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Annual General Meetings, Saturday, 6th July

The Great Central Railway PLC's annual general meeting will be held at Eadon Hall, Loughborough Grammar School LE11 2DU on Saturday 6th July 2019 at 10.30 am (doors open from 10 am).

As usual, this meeting will be followed at 12.30 pm, or shortly afterwards, by the annual general meeting of Friends of Great Central Main Line.

Car parking is available on-site, including disabled parking closest to the building entrance.

A map to the venue is available for download here.

 

Weekend Shed Tours Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th June

Volunteer members of the Boscastle team will be offering informative tours of the Loughborough Locomotive Shed on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June.

The tours will begin at 10 30, 11 00, 11 45, 12 45, 13 30, 14 15 and then, as guides are available, up to 15 30 & 1615.  

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.

A reunion from 1969 – the early days

A group led by John Clayton will be holding a nostalgic reunion on 18th August of the 1969 Belgrave & Birstall Action Group and Leicester Industrial Locomotive Group who celebrate their 50th anniversary this year, as does Main Line Preservation Group (MLPG).

They have traced most members and friends from 1969 but still have a few elusive contacts which they are trying to find.

If you were involved in, or have memories of the Belgrave & Birstall Action Group or with Lamport No3  from 1969, or at the inception of MLPG, please e-mail  Belgravebirstall@virginmedia.com in order to find out more and to share in the 50th anniversary reunion at GCR in August’.

Further information can be found by clicking here with images from the early days

Steam Dreams Discount for Friends Members

Steam Dreams, the mainline steam train tours company, is kindly offering a 10% discount on their day trips for all members of Friends of Great Central Main Line (FoGCML).

The discount is offered to members with up to three accompanying guests.

If you're not already a FoGCML member, this may be another good reason for you to join us!  Here's a link to more details and how to join

 

All bookings must be made by phone by calling 01483 209888, quoting discount code GCR10 and your membership number.

Details of trips can be obtained by visiting the Steam Dreams website

NB.

FoGCML membership must be valid at the time of booking and also on the day of travel.

Failure to show a valid membership card on the day of travel will result in the discount being cancelled and full payment will be required before being allowed to travel, similar to how the National Rail Card system is operated.

Unfortunately trains hauled by the "Flying Scotsman" and multi-day holidays are not included.

Loughborough Station improvements – update on Refreshment Room

Over the coming weeks, a programme of improvements will begin at our Loughborough Central station.

Initially, remedial work will be carried out on the guttering around the platform canopy to be followed by:

  • an extensive refitting of the Refreshment Room kitchen
  • repainting of the canopy itself (including the one at street level on Great Central Road).
  • interior painting of the Booking Office and the Retail Shop
  • repainting of the water tower at the north end of the platform.

It is not intended that these works will affect the Railway's public operation but further details can be expected with more precise dates and timescales as the project proceeds.

The Refreshment Room kitchen work has now been completed and the facility has re-opened fully.

 

Crossing the Canal appeal reaches £376,000

We're delighted to report that the Crossing the Canal appeal total has now reached £376,000! 

Meanwhile on the bridge itself, work has been continuing inside the protective sheeting which surrounds the scaffolding and the bridge.

The entire top section has been grit blasted and painted in the protective coating as shown in the photograph, and the top flange plate of the east girder has been replaced. The west girder top flange and ballast retention plates are to receive attention in the coming weeks.

With the structure revealed following grit blasting, an inspection has been undertaken to determine the condition of the bridge in greater detail, and a report is being prepared to allow the project to continue to the next stage.

We're very grateful for your tremendous support and look forward to bringing more news soon.

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

Bridging the Gap – Works at Midland Main Line bridge site

Work has started to relocate the pile of earth from its temporary location on the paddock owned by Loughborough Grammar School back onto the EMRT site where it will be stored until work starts in the future to reconstruct the northern embankment as part of the Bridging the Gap project.

To facilitate the construction of the abutment supporting the new bridge over the Midland Mainline, part of the old embankment and an area of the EMRT paddock were removed to accommodate the machinery and materials needed to erect the new bridge.

Now that the bridge has been completed and signed off by Network Rail, we are able to restore both paddocks to their former levels.  The cost of this work was included in the original budget for the bridge project and we are grateful that the Grammar School allowed us to store the spoil free of charge.

Meanwhile, work continues on the next exciting stage of our project to reunify the two halves of the Great Central Railway, Crossing the Canal. For more details please see www.gcrailway.co.uk/unify

Canal Bridge Latest News – 18th January 2019

With the canal bridge parapet repairs underway off site, it won’t be too much longer before work begins on the rest of the structure.

Before it can, it will be encased in a cloak of scaffolding. A site visit this week by our engineers saw detailed measurements taken so the temporary structure can be designed.

We are working with Canal and River Trust to make arrangements for the work to take place in a safe and efficient fashion, with as little disruption to canal users as possible. Further details will be published as soon as they are confirmed.

To achieve the necessary clearances, and protect the workforce, boaters and walkers on the tow path will be quite a challenge.

We are grateful to the Canal and River Trust and would like to thank them for their support.

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

 

 

Canal Bridge – 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

 

 

 

 

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