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Canal Bridge latest news – Work begins on-site!

We're delighted to report that work has begun on the Canal Bridge at Loughborough in a major step forward for our Bridging the Gap project.

A large crane has been on-site this morning to lift clear the distinctive lattice parapets from the 120 year-old bridge in preparation for these to be restored off-site by a specialist contractor.

A large lorry was skilfully manoeuvred to the site directly behind our Loughborough Locomotive Works, ready to receive the two lattice parapets (each weighing almost 8 tons), which will both be divided into two sections for the journey to Wales for restoration.

We are extremely grateful for the support received from the public, with over £300,000 now raised towards our Crossing the Canal appeal towards the £475,000 total required for this part of the project.

The canal bridge is a crucial stage of our project to link the two halves of the Great Central Railway to create an 18-mile heritage line.

A short distance further north, our new bridge across the Midland Main Line is now completed as the project continues to take strides forward.

For the latest news on this exciting project, please see www.gcrailway.co.uk/unify

 

 

Crossing the Canal – Appeal total passes £300,000

We're delighted to report that the Crossing the Canal appeal total has now exceeded the £300,000 mark.

GCR is continuing to work with contractors as the start of works on site approaches, and we will bring further news on the timetable of works as soon as the details are available.

We are very grateful for your tremendous support so far.

For the latest news on the project and to donate, please see www.gcrailway.co.uk/unify

 

 

Infrastructure improvements works at Rothley

Following the very popular Last Hurrah of the Season event, an opportunity has been taken for some infrastructure improvement works to take place before our Santa services begin.

GCR has been delighted to host a training and experience exercise this week where contractors have completed the "plain lining" of the carriage siding on the Down (west) side of the line. This siding is now disconnected from the main line and will be reconnected as part of improvements to the track layout at Rothley in the future. The vehicles remaining within the siding have been carefully selected as those which are not in the short-term restoration queue and will not require to be moved until after the siding is connected.

A road-rail vehicle in action as part of improvement works at Rothley. Photo: Graham Wignall.

The work is an example of how GCR works with the railway industry to achieve a mutual goals of achieving infrastructure improvements while also providing valuable training for industry professionals.

Weekend Shed Tours Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th November

Volunteer members of the Boscastle team will be offering informative tours of the Loughborough Locomotive Shed on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th November.

The tours will begin at 10 30 on the Saturday and then, as guides are available, up to 16 15. On the Sunday, the first tour will begin at 11.45 (but will be held back, if necessary, to allow passengers arriving on the 11.05 departure from Leicester, if this is delayed due to the Armistice services).

Party size is limited at the discretion of the guide.

Please assemble outside the loco shed door and await guide.

Tours last approximately half an hour; please allow 10 minutes to walk to the shed prior to the tour and 10 minutes to walk back again.

 

Loco Shed Scene - Dennis Wilcock

YOUR CHANCE TO SEE RESTORATION, OVERHAUL AND REPAIR WORK IN PROGRESS AND HEAR ABOUT THE PLACE OF 'BOSCASTLE' IN THE STORY OF THE GREAT CENTRAL RAILWAY.

There is no charge for the tour, but donations towards the overhaul of Rebuilt 'West Country' Class 4-6-2 no. 34039 Boscastle will be much appreciated - especially in view of the major work needed on the firebox.

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.

All locomotives and attractions appear subject to availability. Great Central Railway reserves the right to amend or cancel any service.

Loughborough Loco Shed Temporary Pathway Closure

We are glad to say that the pathway leading to the Loco shed from the pedestrian crossing at the north end of Loughborough station platform will be reopened on Thursday, 4th October.

It had been closed for the installation of an underground oil/water separator, oil tanks and pump station, plus the exchange of the existing Reverse Osmosis plant for an updated one. This was, of course, a major and much needed improvement in the Railway's infrastructure.

Bill Ford. Leader and legend. 1937-2018.

 

The very sad news of Bill Ford's passing on Sunday has no doubt already reached so many of our friends and supporters.

Bill was instrumental in the Railway's development from the earliest days of preservation.

He will be greatly missed by the whole GCR family.

Crossing the Canal – Appeal total passes £250,000

We're delighted to announce that the Crossing the Canal appeal to raise funds to repair the canal bridge north of our locomotive works at Loughborough has passed the £250,000 mark.

Your support for the project continues to be tremendous, and we are making major strides towards commencing work before too long.

For the very latest news on the Crossing the Canal appeal, please visit the appeal website at www.gcrailway.co.uk/unify

Inspector Vignoles – the new book and a film

The eagerly awaited 9th Inspector Vignoles Mystery ‘Cold Steel Rail’ by Stephen Done is now available to purchase from our Gift Shop at Loughborough priced at £8.99.

Set in December 1954, romantic notions of a cosy white Christmas are dashed for the tight knit community along a secluded branch line by the actions of a satanic Santa whose deathly season’s greetings send a tragic shockwave to the wider world. Inspector Charles Vignoles along with Sergeant Trinder are left to unravel a complicated murder mystery as the action speeds along the former Great Central line from rural Leicestershire to London, Liverpool & Manchester.

What is more, plans are now afoot to take Inspector Vignoles onto the small screen. Last week we issued our Inspector Vignoles press release and this is now receiving considerable interest from both the media - just please click on the above link to read more.

National Railway Museum broadcast

We were very pleased to welcome a film crew from the National Railway Museum at our End of Steam event on 11th August.

They filmed a live 54-minute Facebook broadcast from GCR which included significant footage from the footplate of 70013 "Oliver Cromwell, which is owned by the NRM, and some detailed background on the original 1968 event.

We have been informed by NRM that the film has been watched more than 33,000 times now and has potentially reached more than 120,000 people, making this one of their most popular posts ever. These figures do not include the additional audience of people reached through other posts and on Twitter, which would increase the numbers further. All-in-all some very valuable publicity for our railway.

A link to the film and the blog is shown below for those users who do not have Facebook:
https://blog.railwaymuseum.org.uk/fifteen-guineas-the-price-of-progress 

 

 

Future of AC Cars Railbus 79976

On behalf of the management.

In order to start the next phase of the Bridging the Gap project, clearance of the area north of the Loughborough locomotive shed has begun.

For several years, the AC Cars Railbus 79976 has been left untouched without any firms plans for restoration.

Following a recent push to find a new home for the vehicle, to no avail, the decision was taken to begin the heartbreaking process of dismantling the vehicle. This decision was not taken lightly.

However, following a recent enquiry from a prospective buyer, further dismantling has ceased.

We hope that in the coming weeks this vehicle will have a new owner.

Our next running day

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Our Santa Steam Trains (pre-booking essential) are running this Weekend.

Make your Christmas extra special by joining us on our Santa Steam Trains which all depart from Loughborough Central Station.

Click here for more information



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