Daily image gallery

Several new images being published each day...

At the start of the national 'lockdown' due to the coronavirus, we began posting a series of archive images each day showing the Great Central Railway at its best, and the "Daily Gallery" has proved to be a popular addition to our website and social media channels.

The railway has now begun to reopen and we'll continue posting a mixture of archive and current photographs each day!  Special thanks to the photographers who have kindly provided images for use here.

We hope you enjoy the selection each day.

 


Added on Thursday 13th August...

Today's image 2 of 3
Published at 14:30

"1903 North Eastern Railway Electric Autocar 3170 proceeds towards Rothley during an extended visit to the GCR". The Autocar has now left the GCR, but we hope to welcome this splendid vehicle back to the railway in the future.
Photo © Joe Connell.

 

 

Today's image 1 of 3
Published at 10:00

"Recreating a busy main line on the Southern Region of British Railways... Visiting Bulleid Light Pacific 34092 'City of Wells' accelerates away from Loughborough Central with a passenger train".
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on Wednesday 12th August...

Today's image 3 of 3
Published at 19:45

This evening our thoughts are with all those affected by today's events in Scotland.
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 

Today's image 2 of 3
Published at 15:30

"One of Sir William Stanier's earlier designs for the LMS, 2-6-0 42968 crosses Swithland Viaduct during a popular visit to the Great Central".
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 

Today's image 1 of 3
Published at 09:30

"British Railways Standard Class 5 73156 approaches Quorn & Woodhouse with a crew refresher train on a sunny July morning".
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 


Added on Tuesday 11th August...

Today's image 3 of 3
Published at 18:30

"Steaming into the future... 52 years after hauling the 'Fifteen Guinea Special' on the last day of steam on the British Railways network, 70013 'Oliver Cromwell' is currently being overhauled and will return to steam once again at the Great Central".
70013 "Oliver Cromwell" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Photo © Lewis Day.

 

 

Today's image 2 of 3
Published at 13:30

"On this day 11th August in 1968, 70013 'Oliver Cromwell' was one of the locomotives chosen to haul the famous 'Fifteen Guinea Special' (1T57) on the last day of steam on the British Railways network..." This photograph was taken in 2018 as we recreated 1T57 on the 50th anniversary of the original event. 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 

Today's image 1 of 3
Published at 10:40

"A local passenger train for Rothley... Fowler 3F 47406 steams south through Swithland Sidings".
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 


Added on Monday 10th August...

Today's image 3 of 3
Published at 18:45

"Powering away from the town station... Visiting GWR Manor 7802 'Bradley Manor' steams onto the long straight to begin a gentle climb to the next station".
Photo © Ken Simms.

 

 

Today's image 2 of 3
Published at 13:30

"Much earlier in the GCR preservation story in August 1974, Littleton Number 5 passes under the A6 road bridge south of Loughborough, with a train for Quorn & Woodhouse".
Photo © W.R. Squires Collection.

 

 

Today's image 1 of 3
Published at 08:30

"A morning arrival at Rothley... Stanier Class 5 45305 'Alderman A.E. Draper' glides into the platform with a passenger train for Leicester North."
Photo © Luke Mackie.

 

 


Added on Sunday 9th August...

Today's image 3 of 3
Published at 19:30

"Taking on water before another trip... Visiting GWR 1500 Class 1501 stands at the water column, north of Loughborough Central station".
Photo © John Smith.

 

 

Today's image 2 of 3
Published at 15:00

"Steam power in motion... British Railways Standard Class 5 73156 accelerates away from Rothley with a crew refresher train during July 2020".
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 

Today's image 1 of 3
Published at 10:30

"GWR Modified Hall 6990 'Witherslack Hall' works a southbound empty coaching stock train, ready to collect passengers at the next station".
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on Saturday 8th August...

Today's image 3 of 3
Published at 18:30

"Into the evening... A steam-hauled passenger train approaches Quorn & Woodhouse from the north".
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 

Today's image 2 of 3
Published at 14:20

"Moments ago near Thurcaston... Stanier Class 5 45305 'Alderman A.E. Draper' ascends the gentle gradient towards Leicester North with the 1:50pm passenger service from Quorn & Woodhouse".
Photo © Great Central Railway/AJM.

 

 

Today's image 1 of 3
Published at 11:25

"Stanier Class 5 45305 'Alderman A.E. Draper' puts on a show for visitors in the station yard at Quorn & Woodhouse in early August."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on Friday 7th August...

