Paul Taylor

The Aspergers Flyer

DSCF377420 August, 8 November and 27 December

Ever wondered what it must be like to travel behind a named train like the Royal Scot or Flying Scotsman during its prime?

Travel on The Aspergers Flyer and The Adventuring Autisticman, learn about Aspergers and Autism, and step back in time on a vintage steam service and most importantly, have fun! On each of the above dates one of our Great Central Railway locos will carry a headboard, just like the one on the left.

Watch the countryside role by, take time out at the line's perfectly period cafes and all while the kids are on holiday so why not bring them along to this affordable family attraction for a great time?

Charters 4 Change are a new charitable group which operates The Aspergers Flyer and The Adventuring Autisticman and were born from Asperger's Fundraiser, a group that set up a lot of the groundwork that enables us to run our charity specials. We tour the country running trains like these.

90733We are currently in the middle of the 'Asperger's Anniversary', a celebration and commemoration of Hans Asperger's brave work to stick up for those with Autism in WWII. 70 years have now passed since Hans did his first studies and we'd be delighted if you'd join us to help celebrate his courage.

Further details will be posted in due course, based on information we receive from Charters 4 Change.




Volunteer help required in the shop and booking office

Booking Office

A couple of unpaid vacancies have arisen in our Booking Office at Loughborough Central Station where we sell tickets, driver experience days, and dining services.

Applicants should be of smart appearance with cash handling experience and the ability to communicate effectively both face to face and by telephone with our customers.  The ability to use a computer is also an advantage.

The booking office is open 7 days a week so if you can spare some time, please contact us.

For further information please call or email either Hilary Cooper, Booking Office Manager on  01509 632326/ or Tamara Skevington, Volunteer Liaison Officer on  01509 633853/

Loughborough Central Gift Shop

A couple of unpaid vacancies have arisen in our Gift Shop at Loughborough Central Station selling a wide range of books, DVDs, souvenirs  and other railway related items.

Applicants should be of smart appearance with cash handling experience and the ability to communicate effectively both face to face and by telephone with our customers.

Duties include operation of tills, stock control and keeping the premises clean & tidy for which training will be given.

The Gift Shop is open every weekend, Bank Holidays and midweek during the summer and other selected events.

For further information please call or email either Hilary Cooper, Booking Office Manager on  01509 632326/ or Tamara Skevington, Volunteer Liaison Officer on  01509 633853/

Weekly newsletter 29/01/14

Please follow the link for the latest newsletter: Weekly Newsletter 2014-01-29 04

Canopy Restoration Plaque Unveiled

MP Nicky Morgan unveils NHRA plaqueOn the Friday of the January Gala, Platform 2 at Loughborough Station was even busier than usual, as the plaque won by the GCR at the National Railway Heritage Awards was officially unveiled by Nicky Morgan MP. The Award was in the Station Environment category and recognised the railway’s achievement in fully restoring the canopy over the Station, as well as the numerous other improvements which were carried out at the same time.

Guests included six representatives of the NRHA, including the two judges who recommended that the award be given to the GCR, as well as the mastermind behind the project, former GCR director Tony Sparks. Tony spoke eloquently about the scale of the project and how it was undertaken, thanking all the volunteers and contractors who brought the scheme to fruition.

He was followed by Andy Savage of the NRHA who congratulated the GCR on such a magnificent achievement, and then Nicky Morgan MP (who describes herself as ‘the MP for the Great Central Railway’!) officially unveiled the blue plaque, following which the guests enjoyed a trip on the 14.30 departure.



92214 purchased for the GCR

Bill Ford and Stuart Whitter shake hands on the deal to bring 92214 to the GCR - Dennis Wilcock

Bill Ford and Stuart Whitter shake hands on the deal to bring 92214 to the GCR - Dennis Wilcock

BR Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 No.92214 “Cock o the North” has been purchased by GCR Director, Mr Michael Gregory of Cromwell Tools for the dedicated use at Great Central Railway Plc. The Locomotive has been purchased from Mr Stuart Whitter of PV Premier Ltd and has come to us from the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

Originally intended to visit the GCR for the Winter Gala over the weekend of 25th to 26th January, the locomotive will now stay permanently.

Bill Ford, Managing Director of the Great Central Railway plc said “No.92214 is a magnificent addition to the GCR’s already impressive locomotive fleet and being in such immaculate condition will prove a great attraction to our many visitors. 92214 will give us a great boost as we move forward to reunify the railway north and south of the Midland Main Line and open the planned museum at Leicester North”.

Stuart said  "Our experience has given us confidence that No.92214 will be in the best of hands at the GCR".

“On behalf of the railway we would like to thank Stuart for the very professional way in which the transaction has been completed” Bill continued "It was also fantastic to see Stuart driving again on the GCR!"

“The railway’s sincere thanks are extended to Michael Gregory and his team at Cromwell Tools for securing this wonderful loco for GCR’s benefit” Bill concluded.

Weekly newsletter 22/01/14

Please follow the link for the latest newsletter: Weekly-Newsletter-2014-01-22-03

Christmas is coming, treat your loved ones to a Gift Voucher!

Santa 026aLooking to buy a present for friends and family that love coming to the Great Central Railway?  Our gift vouchers can be redeemed against travel, dining services and in the shop, we also send them out with FREE P&P!

Treat your loved ones to a gift voucher this Christmas!

Click here to purchase a gift voucher




Special offer – The Great Central Railway Past and Present book

Great Central Railway Past & PresentExclusive Limited Edition Subscriber Book!  Pre-order the book and your name will be added to the list of names that will be printed inside the book.

Dust jacketed hardback 238 x 172mm, 128 pages with over 200 colour and monochrome illustrations.

The expected delivery for this book is early February 2014.  The cost is £30.00 plus £3 P&P (Please make cheques payable to Great Central Railway)

Order your copy by calling the Booking Office (01509 632323) or by post by filing out the form here and posting it back to us.


Closing date for orders is Friday 30th November 2013

Greenacres new festive menu

Greenacres Festive Menu

Loco Shed tours 12/13 October

Volunteer members of the Boscastle team will be offering informative tours of the Loughborough Locomotive Shed ( not normally open to visitors) on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th October.

Tour times are on the half-hour and on the hour from 10.30 am to 4.30pm (but last tour at 3.30 pm on Sunday); not 1 00 pm on either day. Party size is limited to 12, with only one group in the shed at any one time; best chances are on the hour.
Please allow 10 mins. to walk to the shed prior to the tour and 10 mins. to walk back again.


There is no charge for the tour, but donations towards the overhaul of Rebuilt West Country Class 4-6-2 no. 34039 Boscastle much appreciated. Illustrated Shed Guidebook available for £3.

PLEASE NOTE: Visitors are required to be in possession of valid GCR travel tickets or platform tickets. Tours are not suitable for children under 6 or for pushchairs.

Our next running day

We are operating steam-hauled passenger trains this weekend 15th and 16th August 2020 (pre-booking is essential).

Our on-train dining services remain suspended at present, but we are reviewing this situation regularly and will be pleased to transfer existing bookings to a future date when dining services resume...
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