Experience
4th Prize – Guided Tour of Rugby Signalling Control Centre and Training Simulator for 2 Guests
5th Prize – Two First Class Tickets on East Midlands Trains (route of winner choice)
6th Prize – Guided Tour of Rugby Signalling Control Centre and Training Simulator for 2 Guests
7th Prize – Two dining Tickets on the GCR’s South Yorkshireman
8th Prize – Two dining Tickets on the GCR’s South Yorkshireman
9th Prize – GCR Footplate Ride on “Oliver Cromwell” or “Cock o’ the North”
10th Prize – Bottle of Malt Whiskey

Plus many more!

Tickets and cheques should be returned to: Andrew Fillingham, Spinney Close, Main Street, Kibworth Harcourt, Leicester, LE8 0NQ by 21st May, 2014

The Draw will take place at Loughborough Central on 24th May, 2014. Winners will be notified individually and a list of winners given on the Member’s New Page on the website and in Main Line No.160.


The 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




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

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

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

Special Events

This is a selection of our special events, to see the full list, click here

Loco Roster

Services for Wednesday, 16th April

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Services for Thursday, 17th April

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Locomotive allocation subject to change at any time.
Last updated: 16th April 11:23AM

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