Daily image gallery

Several new images each day while the railway is temporarily sleeping...

We'll be regularly updating our website with a selection of photographs taken on the railway in previous years. Special thanks to the photographers who have kindly provided images for use here.

We hope you enjoy the selection each day.


Added on Wednesday 3rd June...

Today's image 2 of 3
Published at 13:00

"With steam in abundance, Stanier Class 5 45305 hauls a southbound passenger train on the Great Central."
Photo © Gordon McCulloch.

 

 

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Published at 09:00

"Bright sunshine sets the scene as 4953 'Pitchford Hall' works a train away from Rothley."
Photo © Syd Hancock.

 

 


Added on Tuesday 2nd June...

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Published at 18:30

"The South Yorkshireman makes good progress through the Leicestershire countryside with a BR Standard Class 9F in charge."
Photo © Syd Hancock.

 

 

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Published at 13:50

"In the days before the return of double track, 6990 'Witherslack Hall' approaches Rothley with a passenger train."
Photo © Horace Gamble.

 

 

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Published at 09:30

"Steaming forward on a bright Leicestershire morning, O4 63601 works a short mixed goods train away from Loughborough." O4 63601 appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Photo © Martyn Tattam.

 

 


Added on Monday 1st June...

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Published at 18:30

"Built in the early 1960s for East Coast Main Line expresses, a number of Deltics have been preserved and have seen service on the main line and on heritage railways."
Photo © Syd Hancock.

 

 

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Published at 13:45

"Two trains pass on our double track, recreating scenes from a busy main line."
We celebrate 20 years since the newly reinstated double track was commissioned between Loughborough Central and Rothley.
Photo © John Smith.

 

 

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Published at 09:30

"Taking careful steps towards our return... BR Standard Class 2 78018 steams past Swithland Sidings on Sunday 31st May 2020."
Photo © Joe Connell.

 

 


Added on Sunday 31st May...

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Published at 19:20

"A bright afternoon sees the recreation of a Southern Region passenger train steaming away from another station call."
Photo © John Bagshaw.

 

 

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Published at 12:40

"Popular 3F 47406 passes Swithland Sidings with a short passenger train."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 

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Published at 09:30

"A morning passenger train proceeds with the benefit of two powerful locomotives on its journey south." 777 "Sir Lamiel" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Photo © John Smith.

 

 


Added on Saturday 30th May...

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Published at 19:00

"Working hard, BR Standard Class 2 and Bulleid Light Pacific accelerate a passenger train towards the south."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 

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Published at 14:30

"Recreating a bygone era from Britain's railway history, with two passing freight trains each hauled by a Stanier Class 8."
Photo © Martyn Tattam.

 

 

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Published at 09:30

"The impressive sight of an Eastern Region express... Peppercorn A2 Class 60532 'Blue Peter' steams away from Rothley with a train for Leicester North."
Photo © John Smith.

 

 


Added on Friday 29th May...

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Published at 18:20

"Late afternoon at Loughborough Central... With goods train delivered, K1 62005 prepares to go on shed."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 

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Published at 13:30

"Framed by the eastern arch of GCR Bridge 354, a coal train rumbles into Rothley Station."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 

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Published at 09:30

"Recreating a scene from railway yards across the country... British Railways operated an extensive fleet of road vehicles to support their operations far and wide."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 


Added on Thursday 28th May...

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Published at 20:00

"Looking over the driver's shoulder... First generation diesel railcars can provide an excellent forward view for passengers, due to a glazed bulkhead between driving cab and passenger compartment."
Photo © Graham Wignall.

 

 

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Published at 12:50

"Steam in motion... 78019 passes Swithland Sidings with a northbound passenger train."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 

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Published at 09:20

"The start of another day for a very popular GCR-built locomotive."
O4 63601 appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum, and is currently being overhauled to steam again at the Great Central.
Photo © Joe Connell.

 

 


Added on Wednesday 27th May...

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Published at 18:50

"On this day 27th May in 1876, William Stanier was born in Swindon. He went on to become the Chief Mechanical Engineer of the London Midland and Scottish Railway in 1932 and was responsible for a number of highly successful locomotive designs. One example, a Stanier Class 8 2-8-0 is seen here steaming away from Loughborough with a coal train."
Photo © John Bagshaw.

 

 

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Published at 09:00

"Stanier Class 8 48305 at work on a local passenger train, on the approaches to Loughborough Central."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 

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Published at 09:00

"A glance back to earlier days of preservation sees B1 61264 in full flight with the Travelling Post Office."
Photo © Andy Bennett.

 

 


Archive Gallery

Images posted more than seven days ago are displayed in smaller galleries below - please click on each image to see the full-size version.

 

Added on Tuesday 26th May...

"On the approaches to Quorn & Woodhouse, a passenger train steams southwards." - Photo © Ian Duffield.

"On the approaches to Quorn & Woodhouse, a passenger train steams southwards."
Photo © Ian Duffield.

"71000 'Duke of Gloucester' leads a passenger train on its journey through the British countryside." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"71000 'Duke of Gloucester' leads a passenger train on its journey through the British countryside."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"A morning passenger train bursts into bright sunlight on departure from Leicester North." - Photo © Joe Connell.

"A morning passenger train bursts into bright sunlight on departure from Leicester North."
Photo © Joe Connell.

 

 


Added on Monday 25th May...

"The loco's duties may be over for the day, but the crew still have important tasks to perform before their own rest can begin." - Photo © Joe Connell

"The loco's duties may be over for the day, but the crew still have important tasks to perform before their own rest can begin."
Photo © Joe Connell

"A tender-first working for Standard Class 5 73156 on a northbound departure from Rothley." - Photo © Roy Harris.

"A tender-first working for Standard Class 5 73156 on a northbound departure from Rothley."
Photo © Roy Harris.

"Loughborough Central is the stage for an impressive departure from a visiting GWR Manor." - Photo © Martyn Fisher.

"Loughborough Central is the stage for an impressive departure from a visiting GWR Manor."
Photo © Martyn Fisher.

 

 


Added on Sunday 24th May...

"Built for main line passenger work, Stanier's Jubilees were popular and successful members of the LMS fleet. 45596 'Bahamas' stands on shed at Loughborough in the mid-1990s." - Photo © John Bagshaw.

"Built for main line passenger work, Stanier's Jubilees were popular and successful members of the LMS fleet. 45596 'Bahamas' stands on shed at Loughborough in the mid-1990s."
Photo © John Bagshaw.

"The latter days of British Railways steam recreated on an overcast afternoon in Leicestershire." - Photo © Joe Connell.

"The latter days of British Railways steam recreated on an overcast afternoon in Leicestershire."
Photo © Joe Connell.

"With power and purpose, popular K1 62005 accelerates away from Loughborough Central." - Photo © Alan Weaver.

"With power and purpose, popular K1 62005 accelerates away from Loughborough Central."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on Saturday 23rd May...