Today's image 3 of 3
Published at 19:20

"A mid-July afternoon in 2020 on the Great Central sees 73156 working a crew refresher train of empty coaching stock through the countryside".
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

Stanier Class 5 45305 is due to haul our passenger trains this weekend 8th and 9th August 2020. To book your ticket please see: www.gcrailway.co.uk/special-events/august-passenger-trains-2020/

 

 

Today's image 2 of 3
Published at 14:50

"Visiting West Country Light Pacific 34092 'City of Wells' steams along the straight track south of Quorn & Woodhouse on a sunny afternoon in Leicestershire."
Photo © Ken Simms.

 

 

Today's image 1 of 3
Published at 09:00

"Goods vehicles on the move... British Railways Standard Class 5 73156 brings a train of mineral wagons through the cutting, north of Rothley Station".
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on Thursday 6th August...

Today's image 3 of 3
Published at 19:20

"The intensive timetables of GCR gala days deliver busy scenes all along the line... BR Standard Class 2 78019 steams past Swithland Sidings, passing a goods train and a passenger train in the Up and Down loops".
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 

Today's image 2 of 3
Published at 15:20

"In the distance... Fowler 3F 47406 is pictured working a short passenger train between Loughborough Central and Quorn & Woodhouse".
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 

Today's image 1 of 3
Published at 09:30

"The majestic power of steam... British Railways Standard Class 5 73156 exits the Down Loop at Loughborough Central, while running round to collect rolling stock for the next departure".
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


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 Wednesday 5th August...

"Stanier Class 5 45305 'Alderman A.E. Draper' powers towards Quorn & Woodhouse with a southbound passenger train". - Photo © John Bagshaw.

"Stanier Class 5 45305 'Alderman A.E. Draper' powers towards Quorn & Woodhouse with a southbound passenger train".
Photo © John Bagshaw.

"GNR N2 carring LNER number 4744 arrives at Quorn & Woodhouse during a Road Rail Steam event in 1981, while 71000 'Duke of Gloucester' stands in the Up Reception North siding prior to full restoration". - Photo © W.R. Squires Collection.

"GNR N2 carring LNER number 4744 arrives at Quorn & Woodhouse during a Road Rail Steam event in 1981, while 71000 'Duke of Gloucester' stands in the Up Reception North siding prior to full restoration".
Photo © W.R. Squires Collection.

"A busy scene at Loughborough Central on 2nd August 2020, with 6990 'Witherslack Hall', NER Autocar 3170, and a Metro Cammel diesel railcar all in view". - Photo © Alan Weaver.

"A busy scene at Loughborough Central on 2nd August 2020, with 6990 'Witherslack Hall', NER Autocar 3170, and a Metro Cammel diesel railcar all in view".
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on Tuesday 4th August...

"A different perspective... Visiting GWR 5600 Class 5643 steams along the long straight south of Quorn &amp; Woodhouse".</strong><br /> The photograph also provides a good view of signalling at Quorn &amp; Woodhouse, with ten signals clearly visible. - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"A different perspective... Visiting GWR 5600 Class 5643 steams along the long straight south of Quorn & Woodhouse".
The photograph also provides a good view of signalling at Quorn & Woodhouse, with ten signals clearly visible.
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Looking back to March 14th 1975, GCR Improved Director Class 506 'Butler Henderson' stands at Loughborough Central on the day of the loco's arrival on the preserved Great Central". 506 is owned by the National Railway Museum. - Photo © W.R. Squires Collection.

"Looking back to March 14th 1975, GCR Improved Director Class 506 'Butler Henderson' stands at Loughborough Central on the day of the loco's arrival on the preserved Great Central". 506 is owned by the National Railway Museum.
Photo © W.R. Squires Collection.

"A view from the platform... 6990 'Witherslack Hall' arrives at Quorn &amp; Woodhouse with empty coaching stock to form a passenger train for Leicester North". - Photo © Aidan Staples.

"A view from the platform... 6990 'Witherslack Hall' arrives at Quorn & Woodhouse with empty coaching stock to form a passenger train for Leicester North".
Photo © Aidan Staples.

 

 


Added on Monday 3rd August...

"The passengers return... The Signalman's Agent offers the Rothley to Leicester North single line train staff to the crew of 92214, which is hauling our first passenger train since March on 25th July 2020." - Photo © Pat Brown.

"The passengers return... The Signalman's Agent offers the Rothley to Leicester North single line train staff to the crew of 92214, which is hauling our first passenger train since March on 25th July 2020."
Photo © Pat Brown.

