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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 -  The Results

This year the Annual Spring Draw was in aid of the

Bridge to the Future Appeal

and the

Restoration of No.34039 "Boscastle"

  • The draw took place at Loughborough Central at 4pm on Sunday 14th June, 2015

The list of winners is as follows:

Prize      Ticket Number               Winner
1st                       11993                   Stewart McLoughlin
2nd                     45418                   Alan Carstairs
3rd                      37032                   Ken Betteridge
4th                     43042                    Chris Heeley
5th                     43971                      Mrs Burke
6th                     43882                     A.R. Royo
7th                     46120                       G. New
8th                     36453                     Mrs D. Carter
9th                     21797                   Iain & Halyna Pudney
10th                   13270                       Ken King
11th                    37475                      A.A. Doughty
12th                   10094                      J. Harrison
13th                   21959                         B. Davey
14th                  45935                       Adam Baker
15th                  42697                         Bob Littler
16th                 30020                       Peter Brooks
17th                  27558                         Bill Higson
18th                 19413                        Jim Andrews
19th                  24594                      J. Montgomery
20th                 45087                         Mrs S.D. Tilly
21st                 47294                                 Ian
22nd                30515                        Stuart A. Dale
23th                  2981                       N.R. Featherstone
24th                 30169                             M. Booth
25th                 26938                         James Straw
Further details of the draw and prizes will be published in Main Line No.164.

Draw Promoter: Andy Fillingham, Spinney Close, Main Street, Kibworth Harcourt, Leicester, LE8 0NQ


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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

Report of the Committee and Unaudited Statement of Accounts for the Year ended January, 31st, 2015

Minutes of the Eighth Annual General Meeting held on 12th July, 2014

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:

Two steam locomotives, one diesel loco and a DMU operating our summer timetable.

Locomotive roster to be announced.

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

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