"A busy scene on shed as locomotives are prepared for a gala event on the Great Central." We're really looking forward to staging gala events again in the future when the situation improves. - Photo © Peter Salmon.

"A busy scene on shed as locomotives are prepared for a gala event on the Great Central."  We're really looking forward to staging gala events again in the future when the situation improves.
Photo © Peter Salmon.

"The afternoon sunshine finds a 9F on a short mixed good train." - Photo © Daryl Hutchinson.

"The afternoon sunshine finds a 9F on a short mixed good train."
Photo © Daryl Hutchinson.

"Swithland Reservoir provides a picturesque backdrop as a southbound passenger train steams forward." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Swithland Reservoir provides a picturesque backdrop as a southbound passenger train steams forward."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on Friday 22nd May...

Today we have taken the first very careful steps towards our eventual return. Although the railway remains closed to the public for now, and majority of departments remain closed to all for the time being, a very small number of the team have returned to work in a carefully-controlled way as we begin to restart our operations.

With precautions in place, including Driver and Fireman wearing face coverings, and Guard alone in the coaches, BR Standard Class 2 78018 completed some important test runs along the line today to confirm the success of repair works.

We are regularly reviewing the situation and closely monitoring government advice, and look forward to restarting other areas of our operation when it is safe and appropriate to do so. We are very grateful for the patience and understanding shown by everyone while our offices and facilities are closed.

We send our best wishes to all of our visitors, supporters, and every member of the GCR family, and look forward to returning when the situation allows.

 

"A very welcome sight as BR Standard Class 2 78018 passes Swithland Sidings on a test run earlier today." - Photo © Great Central Railway / AJM.

"A very welcome sight as BR Standard Class 2 78018 passes Swithland Sidings on a test run earlier today."
Photo © Great Central Railway / AJM.

"Small but powerful... Popular 3F 47406 steams away from Quorn & Woodhouse with a local passenger train." -Photo © Alan Weaver.

"Small but powerful... Popular 3F 47406 steams away from Quorn & Woodhouse with a local passenger train."Photo © Alan Weaver.

"An express thunders on towards the south, with Bulleid Light Pacific in charge." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"An express thunders on towards the south, with Bulleid Light Pacific in charge."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on Thursday 21st May...

"The light of the sunset creates an impressive stage for a passing Stanier Class 8." - Photo © John Bagshaw.

"The light of the sunset creates an impressive stage for a passing Stanier Class 8."
Photo © John Bagshaw.

"Thirsty work for locos and crew alike. London Transport liveried pannier tank L92 (5786) takes water at Loughborough Central." - Photo © Joe Connell.

"Thirsty work for locos and crew alike. London Transport liveried pannier tank L92 (5786) takes water at Loughborough Central."
Photo © Joe Connell.

"A King Arthur designed for express passenger work has ample power to spare while hauling a short freight." 30777 "Sir Lamiel" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum. - Photo © John Smith.

"A King Arthur designed for express passenger work has ample power to spare while hauling a short freight." 30777 "Sir Lamiel" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Photo © John Smith.

 

 


Added on Wednesday 20th May...

"A coal train trundles through the loop to await a path on the main line." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"A coal train trundles through the loop to await a path on the main line."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Hall and Hall... A capable partnership put through its paces on a Western Region express." - Photo © Alan Weaver.

"Hall and Hall... A capable partnership put through its paces on a Western Region express."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

"The morning light shines brightly as the day's first northbound departure is prepared." 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum. - Photo © Joe Connell.

"The morning light shines brightly as the day's first northbound departure is prepared." 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Photo © Joe Connell.

 

 


Added on Tuesday 19th May...

"With signal lamps shining brightly, trains pass on a busy main line as nightfall approaches." - Photo © John Bagshaw.

"With signal lamps shining brightly, trains pass on a busy main line as nightfall approaches."
Photo © John Bagshaw.

"Looking back to earlier times in the preservation era, 6990 'Witherslack Hall' works a passenger train from Loughborough before the reinstatement of double-track." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Looking back to earlier times in the preservation era, 6990 'Witherslack Hall' works a passenger train from Loughborough before the reinstatement of double-track."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"An arrival at Quorn & Woodhouse signals the start of another day on the Great Central." - Photo © Peter Salmon.

"An arrival at Quorn & Woodhouse signals the start of another day on the Great Central."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 


Added on Monday 18th May...

"With duty done, a B1 awaits the next task and driver considers the clue for 3 across." - Photo © Ken Simms.

"With duty done, a B1 awaits the next task and driver considers the clue for 3 across."
Photo © Ken Simms.

"Echoes of the 1960s as a work-stained 9F leads a passenger train towards Leicester North." 9F 92214 was specially weathered to present a typical 1960s appearance for a photographic charter. - Photo © Joe Connell.

"Echoes of the 1960s as a work-stained 9F leads a passenger train towards Leicester North."  9F 92214 was specially weathered to present a typical 1960s appearance for a photographic charter.
Photo © Joe Connell.

"Giants prepare... Two of Stanier's finest locomotives are made ready for the day's duties." - Photo © Graham Wignall.

"Giants prepare... Two of Stanier's finest locomotives are made ready for the day's duties."
Photo © Graham Wignall.

 

 


Added on Sunday 17th May...

"The magnificent 'Oliver Cromwell' stands on shed after another busy turn of duty." 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum. This popular locomotive is currently being overhauled and will steam again at the Great Central. - Photo © Andrew Royle.

"The magnificent 'Oliver Cromwell' stands on shed after another busy turn of duty."
70013 "Oliver Cromwell" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum. This popular locomotive is currently being overhauled and will steam again at the Great Central.
Photo © Andrew Royle.

"A passenger train steams southwards in the afternoon sunshine, with 9F 92203 in charge." - Photo © Martyn Tattam.

"A passenger train steams southwards in the afternoon sunshine, with 9F 92203 in charge."
Photo © Martyn Tattam.

"Gresley's V2s were once a common sight on the former Great Central main line between London Marylebone and Sheffield." 4771 "Green Arrow" was preserved and is owned by the National Railway Museum. - Photo © John Smith.

"Gresley's V2s were once a common sight on the former Great Central main line between London Marylebone and Sheffield."4771 "Green Arrow" was preserved and is owned by the National Railway Museum.
Photo © John Smith.

 

 


Added on Saturday 16th May...

"The smart apple green livery of J72 69023 brightens the day while hauling a short passenger train." This North Eastern Railway inspired livery was originally applied to two members of the class by British Railways in the early 1960s, for use on station pilot duties at Newcastle and York. - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"The smart apple green livery of J72 69023 brightens the day while hauling a short passenger train." This North Eastern Railway inspired livery was originally applied to two members of the class by British Railways in the early 1960s, for use on station pilot duties at Newcastle and York.
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"A fine locomotive from the original Great Central Railway Company appears in British Railways livery in familiar territory on the preserved GCR." GCR Improved Director Class 506 "Butler Henderson" (appearing here carrying later British Railways number 62660) is owned by the National Railway Museum. - Photo © John Bagshaw.