"Sulzer power on a busy main line, recreating a scene from the 1960s... Sulzer Type 2 D5185 and BRCW Type 2 D5401 pass Swithland Sidings prior to the commissioning of the signal box". - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Sulzer power on a busy main line, recreating a scene from the 1960s... Sulzer Type 2 D5185 and BRCW Type 2 D5401 pass Swithland Sidings prior to the commissioning of the signal box".
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Renewed beginnings... 9F 92214 departs from Quorn &amp; Woodhouse during our first weekend of passenger train running since the beginning of lockdown".</strong><br /> This is photograph number 401 in our Daily Image Gallery, updated every day from March 25th. We intend to continue publishing new images each day, with a mixture of present day and archive photographs for your enjoyment. - Photo © Alan Weaver.

"Renewed beginnings... 9F 92214 departs from Quorn & Woodhouse during our first weekend of passenger train running since the beginning of lockdown".
This is photograph number 401 in our Daily Image Gallery, updated every day from March 25th. We intend to continue publishing new images each day, with a mixture of present day and archive photographs for your enjoyment.
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on Sunday 2nd August...

"The beginning of a train journey, powered by steam... The south end of Loughborough Central station is the setting as BR Standard Class 5 73156 departs." - Photo © John Storer.

"The beginning of a train journey, powered by steam... The south end of Loughborough Central station is the setting as BR Standard Class 5 73156 departs."
Photo © John Storer.

"A bright early August afternoon at Rothley, with Stanier Class 5 45305 'Alderman A.E. Draper' passing by." - Photo © Great Central Railway/AJM.

"A bright early August afternoon at Rothley, with Stanier Class 5 45305 'Alderman A.E. Draper' passing by."
Photo © Great Central Railway/AJM.

"On a bright Leicestershire morning in late July 2020, 9F 92214 'Leicester City' arrives at Quorn &amp; Woodhouse." - Photo © Roy Harris.

"On a bright Leicestershire morning in late July 2020, 9F 92214 'Leicester City' arrives at Quorn & Woodhouse."
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 


Added on Saturday 1st August...

"The first day of August brings a Hall and bright sunshine as 6990 'Witherslack Hall' steams south with the 1:50pm passenger train from Quorn &amp; Woodhouse." - Photo © John Storer.

"The first day of August brings a Hall and bright sunshine as 6990 'Witherslack Hall' steams south with the 1:50pm passenger train from Quorn & Woodhouse."
Photo © John Storer.

"With a liberal coating of grime, a work-stained 92214 recreates the typical appearance of the 9F class during the 1960s, while hauling a goods train away from Loughborough Central." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"With a liberal coating of grime, a work-stained 92214 recreates the typical appearance of the 9F class during the 1960s, while hauling a goods train away from Loughborough Central."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"GWR Modified Hall 6990 'Witherslack Hall' climbs the gentle gradient towards Quorn &amp; Woodhouse on a bright morning in Leicestershire." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"GWR Modified Hall 6990 'Witherslack Hall' climbs the gentle gradient towards Quorn & Woodhouse on a bright morning in Leicestershire."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on Friday 31st July...

"D49 sunset... Our final image of July provides a silhouette of Gresley D49 number 246 'Morayshire' against the evening sky." - Photo © John Smith.

"D49 sunset... Our final image of July provides a silhouette of Gresley D49 number 246 'Morayshire' against the evening sky."
Photo © John Smith.

"GWR Modified Hall 6990 'Witherslack Hall' approaches Quorn &amp; Woodhouse with a southbound passenger train." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"GWR Modified Hall 6990 'Witherslack Hall' approaches Quorn & Woodhouse with a southbound passenger train."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Approaching Rothley with a passenger train, also including parcels stock... Stanier Class 8 48305 was the motive power for this scene on a bright Leicestershire morning." - Photo © Roy Harris.

"Approaching Rothley with a passenger train, also including parcels stock... Stanier Class 8 48305 was the motive power for this scene on a bright Leicestershire morning."
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 


Added on Thursday 30th July...

"A pair of English Electric Type 1 diesel locos recreate a scene from the late 1960s, hauling a mixed goods train." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"A pair of English Electric Type 1 diesel locos recreate a scene from the late 1960s, hauling a mixed goods train."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"A spirited departure for a passenger train in the afternoon sunshine, with 30777 'Sir Lamiel' and BR Standard Class 2 78019." "Sir Lamiel" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum. - Photo © Peter Salmon.

"A spirited departure for a passenger train in the afternoon sunshine, with 30777 'Sir Lamiel' and BR Standard Class 2 78019." "Sir Lamiel" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Photo © Peter Salmon.

"Standing in the morning light... Ivatt Class 2 46521 and BR Standard Class 2 78019 prepare for departure from Leicester North, back in 2012." - Photo © Peter Salmon.