"A fine locomotive from the original Great Central Railway Company appears in British Railways livery in familiar territory on the preserved GCR."
GCR Improved Director Class 506 "Butler Henderson" (appearing here carrying later British Railways number 62660) is owned by the National Railway Museum.
Photo © John Bagshaw.

"A passenger train takes priority with a Hall in charge as an 8F awaits instructions." - Photo © Ken Simms.

"A passenger train takes priority with a Hall in charge as an 8F awaits instructions."
Photo © Ken Simms.

 

 


Added on Friday 15th May...

"With power in reserve, 70013 'Oliver Cromwell' accelerates away from Loughborough Central." 70013 appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum. - Photo © Joe Connell.

"With power in reserve, 70013 'Oliver Cromwell' accelerates away from Loughborough Central." 70013 appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Photo © Joe Connell.

"Delivering the goods. Ivatt Class 2MT 46521 working tender-first with a short freight train." - Photo © Roy Harris.

"Delivering the goods. Ivatt Class 2MT 46521 working tender-first with a short freight train."
Photo © Roy Harris.

"A product of the 1950s, the British Railways Standard Class 4 tank was once a common sight on commuter and suburban trains." - Photo © Graham Wignall.

"A product of the 1950s, the British Railways Standard Class 4 tank was once a common sight on commuter and suburban trains."
Photo © Graham Wignall.

 

 


Added on Thursday 14th May...

"The evening begins with 2MTs at work, guiding a passenger train through the Leicestershire countryside." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"The evening begins with 2MTs at work, guiding a passenger train through the Leicestershire countryside."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Green for the Up Loop.... 47406 is signalled into the Up Loop at Swithland Sidings with a train of empty mineral wagons." - Photo © Graham Wignall.

"Green for the Up Loop.... 47406 is signalled into the Up Loop at Swithland Sidings with a train of empty mineral wagons."
Photo © Graham Wignall.

"Feeding the boilers of bygone industry... 6990 Witherslack Hall works a short coal train through a busy town station." - Photo © Alan Weaver.

"Feeding the boilers of bygone industry... 6990 Witherslack Hall works a short coal train through a busy town station."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on Wednesday 13th May...

"Moving the nation's freight by the power of steam... A sight of yesteryear recreated." - Photo © Great Central Railway / AJM.

"Moving the nation's freight by the power of steam... A sight of yesteryear recreated."
Photo © Great Central Railway / AJM.

"At home in the Midlands, the 'Peaks' were the main motive power for express passenger trains on the Midland Main Line for two decades until the early 1980s, and a number have survived into preservation." - Photo © Andrew Royle.

"At home in the Midlands, the 'Peaks' were the main motive power for express passenger trains on the Midland Main Line for two decades until the early 1980s, and a number have survived into preservation."
Photo © Andrew Royle.

"The day begins with a determined departure for the south in the hands of a U Class 2-6-0." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"The day begins with a determined departure for the south in the hands of a U Class 2-6-0."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on Tuesday 12th May...

"At the day's end, an 8F rests on shed..." On this occasion, 48305 was appearing as 48476. - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"At the day's end, an 8F rests on shed..." On this occasion, 48305 was appearing as 48476.
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"A scene from earlier times: Loughborough Central in 1975 with King Haakon, and Boscastle showing signs of restoration in progress." - Photo © W.R. Squires Collection.

"A scene from earlier times: Loughborough Central in 1975 with King Haakon, and Boscastle showing signs of restoration in progress."
Photo © W.R. Squires Collection.

"A busy scene at Swithland Sidings - Recreating the experience of a bygone era on British main lines." - Photo © Roy Harris.

"A busy scene at Swithland Sidings - Recreating the experience of a bygone era on British main lines."
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 


Added on Monday 11th May...

"A scene from the past as we see Number 39 at Belgrave and Birstall station in 1973." - Photo © David Putt.

"A scene from the past as we see Number 39 at Belgrave and Birstall station in 1973."
Photo © David Putt.

"The start of a journey by steam train. An enjoyable experience for generations past, present, and future." - Photo © Andrew Royle.

"The start of a journey by steam train. An enjoyable experience for generations past, present, and future."
Photo © Andrew Royle.

"Creating an atmospheric scene, a B1 hurries south with a passenger train." - Photo © Scott Mattock.

"Creating an atmospheric scene, a B1 hurries south with a passenger train."
Photo © Scott Mattock.

 

 


Added on Sunday 10th May...

"With an LMS 4F in charge, a train of coal empties trundles past as the sun begins to set on another day." - Photo © John Smith.

"With an LMS 4F in charge, a train of coal empties trundles past as the sun begins to set on another day."
Photo © John Smith.

"The Fireman checks the next signal as an afternoon local train continues on its way." - Photo © Roy Harris.

"The Fireman checks the next signal as an afternoon local train continues on its way."
Photo © Roy Harris.

"A shovel of coal is added to the fire to help complete the climb as the gradient eases." - Photo © John Bagshaw.

"A shovel of coal is added to the fire to help complete the climb as the gradient eases."
Photo © John Bagshaw.

 

 


Added on Saturday 9th May...

"Retracing the steps of bygone expresses. GCR Improved Director Class No. 506 'Butler Henderson' stands in familiar territory at Quorn & Woodhouse on the preserved Great Central." 506 is owned by the National Railway Museum. - Photo © Graham Wignall.

"Retracing the steps of bygone expresses. GCR Improved Director Class No. 506 'Butler Henderson' stands in familiar territory at Quorn & Woodhouse on the preserved Great Central." 506 is owned by the National Railway Museum.
Photo © Graham Wignall.

"With locomotive and coaches gleaming, a western express gathers pace on the long straight." - Photo © Joe Connell.

"With locomotive and coaches gleaming, a western express gathers pace on the long straight."
Photo © Joe Connell.

"The bright sunshine at Swithland Sidings provides the stage for successive generations of Class 5 to impress." - Photo © Alan Weaver.

"The bright sunshine at Swithland Sidings provides the stage for successive generations of Class 5 to impress."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on Friday 8th May...

"Introduced in 1943, the War Department 'Austerity' 2-8-0s were based on Stanier's Class 8, and saw service on heavy freight trains both in this country and overseas." - Photo © Martyn Tattam.

"Introduced in 1943, the War Department 'Austerity' 2-8-0s were based on Stanier's Class 8, and saw service on heavy freight trains both in this country and overseas."
Photo © Martyn Tattam.

"Stanier's Class 8 design was selected by the War Department for large scale production during the Second World War. 48624 is the only remaining example of a Southern Railway built member of the class, and was completed at Ashford Works in 1943." - Photo © John Smith.

"Stanier's Class 8 design was selected by the War Department for large scale production during the Second World War. 48624 is the only remaining example of a Southern Railway built member of the class, and was completed at Ashford Works in 1943."
Photo © John Smith.

Today on May 8th we had intended to mark VE Day with events across the railway to commemorate 75 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe, and to pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of the entire Second World War generation.</strong><br /> This photograph was taken in 2018 at an event to commemorate 100 years since the armistice marking the end of the First World War. - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

Today on May 8th we had intended to mark VE Day with events across the railway to commemorate 75 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe, and to pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of the entire Second World War generation.
This photograph was taken in 2018 at an event to commemorate 100 years since the armistice marking the end of the First World War.
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on Thursday 7th May...

"Built for heavy freight, the British Railways 9Fs also proved themselves highly capable on passenger turns, including the Manchester-Bournemouth Pines Express." - Photo © Peter Salmon.

"Built for heavy freight, the British Railways 9Fs also proved themselves highly capable on passenger turns, including the Manchester-Bournemouth Pines Express."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

"A short pause for a light engine at a country station. A timely arrival provides the footplate crew with an opportunity to obtain tea (and cake) before the next duty." - Photo © Roy Harris.

"A short pause for a light engine at a country station. A timely arrival provides the footplate crew with an opportunity to obtain tea (and cake) before the next duty."
Photo © Roy Harris.

"The grimy appearance of a work-stained 2MT recreates typical scenes from the latter days of steam on British Railways." - Photo © Joe Connell.

"The grimy appearance of a work-stained 2MT recreates typical scenes from the latter days of steam on British Railways."
Photo © Joe Connell.

 

 


Added on Wednesday 6th May...

"B12 and B1 are resplendent in LNER colours as they haul a passenger train through the Leicestershire countryside. - Photo © John Bagshaw.

"B12 and B1 are resplendent in LNER colours as they haul a passenger train through the Leicestershire countryside.
Photo © John Bagshaw.

"The sight of an Ivatt Class 4 2-6-0 makes for an impressive scene while working a train for Leicester North." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"The sight of an Ivatt Class 4 2-6-0 makes for an impressive scene while working a train for Leicester North."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Schools and King Arthur classes of the Southern Railway share the load on a southbound passenger train." 925 "Cheltenham" and 777 "Sir Lamiel" are owned by the National Railway Museum. - Photo © John Smith.

"Schools and King Arthur classes of the Southern Railway share the load on a southbound passenger train." 925 "Cheltenham" and 777 "Sir Lamiel" are owned by the National Railway Museum.
Photo © John Smith.

 

 

 


Added on Tuesday 5th May...

"Celebrating the early days of preservation. Littleton No.5 stands at Loughborough Central in the summer of 1973." - Photo © David Putt.

"Celebrating the early days of preservation. Littleton No.5 stands at Loughborough Central in the summer of 1973."
Photo © David Putt.

"Passing trains steaming through the countryside... Once an everyday sight throughout Britain's railways." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Passing trains steaming through the countryside... Once an everyday sight throughout Britain's railways."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Locomotive history on show as Furness Railway No.20 of 1863 stands beside O4 63601 of 1912 (which was originally built as Great Central Railway 8K No.102)." 63601 appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum, and Furness No.20 appears courtesy of the Furness Railway Trust. - Photo © Martyn Tattam.

"Locomotive history on show as Furness Railway No.20 of 1863 stands beside O4 63601 of 1912 (which was originally built as Great Central Railway 8K No.102)." 63601 appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum, and Furness No.20 appears courtesy of the Furness Railway Trust.
Photo © Martyn Tattam.

 

 


Added on Monday 4th May...

"Assorted vans for destinations many, hauled onwards by a Bulleid Light Pacific." - Photo © Lewis Day.

"Assorted vans for destinations many, hauled onwards by a Bulleid Light Pacific."
Photo © Lewis Day.

"A passenger train powers away from a station stop, while a goods train waits to continue its own journey forward." - Photo © Peter Salmon.

"A passenger train powers away from a station stop, while a goods train waits to continue its own journey forward."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

"An Eastern Region express makes determined progress with power and grace." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"An Eastern Region express makes determined progress with power and grace."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on Sunday 3rd May...

Steam galas - Popular scenes which will return in the future! - Photo © Roy Harris.

Steam galas - Popular scenes which will return in the future!
Photo © Roy Harris.

Diesel galas from the past - scenes to be enjoyed again when we return! - Photo © Steven Havers.

Diesel galas from the past - scenes to be enjoyed again when we return!
Photo © Steven Havers.

"51 years since closure by British Railways, the now preserved Great Central Railway is still going strong."
Photo © Great Central Railway / AJM

 

Today marks 51 years since the final passenger train operated by British Railways ran on the former Great Central Main Line on 3rd May 1969. We compare the scene today with those final months..

"6990 Witherslack Hall sets the modern day scene at the preserved Loughborough Central." - Photo © Great Central Railway / AJM.

"6990 Witherslack Hall sets the modern day scene at the preserved Loughborough Central."
Photo © Great Central Railway / AJM.

"Back in 1969 a diesel railcar departs during the station's final months of British Railways passenger services." - Photo © David Putt.

"Back in 1969 a diesel railcar departs during the station's final months of British Railways passenger services."
Photo © David Putt.

 

One year ago, the 50th anniversary of closure was commemorated with the Renaissance Railcars team completing restoration of a blue diesel railcar to recreate those final trains. There is a video on our YouTube channel recording this event at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgHxuhQTG7I

 

The newly restored Metro Cammell Diesel Railcar in blue livery (right) nears completion in late April 2019.
Photo © Great Central Railway / AJM.

Loughborough Central station during the final days of British Railway operation in 1969.

 

 


Added on Saturday 2nd May...

"A window into the past... Looking back to the earlier days of the preserved Great Central." - Photo © Graham Wignall.

"A window into the past... Looking back to the earlier days of the preserved Great Central."
Photo © Graham Wignall.

"Recreating a bygone era of rail travel with heritage steam and diesel power". All of our heritage steam and diesel locomotives are now over 50 years old. - Photo © Steven Havers.

"Recreating a bygone era of rail travel with heritage steam and diesel power". All of our heritage steam and diesel locomotives are now over 50 years old.
Photo © Steven Havers.

 

Today's post 1 of 3 (a small image gallery)
Published at 09:30

"Hymek in the early evening sun". D7017 passes Swithland Sidings with a passenger train.
Photo © Joe Connell

"EE passes Sulzer on the approaches to Loughborough."
Photo © Steven Havers.

"25s impress as they power away from Loughborough"
Photo © Joe Connell

"The late 1960s recreated by a passing Type 4 on a passenger train"
Photo © Great Central Railway / AJM.

 

 


Added on Friday 1st May...

"34039 Boscastle at work on a southbound passenger train."</strong>34039 is now being overhauled and will return to steam once again at the Great Central. - Photo © John Smith.

"34039 Boscastle at work on a southbound passenger train."34039 is now being overhauled and will return to steam once again at the Great Central.
Photo © John Smith.