"Standing in the morning light... Ivatt Class 2 46521 and BR Standard Class 2 78019 prepare for departure from Leicester North, back in 2012."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 


Added on Wednesday 29th July...

"GWR Modified Hall 6990 'Witherslack Hall' adds colour to an overcast afternoon on the approach to Swithland Sidings." - Photo © Peter Salmon.

"GWR Modified Hall 6990 'Witherslack Hall' adds colour to an overcast afternoon on the approach to Swithland Sidings."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

"A popular visitor from the Southern Region of British Railways, U Class 31806 accelerates away from Loughborough Central under clear signals." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"A popular visitor from the Southern Region of British Railways, U Class 31806 accelerates away from Loughborough Central under clear signals."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"British Railways Standard Class 2 78018 heads north through Swithland Sidings." - Photo © Joe Connell.

"British Railways Standard Class 2 78018 heads north through Swithland Sidings."
Photo © Joe Connell.

 

 


Added on Tuesday 28th July...

"Heading into the evening, successive generations of Class 5 4-6-0 steam southwards from Quorn &amp; Woodhouse." - Photo © Peter Salmon.

"Heading into the evening, successive generations of Class 5 4-6-0 steam southwards from Quorn & Woodhouse."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

"An atmospheric Loughborough departure as Fowler 3F 47406 leaves Platform 1 with a local train." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"An atmospheric Loughborough departure as Fowler 3F 47406 leaves Platform 1 with a local train."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Branch line excursion... 68067 arrives at Nunckley Hill on the Mountsorrel Branch, with a train for Rothley." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Branch line excursion... 68067 arrives at Nunckley Hill on the Mountsorrel Branch, with a train for Rothley."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on Monday 27th July...

"A short pause for an evening passenger train... A passenger talks with the Driver of GWR Small Prairie 4566, while waiting for departure time at Quorn &amp; Woodhouse Station." - Photo © John Smith.

"A short pause for an evening passenger train... A passenger talks with the Driver of GWR Small Prairie 4566, while waiting for departure time at Quorn & Woodhouse Station."
Photo © John Smith.

"A busy scene north of Rothley as a goods train steams away towards Loughborough, while a passenger train approaches the station." - Photo © Phil Clarke.

"A busy scene north of Rothley as a goods train steams away towards Loughborough, while a passenger train approaches the station."
Photo © Phil Clarke.

"6990 'Witherslack Hall' thunders along the straight towards Quorn &amp; Woodhouse with an express." - Photo © Ken Simms.

"6990 'Witherslack Hall' thunders along the straight towards Quorn & Woodhouse with an express."
Photo © Ken Simms.

 

 


Added on Sunday 26th July...

"Generations of motive power on display as Stanier Class 5 45305 and BR Class 37 37714 arrive at Quorn &amp; Woodhouse ahead of this weekend's reopening event." - Photo © Peter Salmon.

"Generations of motive power on display as Stanier Class 5 45305 and BR Class 37 37714 arrive at Quorn & Woodhouse ahead of this weekend's reopening event."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

"A distinguished guest.... GWR King Class 6023, running as 6015 'Richard III' powers through Rothley with a non-stop passenger train, back in 2013." We've been delighted to welcome passengers back to the railway this weekend. Thank you to everyone who visited us, and we hope that you enjoyed your visit. - Photo © Syd Hancock.

"A distinguished guest.... GWR King Class 6023, running as 6015 'Richard III' powers through Rothley with a non-stop passenger train, back in 2013."
Photo © Syd Hancock.

"A busy start to the day on shed as Stanier Class 5 45305 is prepared for display at Quorn &amp; Woodhouse, as an additional attraction during our first weekend of passenger train running since March." - Photo © Peter Salmon.

"A busy start to the day on shed as Stanier Class 5 45305 is prepared for display at Quorn & Woodhouse, as an additional attraction during our first weekend of passenger train running since March."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 


Added on Saturday 25th July...

"9F 92214 arrives at Quorn &amp; Woodhouse station, while Stanier Class 5 45305 and Class 37 37714 stand on display earlier today, as passenger trains resumed." - Photo © Roy Harris

"9F 92214 arrives at Quorn & Woodhouse station, while Stanier Class 5 45305 and Class 37 37714 stand on display earlier today, as passenger trains resumed."
Photo © Roy Harris

"As passenger trains return to the Great Central, we look back to a previous event when 9F 92214 appeared as 92220 'Evening Star', famously the last steam locomotive built by British Railways." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"As passenger trains return to the Great Central, we look back to a previous event when 9F 92214 appeared as 92220 'Evening Star', famously the last steam locomotive built by British Railways."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Welcome back! 9F 92214 steams away from Rothley with our first public passenger train since March". - Photo © Great Central Railway/AJM.