"Class 2MTs stand ready for action ahead of their next duty." - Photo © Peter Salmon.

"Class 2MTs stand ready for action ahead of their next duty."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

"The day begins with a passenger train in the hands of a Bulleid Light Pacific." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"The day begins with a passenger train in the hands of a Bulleid Light Pacific"
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on Thursday 30th April...

"Stanier's Jubilee - a fine design of locomotive built for hauling passenger trains at speed". A gleaming 5593 "Kolhapur" stands at Rothley awaiting her next turn of duty. -Photo © John Bagshaw.

"Stanier's Jubilee - a fine design of locomotive built for hauling passenger trains at speed". A gleaming 5593 "Kolhapur" stands at Rothley awaiting her next turn of duty.
Photo © John Bagshaw.

"Two Class 5s prepare to haul an afternoon special from Loughborough Central." - Photo © Alan Weaver.

"Two Class 5s prepare to haul an afternoon special from Loughborough Central."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

"The morning sunlight catches a southbound goods train hauled by popular O4 63601." 63601 was built by the Great Central Railway at Gorton Works in 1912 and appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum. - Photo © Joe Connell.

"The morning sunlight catches a southbound goods train hauled by popular O4 63601."
63601 was built by the Great Central Railway at Gorton Works in 1912 and appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Photo © Joe Connell.

 

 


Added on Wednesday 29th April...

"In the early 1960s, a Type 2 diesel was a sign of things to come... Over 50 years later, both steam and diesel locomotives from the time are preserved and still going strong." - Photo © John Smith.

"In the early 1960s, a Type 2 diesel was a sign of things to come... Over 50 years later, both steam and diesel locomotives from the time are preserved and still going strong."
Photo © John Smith.

"Coal, water, and tea... Essential ingredients for steam locomotive operation." - Photo © Peter Salmon.

"Coal, water, and tea... Essential ingredients for steam locomotive operation."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

"Vans arrive for their onward journey with a waiting 9F." - Photo © Roy Harris.

"Vans arrive for their onward journey with a waiting 9F."
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 


Added on Tuesday 28th April...

"Rolling back the years, we see King Haakon at Quorn &amp; Woodhouse in the early days of preservation." - Photo &copy; Graham Wignall.

"Rolling back the years, we see King Haakon at Quorn & Woodhouse in the early days of preservation."
Photo © Graham Wignall.

"One of Stanier's finest... Class 8 48305 steams away from Loughborough with an afternoon mineral train." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"One of Stanier's finest... Class 8 48305 steams away from Loughborough with an afternoon mineral train."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Recreating the experience with a weathered 8F at Loughborough, where only the security camera betrays the modern era." - Photo © Lewis Day.

"Recreating the experience with a weathered 8F at Loughborough, where only the security camera betrays the modern era."
Photo © Lewis Day.

 

 


Added on Monday 27th April...

"The busy approaches to a station are graced by two superb 4-6-0s hauling vans and postal." - Photo © John Smith.

"The busy approaches to a station are graced by two superb 4-6-0s hauling vans and postal."
Photo © John Smith.

"The scene at Loughborough in April 1974 with Boscastle in the early stages of restoration and locomotive shed under construction." 34039 "Boscastle" later returned to service, and is now being overhauled to steam again at the Great Central. - Photo © W.R. Squires Collection.

"The scene at Loughborough in April 1974 with Boscastle in the early stages of restoration and locomotive shed under construction." 34039 "Boscastle" later returned to service, and is now being overhauled to steam again at the Great Central.
Photo © W.R. Squires Collection.

"A class 2MT shunting in sidings while a morning passenger train steams onwards." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"A class 2MT shunting in sidings while a morning passenger train steams onwards."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on Sunday 26th April...

"The bright livery of a passing B12 lifts the mood of a grey evening." - Photo © John Smith.

"The bright livery of a passing B12 lifts the mood of a grey evening."
Photo © John Smith.

"With power to spare, a Fairburn 2-6-4T makes light work of a mixed goods train towards Quorn &amp; Woodhouse." - Photo © Martyn Tattam.

"With power to spare, a Fairburn 2-6-4T makes light work of a mixed goods train towards Quorn & Woodhouse."
Photo © Martyn Tattam.

"The early morning sun catches a passing freight." - Photo © Graham Wignall.

"The early morning sun catches a passing freight."
Photo © Graham Wignall.

 

 


Added on Saturday 25th April...

"Loco crew discussions in the company of a King." GWR King class 6023 "King Edward II" (running as 6015 "King Richard III") stands at Loughborough beside Ivatt Class 2 46521 which was also built at the GWR's Swindon Works after nationalisation. - Photo © Philip Grain.

"Loco crew discussions in the company of a King."
GWR King class 6023 "King Edward II" (running as 6015 "King Richard III") stands at Loughborough beside Ivatt Class 2 46521 which was also built at the GWR's Swindon Works after nationalisation.
Photo © Philip Grain.

"Manor pilots Hall on a Western excursion." - Photo © John Bagshaw.

"Manor pilots Hall on a Western excursion."
Photo © John Bagshaw.

"Very much at home on the Great Central - 6990 Witherslack Hall." Today's theme showing locomotives from the Great Western Railway or Western Region of British Railways was chosen by our Facebook followers in this week's poll. - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Very much at home on the Great Central - 6990 Witherslack Hall."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 

Bus Rally - Bonus images.

Our annual Bus Rally was due to take place today at Quorn & Woodhouse station in conjunction with the Leicester Transport Heritage Trust.

We look forward to staging this event again in the future during better times, but in the meantime here are some images from previous years from the LTHT collection.

 

 

 


Added on Friday 24th April...

"The day's work done, the locos rest on shed." - Photo © Alan Weaver.

"The day's work done, the locos rest on shed."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

"A departing train... The beginning of many an enjoyable journey." - Photo © Gordon McCulloch.

"A departing train... The beginning of many an enjoyable journey."
Photo © Gordon McCulloch.

"Fond memories of the early days of preservation - Forward!" This image from the early 1970s shows Robert Nelson Number 4 steaming towards Quorn &amp; Woodhouse. The former Down line on the left was later lifted by British Rail, but double-track has since been reinstated during the preservation era. - Photo © Graham Wignall.

"Fond memories of the early days of preservation - Forward!"
This image from the early 1970s shows Robert Nelson Number 4 steaming towards Quorn & Woodhouse. 
Photo © Graham Wignall.

 

 


Added on Thursday 23rd April...

"Sir Nigel Gresley's A4 Pacific which bears his name, takes the spotlight at Loughborough." - Photo © John Bagshaw.

"Sir Nigel Gresley's A4 Pacific which bears his name, takes the spotlight at Loughborough."
Photo © John Bagshaw.

"Two Stanier 2-8-0s catch the eye at Swithland Sidings on the Great Central." This highly successful design of heavy freight locomotive has become popular on preserved railways as a dependable performer on passenger trains. - Photo © Paul Callow.

"Two Stanier 2-8-0s catch the eye at Swithland Sidings on the Great Central."
This highly successful design of heavy freight locomotive has become popular on preserved railways as a dependable performer on passenger trains.
Photo © Paul Callow.

"The day begins with freight, and empty wagons being collected ready to receive the day's important cargo." - Photo © Graham Wignall.

"The day begins with freight, and empty wagons being collected ready to receive the day's important cargo."
Photo © Graham Wignall.

 

 


Added on Wednesday 22nd April...

 

"Branch line freight with trusty 3F in charge". 47406 has been a superb member of the fleet for the last ten years, and we're looking forward to seeing the popular 0-6-0 back in service after overhaul. - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Branch line freight with trusty 3F in charge". 47406 has been a superb member of the fleet for the last ten years, and we're looking forward to seeing the popular 0-6-0 back in service after overhaul.
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"A short pause between duties for 47406." The popular 3F is checked over by the footplate crew before the next duty. - Photo © Roy Harris.

"A short pause between duties for 47406." The popular 3F is checked over by the footplate crew before the next duty.
Photo © Roy Harris.

"Looking back on happy memories of 47406". The popular 3F 0-6-0 is being withdrawn for overhaul as the current boiler certificate expires today, but don't worry, this popular engine will return. - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Looking back on happy memories of 47406". The popular 3F 0-6-0 is being withdrawn for overhaul as the current boiler certificate expires today, but don't worry, this popular engine will return.
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on Tuesday 21st April...

 

"70013 Oliver Cromwell steams away from Loughborough Central on Christmas Day 2018." Taken in the same location as our image from earler today of Littleton Number 5, we see how much has changed in four decades. 70013 appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum. - Photo © Great Central Railway / AJM.

"70013 Oliver Cromwell steams away from Loughborough Central on Christmas Day 2018." Taken in the same location as our image from Littleton Number 5 (right), we see how much has changed in four decades. 70013 appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Photo © Great Central Railway / AJM.

"43 years ago, Littleton Number 5 makes a determined start from Loughborough Central towards Quorn &amp; Woodhouse." In the intervening years, extensive changes have been seen here, with double-track and full signalling being reinstated. - Photo © Syd Hancock.

"43 years ago, Littleton Number 5 makes a determined start from Loughborough Central towards Quorn & Woodhouse." In the intervening years, extensive changes have been seen here, with double-track and full signalling being reinstated.
Photo © Syd Hancock.

"Synchronised ash clearance." Clearing the ash pits is a long-established task for aspiring steam footplate crews when they begin their careers as Locomotive Cleaners. - Photo © Graham Wignall.

"Synchronised ash clearance." Clearing the ash pits is a long-established task for aspiring steam footplate crews when they begin their careers as Locomotive Cleaners.
Photo © Graham Wignall.

 

 


Added on Monday 20th April...

 

"47406 prepares to bow out for now, but is sure to return." Popular 3F 47406 reaches the end of the current boiler certificate this week and will be withdrawn for overhaul. We look forward to this very popular member of the fleet returning to service in the future. - Photo © Ken Simms.

"47406 prepares to bow out for now, but is sure to return." Popular 3F 47406 reaches the end of the current boiler certificate this week and will be withdrawn for overhaul. We look forward to this very popular member of the fleet returning to service in the future.
Photo © Ken Simms.

"Now almost 60 years old, Peak Type 4 D123 was once a regular sight on the Midland Main Line and is now preserved on the Great Central." - Photo © Andrew Royle.

"Now almost 60 years old, Peak Type 4 D123 was once a regular sight on the Midland Main Line and is now preserved on the Great Central."
Photo © Andrew Royle.

"One of Stanier's finest makes a determined start with a local passenger train." - Photo © Joe Connell.

"One of Stanier's finest makes a determined start with a local passenger train."
Photo © Joe Connell.

 

 


Added on Sunday 19th April...

 

"Nightfall beckons as a Stanier Class 8 marches on with a mineral train." - Photo © Alan Weaver.

"Nightfall beckons as a Stanier Class 8 marches on with a mineral train."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

"Afternoon freight by the locos of the LMS." - Photo © John Smith.

"Afternoon freight by the locos of the LMS."
Photo © John Smith.

"An impressive arrival from the always impressive Oliver Cromwell". 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum. - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"An impressive arrival from the always impressive Oliver Cromwell". 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on Saturday 18th April...

 

"A firm favourite at the preserved GCR, O4 63601 works a coal train along the Great Central Main Line." Built at the Great Central Railway's Gorton Works in 1912 as a member of the 8K Class (later classified O4 by the LNER), 63601 appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum. The loco is now being overhauled and will steam again at the Great Central. - Photo © Andrew Royle.

"A firm favourite at the preserved GCR, O4 63601 works a coal train along the Great Central Main Line." Built at the Great Central Railway's Gorton Works in 1912 as a member of the 8K Class (later classified O4 by the LNER), 63601 appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum. The loco is now being overhauled and will steam again at the Great Central.
Photo © Andrew Royle.

"Generations meet at Loughborough." Three fine locomotives designed for the London &amp; North Eastern Railway or its constituent companies. Photo © Graham Wignall.

"Generations meet at Loughborough." Three fine locomotives designed for the London & North Eastern Railway or its constituent companies.
Photo © Graham Wignall.

"A B12 of the LNER brightens the gloom of cloudy day." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"A B12 of the LNER brightens the gloom of cloudy day."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


 

Added on Friday 17th April...

 

"Passengers board, parcels are loaded, and the immense power of an express steam locomotive is at the driver's command." - Photo © Paul Callow.

"Passengers board, parcels are loaded, and the immense power of an express steam locomotive is at the driver's command."
Photo © Paul Callow.

"The march of a southern express in the afternoon sun." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"The march of a southern express in the afternoon sun."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"A country station welcomes a Hall to begin another day's traffic." - Photo © Roy Harris.

"A country station welcomes a Hall to begin another day's traffic."
Photo © Roy Harris.

 


 

Added on Thursday 16th April...

 

"Approaching from a distance, but still in our minds until the day when wheels turn again." - Photo © Graham Wignall.

"Approaching from a distance, but still in our minds until the day when wheels turn again."
Photo © Graham Wignall.

"Images of Western Region steam." Locomotives with a Great Western Railway heritage are always popular visitors to the Great Central. - Photo © John Smith.

"Images of Western Region steam." Locomotives with a Great Western Railway heritage are always popular visitors to the Great Central.
Photo © John Smith.

"A King Arthur hauled express glides across the viaduct on a journey south."<br /> 777 "Sir Lamiel" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum. - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"A King Arthur hauled express glides across the viaduct on a journey south."
777 "Sir Lamiel" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on Wednesday 15th April...

 

"A Southern steam theme for an early evening goods train." - Photo © Ian Duffield.

"A Southern steam theme for an early evening goods train."
Photo © Ian Duffield.