"Welcome back! 9F 92214 steams away from Rothley with our first public passenger train since March".
Photo © Great Central Railway/AJM.

 

 


Added on Friday 24th July...

"Stanier Class 5 45305's tender tank receives a top-up during a pause at Swithland Sidings." - Photo © Peter Salmon.

"Stanier Class 5 45305's tender tank receives a top-up during a pause at Swithland Sidings."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

"Ready to return! 9F 92214 'Leicester City' will haul our first public passenger trains since March this weekend 25th and 26th July 2020." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Ready to return! 9F 92214 'Leicester City' will haul our first public passenger trains since March this weekend 25th and 26th July 2020."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"British Railways Standard Class 2 78019 and Southern Railway King Arthur Class 30777 'Sir Lamiel' create an impressive scene during the climb out of Rothley Station towards Leicester North." - Photo © Syd Hancock.

"British Railways Standard Class 2 78019 and Southern Railway King Arthur Class 30777 'Sir Lamiel' create an impressive scene during the climb out of Rothley Station towards Leicester North."
Photo © Syd Hancock.

 

 


Added on Thursday 23rd July...

"The arrival of a King... Back in 2013, visiting GWR King Class 6023 'King Edward II' stands at Loughborough Central having arrived with a passenger train from Leicester North." - Photo © Peter Salmon.

"The arrival of a King... Back in 2013, visiting GWR King Class 6023 'King Edward II' stands at Loughborough Central having arrived with a passenger train from Leicester North."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

"Recreating a scene from the 1960s in the north west of England, Stanier Class 5 44767 makes an impressive start after pausing briefly at a station." - Photo © Martyn Tattam.

"Recreating a scene from the 1960s in the north west of England, Stanier Class 5 44767 makes an impressive start after pausing briefly at a station."
Photo © Martyn Tattam.

"Passenger trains return in July 2020... British Railways Standard Class 5 73156 hauls a crew refresher train, ahead of our reopening this weekend 25th and 26th July 2020." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Passenger trains return in July 2020... British Railways Standard Class 5 73156 hauls a crew refresher train, ahead of our reopening this weekend 25th and 26th July 2020."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on Wednesday 22nd July...

"A bright afternoon at Swithland Sidings sees Modified Hall 6990 'Witherslack Hall' at work on the Up Main." - Photo © Syd Hancock.

"A bright afternoon at Swithland Sidings sees Modified Hall 6990 'Witherslack Hall' at work on the Up Main."
Photo © Syd Hancock.

"No shortage of atmosphere for a Western Region goods train, as visiting GWR 2-8-0 3850 approaches Quorn &amp; Woodhouse with a train of mineral wagons." - Photo © Martyn Tattam.

"No shortage of atmosphere for a Western Region goods train, as visiting GWR 2-8-0 3850 approaches Quorn & Woodhouse with a train of mineral wagons."
Photo © Martyn Tattam.

"Southern Railway N15 Class 777 'Sir Lamiel' steams gracefully through the Leicestershire countryside." Our friends at the 5305 Locomotive Association have this morning announced an agreement with the National Railway Museum to complete the overhaul of Sir Lamiel at Loughborough, to main line standards. We're looking forward to seeing this wonderful locomotive, which is owned by the National Railway Museum, return to steam at Loughborough in 2023. - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Southern Railway N15 Class 777 'Sir Lamiel' steams gracefully through the Leicestershire countryside." Our friends at the 5305 Locomotive Association have this morning announced an agreement with the National Railway Museum to complete the overhaul of Sir Lamiel at Loughborough, to main line standards. We're looking forward to seeing this wonderful locomotive, which is owned by the National Railway Museum, return to steam at Loughborough in 2023.
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on Tuesday 21st July...

"Post for the Manor... Popular visitor 7802 'Bradley Manor' hauls Travelling Post Office stock on to the Up Main at Loughborough, ahead of a demonstration mail exchange." - Photo © Martyn Fisher.

"Post for the Manor... Popular visitor 7802 'Bradley Manor' hauls Travelling Post Office stock on to the Up Main at Loughborough, ahead of a demonstration mail exchange."
Photo © Martyn Fisher.

"Light engine en route to Loughborough... Stanier Class 5 45305 works northbound past Swithland Sidings, during our last weekend of normal running in March 2020." - Photo © Graham Wignall.

"Light engine en route to Loughborough... Stanier Class 5 45305 works northbound past Swithland Sidings, during our last weekend of normal running in March 2020."
Photo © Graham Wignall.

"A morning departure with a Stanier Class 8... 48305 steams away from Quorn &amp; Woodhouse during a previous year's Model Event." - Photo © Peter Salmon.

"A morning departure with a Stanier Class 8... 48305 steams away from Quorn & Woodhouse during a previous year's Model Event."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 


Added on Monday 20th July...

"Originally built in 1943 by Hudswell Clarke with works number 1752, this powerful 0-6-0 previously carried the name 'Robert', and now runs in British Railways livery as 68067." - Photo © Ken Simms.

"Originally built in 1943 by Hudswell Clarke with works number 1752, this powerful 0-6-0 previously carried the name 'Robert', and now runs in British Railways livery as 68067."
Photo © Ken Simms.

"Two Class 2s share the load of a heavy train on an afternoon journey towards Leicester North." - Photo © Peter Salmon.

"Two Class 2s share the load of a heavy train on an afternoon journey towards Leicester North."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

"An atmospheric scene at Swithland Sidings, as a mineral train waits in the loop and is passed by a southbound van train." - Photo © Martyn Tattam.

"An atmospheric scene at Swithland Sidings, as a mineral train waits in the loop and is passed by a southbound van train."
Photo © Martyn Tattam.

 

 


Added on Sunday 19th July...

"Stanier Class 8 power for a mixed freight... 48624 leads a wide selection of goods vehicles through the cutting, north of Rothley Station." - Photo © Roy Harris.

"Stanier Class 8 power for a mixed freight... 48624 leads a wide selection of goods vehicles through the cutting, north of Rothley Station."
Photo © Roy Harris.

"A scene from the present day as the 1903 NER Autocar passes through Rothley Station while on test." - Photo © GCR/AJM.

"A scene from the present day as the 1903 NER Autocar passes through Rothley Station while on test."Photo © GCR/AJM.

"With power and style, British Railways Standard Class 9F 92214 works a passenger train past Swithland Sidings on the Great Central." - Photo © Syd Hancock.

"With power and style, British Railways Standard Class 9F 92214 works a passenger train past Swithland Sidings on the Great Central."
Photo © Syd Hancock.

 

 


Added on Saturday 18th July...

"Before modern development altered the scene south of Loughborough, GNR N2 1744 steams towards Quorn &amp; Woodhouse with a passenger train." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Before modern development altered the scene south of Loughborough, GNR N2 1744 steams towards Quorn & Woodhouse with a passenger train."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"A view through the trees... BR Standard Class 5 73156 and visiting Southern Railway West Country Light Pacific 34092 'City of Wells' have power in reserve while working a heavy passenger train." - Photo © John Bagshaw.

"A view through the trees... BR Standard Class 5 73156 and visiting Southern Railway West Country Light Pacific 34092 'City of Wells' have power in reserve while working a heavy passenger train."
Photo © John Bagshaw.

"Passenger trains will soon return! British Railways Standard Class 5 73156 approaches Quorn &amp; Woodhouse with a crew refresher train". Passenger trains return on 25th and 26th July 2020 (pre-booking essential). - Photo © John Smith.

"Passenger trains will soon return! British Railways Standard Class 5 73156 approaches Quorn & Woodhouse with a crew refresher train". Passenger trains return on 25th and 26th July 2020 (pre-booking essential).
Photo © John Smith.

 

 


Added on Friday 17th July...

"In the days before the reinstatement of double-track, we see popular King Arthur Class 30777 'Sir Lamiel' leading a journey through the Leicestershire countryside." - "Sir Lamiel" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum. - Photo © John Smith.

"In the days before the reinstatement of double-track, we see popular King Arthur Class 30777 'Sir Lamiel' leading a journey through the Leicestershire countryside." "Sir Lamiel" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Photo © John Smith.

"Drummond T9 at work... Ex-LSWR T9 30120 makes an assured departure from Quorn &amp; Woodhouse." 30120 is owned by the National Railway Museum. - Photo © Gordon McCulloch.

"Drummond T9 at work... Ex-LSWR T9 30120 makes an assured departure from Quorn & Woodhouse." 30120 is owned by the National Railway Museum.
Photo © Gordon McCulloch.

"A morning goods train to begin a bright day... British Railways Standard Class 2 78019 works a train of coal empties past Swithland Sidings on the Great Central." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"A morning goods train to begin a bright day... British Railways Standard Class 2 78019 works a train of coal empties past Swithland Sidings on the Great Central."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on Thursday 16th July...

"Inclement weather, but certainly no shortage of atmosphere, as visiting Q Class 30541 powers away from Loughborough Central." - Photo © Joe Connell.