"Before the locos of Fowler and Stanier, the Hughes Crab was a very successful mixed-traffic design for the LMS by George Hughes." - Photo © John Smith.

"Before the locos of Fowler and Stanier, the Hughes Crab was a very successful mixed-traffic design for the LMS by George Hughes."
Photo © John Smith.

"Goods wagons. Just a few of the one million one hundred and twenty four thousand eight hundred and twelve owned by British Railways in 1957." - Photo © Graham Wignall.

"Goods wagons. Just a few of the one million one hundred and twenty four thousand eight hundred and twelve owned by British Railways in 1957."
Photo © Graham Wignall.

 


Added on Tuesday 14th April...

 

"9F power for a southbound passenger train." - Photo © Gordon McCulloch.

"9F power for a southbound passenger train."
Photo © Gordon McCulloch.

"Heavy freight steam power from the North Eastern Railway - a popular guest on the GCR." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Heavy freight steam power from the North Eastern Railway - a popular guest on the GCR."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"An early morning departure from Loughborough Central." - Photo © Graham Wignall.

"An early morning departure from Loughborough Central."
Photo © Graham Wignall.

 

 


Added on Monday 13th April...

 

"Masters of the east and west coast main lines between London and Scotland stand side-by-side at Loughborough." - Photo © John Bagshaw.

"Masters of the east and west coast main lines between London and Scotland stand side-by-side at Loughborough."
Photo © John Bagshaw.

"Railway preservation dreams become reality." The N.E.R. 1903 Electric Autocar Trust's recently restored autocar has been a very popular visitor to the Great Central. - Photo © Alan Weaver.

"Railway preservation dreams become reality." The N.E.R. 1903 Electric Autocar Trust's recently restored autocar has been a very popular visitor to the Great Central.
Photo © Alan Weaver.

"Successive generations of Class 5 arriving on time." Photo © Peter Salmon.

"Successive generations of Class 5 arriving on time."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 


Added on Sunday 12th April...

 

"Echoes of the Somerset &amp; Dorset Joint Railway with a 7F working a heavy coal train." Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Echoes of the Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway with a 7F working a heavy coal train."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"The fine sight of a Castle on the Great Central." 7029 "Clun Castle" pictured here in the 1980s has recently returned to service on the main line. Sister locomotive 7027 "Thornbury Castle" is under restoration from scrapyard condition and will steam again at the Great Central Railway. Photo © John Bagshaw.

"The fine sight of a Castle on the Great Central." 7029 "Clun Castle" pictured here in the 1980s has recently returned to service on the main line. Sister locomotive 7027 "Thornbury Castle" is under restoration from scrapyard condition and will steam again at the Great Central Railway.
Photo © John Bagshaw.

"A goods train pauses while the express thunders on." - Photo © Martyn Tattam.

"A goods train pauses while the express thunders on."
Photo © Martyn Tattam.

 

 


Added on Saturday 11th April...

 

"Powerful and majestic in equal measure." LMS Coronation Class 6229 "Duchess of Hamilton" pictured here on the Great Central is preserved at the National Railway Museum, now in streamlined condition. Photo © Graham Wignall.

"Powerful and majestic in equal measure." LMS Coronation Class 6229 "Duchess of Hamilton" pictured here on the Great Central is preserved at the National Railway Museum, now in streamlined condition.
Photo © Graham Wignall.

"Steam workhorses of rail and road." - Photo © Scott Mattock.

"Steam workhorses of rail and road."
Photo © Scott Mattock.

"While the railway is temporarily sleeping, we enjoy images of the past for now, safe in the knowledge that scenes like these will return!" - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"While the railway is temporarily sleeping, we enjoy images of the past for now, safe in the knowledge that scenes like these will return!"
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on Friday 10th April...

 

"Resting on shed after another busy shift." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Resting on shed after another busy shift."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Retracing the steps of long service over the line she was built for." Great Central Railway Improved Director Class number 506 "Butler Henderson" is owned by the National Railway Museum. Photo © Neville Wellings.

"Retracing the steps of long service over the line she was built for."
Great Central Railway Improved Director Class number 506 "Butler Henderson" is owned by the National Railway Museum.
Photo © Neville Wellings.

"Discussing the day's work in the company of a Standard Class 2MT." - Photo © Joe Connell.

"Discussing the day's work in the company of a Standard Class 2MT."
Photo © Joe Connell.

 


Added on Thursday 9th April...

"B12 8572 steams into the sunset at Swithland Sidings." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"B12 8572 steams into the sunset at Swithland Sidings."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"A busy morning at the loco shed in days gone by." - Photo © Graham Wignall.

"A busy morning at the loco shed in days gone by."
Photo © Graham Wignall.

"Reputedly the first to reach 100mph back in 1904, City of Truro was another popular visitor to the Great Central." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Reputedly the first to reach 100mph back in 1904, City of Truro was another popular visitor to the Great Central."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on Wednesday 8th April...

"Empty Travelling Post Office stock heads home to be prepared for another shift." - Photo © Roy Harris.

"Empty Travelling Post Office stock heads home to be prepared for another shift."
Photo © Roy Harris.

"Versatile 2MTs share the work of a heavy train." - Photo © Peter Salmon.

"Versatile 2MTs share the work of a heavy train."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

"B1 1264 gleaming in Apple Green in times past." - Photo © John Bagshaw.

"B1 1264 gleaming in Apple Green in times past."
Photo © John Bagshaw.

 

 


Added on Tuesday 7th April...

"With headlamps shining, the Travelling Post Office steams into the evening." 777 "Sir Lamiel" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum. - Photo © Ken Simms.

"With headlamps shining, the Travelling Post Office steams into the evening."
777 "Sir Lamiel" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Photo © Ken Simms.

"Thirty-eight years ago, an early express locomotive made a very popular visit to the Great Central." Built in 1870, the Stirling Single is now preserved at the National Railway Museum. - Photo © W.R. Squires Collection.

"Thirty-eight years ago, an early express locomotive made a very popular visit to the Great Central." Built in 1870, the Stirling Single is now preserved at the National Railway Museum.
Photo © W.R. Squires Collection.

"A morning express in full flight through the Leicestershire countryside." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"A morning express in full flight through the Leicestershire countryside."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on Monday 6th April...

"When there were two A4 Pacifics at Loughborough..." - Photo © Graham Wignall.

"When there were two A4 Pacifics at Loughborough..."
Photo © Graham Wignall.

"Popular engines of all shapes and sizes." - Photo © Peter Salmon.

"Popular engines of all shapes and sizes."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

"Generations of railway history preserved on heritage lines." - Photo © Steven Havers.

"Generations of railway history preserved on heritage lines."
Photo © Steven Havers.

 

 


Added on Sunday 5th April...

"A coal train rumbles past on its journey to feed the boilers of industry." - Photo © Neville Wellings.

"A coal train rumbles past on its journey to feed the boilers of industry".
Photo © Neville Wellings.

"Looking forward to brighter days ahead." - Photo © Joe Connell.

"Looking forward to brighter days ahead."
Photo © Joe Connell.

"Cleaners admiring their work."</strong> The role of Locomotive Cleaner is the first rung on the ladder for aspiring steam footplate crews of the future. - Photo © Graham Wignall.

"Cleaners admiring their work." The role of Locomotive Cleaner is the first rung on the ladder for aspiring steam footplate crews of the future.
Photo © Graham Wignall.

 

 


Added on Saturday 4th April...

"The express thunders on through the power of steam." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill

"The express thunders on through the power of steam."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill

"The early afternoon local departs." Photo © Alan Weaver

"The early afternoon local departs."
Photo © Alan Weaver

"A new steam locomotive story is written." New-build Peppercorn A1 class 60163 "Tornado" pictured during trials at the GCR in 2008. - Photo © Martyn Tattam

"A new steam locomotive story is written."
New-build Peppercorn A1 class 60163 "Tornado" pictured during trials at the GCR in 2008.
Photo © Martyn Tattam

 

 


Added on Friday 3rd April...

"35005 and 34039 - Beautiful Bulleid Pacifics." - Photo © Graham Wignall.

"35005 and 34039 - Beautiful Bulleid Pacifics."
Photo © Graham Wignall.

"Drummond's majestic T9 makes swift progress through the winter gloom." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill

"Drummond's majestic T9 makes swift progress through the winter gloom."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill

"Southern steam in motion" - Photo © Peter Salmon

"Southern steam in motion"
Photo © Peter Salmon

 

 


Added on Thursday 2nd April...

"56 years after building The Great Bear, new locos known as Teddy Bears began to emerge from Swindon Works." - Photo © Steven Havers

"56 years after building The Great Bear, new locos known as Teddy Bears began to emerge from Swindon Works."
Photo © Steven Havers

"Thornbury Castle - The journey back to steam at the GCR begins." - Photo © Great Central Railway/AJM

"Thornbury Castle - The journey back to steam at the GCR begins."
Photo © Great Central Railway/AJM

"Hall and Castle at the Great Central -The promise of things to come." - Photo © Graham Wignall

"Hall and Castle at the Great Central -The promise of things to come."
Photo © Graham Wignall

 

 


Added on Wednesday 1st April...

"Two fine locomotives with a long GCR history await their next duty." - Photo © Horace Gamble

"Two fine locomotives with a long GCR history await their next duty."
Photo © Horace Gamble

"Gliding past Milepost 94 with a mixed goods." - Photo © Peter Salmon

"Gliding past Milepost 94 with a mixed goods."
Photo © Peter Salmon

"Spring flowers set the scene for passing steam." - Photo © Graham Wignall

"Spring flowers set the scene for passing steam."
Photo © Graham Wignall

 

 


Added on Tuesday 31st March...

"Running under clear signals." </strong>Popular Stanier Class 8 48624 pictured here has now been withdrawn for overhaul, but will return to steam in the future. - Photo © Alan Weaver

"Running under clear signals." Popular Stanier Class 8 48624 pictured here has now been withdrawn for overhaul, but will return to steam in the future.
Photo © Alan Weaver

"Southern locos heading into the evening." - Photo © Paul Callow

"Southern locos heading into the evening."
Photo © Paul Callow

 

"Recollections and re-creations of August 1968 - Oliver Cromwell hauls the Fifteen Guinea Special once again, 50 years on". 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum. - Photo © Joe Connell

"Recollections and re-creations of August 1968 - Oliver Cromwell hauls the Fifteen Guinea Special once again, 50 years on".
70013 "Oliver Cromwell" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Photo © Joe Connell

 

 


Added on Monday 30th March...

"Successive generations of ever-versatile Class 5 pass on a busy main line." - Photo © Ken Simms

"Successive generations of ever-versatile Class 5 pass on a busy main line."
Photo © Ken Simms

"Steaming away from the town, the countryside beckons..." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill

"Steaming away from the town, the countryside beckons..."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill

Although not a photograph, our latest update film for our Reunification appeal has just been published!

You can find out more about the Reunification appeal online at www.gcrailway.co.uk/unify

 

 


Added on Sunday 29th March...

"A glance towards the window on Great Central journeys past and future..." - Photo © Great Central Railway/AJM

"A glance towards the window on Great Central journeys past and future..."
Photo © Great Central Railway/AJM

"The mid-morning goods... Assorted vans for many a destination." - Photo © Scott Mattock

"The mid-morning goods... Assorted vans for many a destination."
Photo © Scott Mattock

"British Railways - Goods from door to door."
Video © J.A. Shaw

 


Added on Saturday 28th March

"Sharing the golden sunlight of a May evening, Class 2 and Type 2 on the Great Central." - Photo © Great Central Railway/AJM

"Sharing the golden sunlight of a May evening, Class 2 and Type 2 on the Great Central."
Photo © Great Central Railway/AJM

"The mighty 0-6-0 makes light work of any day's two hundred ton goods." - Photo © Roy Harris

"The mighty 0-6-0 makes light work of any day's two hundred ton goods."
Photo © Roy Harris

"In these unprecedented times of 2020, our "Goods Galore" gala must wait for another day, but today we bring you the sights and sounds of a goods train, even if only on film for now. Goods Galore will return!"
Video © Great Central Railway/AJM

 

 


Added on Friday 27th March...

"Words of wisdom at the start of another journey." - Photo © Great Central Railway/AJM

"Words of wisdom at the start of another journey."
Photo © Great Central Railway/AJM

"Witherslack Hall - The preservation story begins." - 6990 arrives to begin restoration in November 1975. Photo © W.R. Squires Collection

"Witherslack Hall - The preservation story begins."
6990 arrives to begin restoration in November 1975.
Photo © W.R. Squires Collection

"Breaking out of the shade into the morning sunshine." - Photo © Great Central Railway/AJM

"Breaking out of the shade into the morning sunshine."
Photo © Great Central Railway/AJM

 

 


Added on Thursday 26th March...

"Giants of the rails prepare for their next turn of duty." - Photo © Peter Salmon

"Giants of the rails prepare for their next turn of duty."
Photo © Peter Salmon

"Pausing just briefly in a village station, an afternoon local train simmers quietly awaiting the signal, green flag, and whistle." - Photo © Great Central Railway/AJM

"Pausing just briefly in a village station, an afternoon local train simmers quietly awaiting the signal, green flag, and whistle."
Photo © Great Central Railway/AJM

"A branch line excursion in the sunshine." - Photo © Roy Harris

"A branch line excursion in the sunshine."
Photo © Roy Harris

 

 


Wednesday 25th March 2020 - 13:00

"Under starter's orders". 9F 92214 awaits departure from Loughborough Central in June 2018. - Photo © Great Central Railway/AJM

"Under starter's orders". 9F 92214 awaits departure from Loughborough Central in June 2018.
Photo © Great Central Railway/AJM

 


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