"Inclement weather, but certainly no shortage of atmosphere, as visiting Q Class 30541 powers away from Loughborough Central."
Photo © Joe Connell.

"A Southern express with 777 'Sir Lamiel'... The popular King Arthur Class locomotive makes good progress towards Rothley." 777 "Sir Lamiel" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum. Photo © Ken Simms.

"A Southern express with 777 'Sir Lamiel'... The popular King Arthur Class locomotive makes good progress towards Rothley."  777 "Sir Lamiel" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Photo © Ken Simms.

"Passing trains on a busy main line... A passenger train steams away from a station stop, while a mixed goods train trundles on." - Photo © Peter Salmon.

"Passing trains on a busy main line... A passenger train steams away from a station stop, while a mixed goods train trundles on."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 


Added on Wednesday 15th July...

"A local passenger train at Swithland Sidings... British Railways Standard Class 2 78018 steams towards Rothley." - Photo © Syd Hancock.

"A local passenger train at Swithland Sidings... British Railways Standard Class 2 78018 steams towards Rothley."
Photo © Syd Hancock.

"Early British Railways diesel locomotives are still very much at work in the modern era, and continue to be popular in their new careers on heritage railways, with some examples also remaining in service on the national network." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Early British Railways diesel locomotives are still very much at work in the modern era, and continue to be popular in their new careers on heritage railways, with some examples also remaining in service on the national network."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Rothley arrival... British Railways Standard Class 5 73156 enters Rothley Station with a crew refresher train." - Photo © Roy Harris.

"Rothley arrival... British Railways Standard Class 5 73156 enters Rothley Station with a crew refresher train."
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 


Added on Tuesday 14th July...

"Heavy freight motive power from the LNWR... 'Super D' 49395 hauls a train of mineral wagons, typical of past coal train workings to feed the boilers of industry." - Photo © Neville Wellings.

"Heavy freight motive power from the LNWR... 'Super D' 49395 hauls a train of mineral wagons, typical of past coal train workings to feed the boilers of industry."
Photo © Neville Wellings.

"70013 'Oliver Cromwell' delivers an impressive display while ascending the gentle 1-in-176 gradient towards Quorn &amp; Woodhouse." 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum. - Photo © Ken Simms.

"70013 'Oliver Cromwell' delivers an impressive display while ascending the gentle 1-in-176 gradient towards Quorn & Woodhouse." 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Photo © Ken Simms.

"A busy start to another day on shed, as locomotives are prepared for a steam gala event. We look forward to the return of our gala events in the future." - Photo © Peter Salmon.

"A busy start to another day on shed, as locomotives are prepared for a steam gala event. We look forward to the return of our gala events in the future."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 


Added on Monday 13th July...

"A northbound local train approaches Quorn &amp; Woodhouse station, with visiting BR Standard Class 4 2-6-4T 80072 in charge." - Photo © Peter Salmon.

"A northbound local train approaches Quorn & Woodhouse station, with visiting BR Standard Class 4 2-6-4T 80072 in charge."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

"Looking back to the 1990s, Bulleid West Country Light Pacific 34039 'Boscastle' makes an atmospheric departure from Loughborough Central." - Photo © Philip Herrick.

"Looking back to the 1990s, Bulleid West Country Light Pacific 34039 'Boscastle' makes an atmospheric departure from Loughborough Central."
Photo © Philip Herrick.

"Coal train under way... British Railways Standard Class 4 76084 works a train of mineral wagons towards Quorn &amp; Woodhouse on the Great Central." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Coal train under way... British Railways Standard Class 4 76084 works a train of mineral wagons towards Quorn & Woodhouse on the Great Central."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on Sunday 12th July...

"A local passenger train hauled by Ivatt Class 2 46521 steams southwards, under an increasingly blue sky." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"A local passenger train hauled by Ivatt Class 2 46521 steams southwards, under an increasingly blue sky."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Visiting Q Class 30541 leads the way into the afternoon, with a passenger train from Loughborough Central." - Photo © John Smith.

"Visiting Q Class 30541 leads the way into the afternoon, with a passenger train from Loughborough Central."
Photo © John Smith.

"The sight of a steam locomotive at work in the present day gives us reason for optimism... British Railways Standard Class 5 73156 works a crew refresher train on 11th July 2020." - Photo © Joe Connell.

"The sight of a steam locomotive at work in the present day gives us reason for optimism... British Railways Standard Class 5 73156 works a crew refresher train on 11th July 2020."
Customers at Butler Henderson Café at Quorn will be able to see passing trains again today 12th July 2020.
Photo © Joe Connell.

 

 


Added on Saturday 11th July...

"A popular visitor to the Great Central, LNER B12 8572 works a passenger train past Swithland Sidings towards Rothley." - Photo © Syd Hancock.

"A popular visitor to the Great Central, LNER B12 8572 works a passenger train past Swithland Sidings towards Rothley."
Photo © Syd Hancock.

"Looking back to a busy day at Swithland Sidings." As we work towards restarting our normal operations, we look forward to recreating scenes like this once again." - Photo © Peter Salmon.

"Looking back to a busy day at Swithland Sidings." As we work towards restarting our normal operations, we look forward to recreating scenes like this once again."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

"73156 passes through Quorn &amp; Woodhouse on 10th July 2020 with a crew refamiliarisation train." Customers at Butler Henderson Café at Quorn on 11th and 12th July will be able to enjoy the sight of trains passing as more of these trains run, as we continue to work towards restarting our operations. - Photo © John Smith.

"73156 passes through Quorn & Woodhouse on 10th July 2020 with a crew refamiliarisation train."
Customers at Butler Henderson Café at Quorn on 11th and 12th July will be able to enjoy the sight of trains passing as more of these trains run, as we continue to work towards restarting our operations.
Photo © John Smith.

 

 


Added on Friday 10th July...

"A view of a Hall in the early evening light... 4953 'Pitchford Hall' runs round to haul the next departure from Loughborough Central, earlier in 2020." - Photo © Alan Weaver.

"A view of a Hall in the early evening light... 4953 'Pitchford Hall' runs round to haul the next departure from Loughborough Central, earlier in 2020."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

"Brush Type 4 number 1705 approaches Quorn &amp; Woodhouse with a passenger train. Built in 1965, the loco now carries the name 'Sparrowhawk' and is pictured in the blue livery of British Rail which began to appear during the same year." - Photo © Peter Salmon.

"Brush Type 4 number 1705 approaches Quorn & Woodhouse with a passenger train. Built in 1965, the loco now carries the name 'Sparrowhawk' and is pictured in the blue livery of British Rail which began to appear during the same year."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

"Recreating the last day of steam on British Railways... In this scene from 2007, Stanier Class 5 45110 hauls a recreation of 1T57 (the 'Fifteen Guinea Special'), the train it hauled on that final day on 11th August 1968." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Recreating the last day of steam on British Railways... In this scene from 2007, Stanier Class 5 45110 hauls a recreation of 1T57 (the 'Fifteen Guinea Special'), the train it hauled on that final day on 11th August 1968."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on Thursday 9th July...

"Southern express... Schools Class 926 'Repton' steams past Swithland Sidings with a southbound passenger train." - Photo © Roy Harris.

"Southern express... Schools Class 926 'Repton' steams past Swithland Sidings with a southbound passenger train."
Photo © Roy Harris.

"Southern Railway Q Class 30541, running as 30543, works a train of empty mineral wagons through the Leicestershire countryside." - Photo © John Smith.

"Southern Railway Q Class 30541, running as 30543, works a train of empty mineral wagons through the Leicestershire countryside."
Photo © John Smith.

"With steam in abundance, Fowler 3F 47406 powers along the Up Main, towards Quorn &amp; Woodhouse." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"With steam in abundance, Fowler 3F 47406 powers along the Up Main, towards Quorn & Woodhouse."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on Wednesday 8th July...

"BRCW Type 2 D5401 hauls Travelling Post Office stock away from Rothley. Built in 1962 and withdrawn in 1987, the loco is now preserved at the Great Central." - Photo © Andrew Royle.

"BRCW Type 2 D5401 hauls Travelling Post Office stock away from Rothley. Built in 1962 and withdrawn in 1987, the loco is now preserved at the Great Central."
Photo © Andrew Royle.

"Postal special... 6960 'Raveningham Hall' hauls the Travelling Post Office train through Quorn &amp; Woodhouse at speed, passing Fowler 3F 47406 which waits in the siding." - Photo © Peter Salmon.

"Postal special... 6960 'Raveningham Hall' hauls the Travelling Post Office train through Quorn & Woodhouse at speed, passing Fowler 3F 47406 which waits in the siding."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

"Stanier Class 8 48624 leads a fitted freight train through the cutting on the northern approach to Rothley Station." - Photo © Roy Harris.

"Stanier Class 8 48624 leads a fitted freight train through the cutting on the northern approach to Rothley Station."
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 


Added on Tuesday 7th July...

"Early evening local... British Railways Standard Class 2 78018 hauls a passenger train away from Rothley." - Photo © Roy Harris.

"Early evening local... British Railways Standard Class 2 78018 hauls a passenger train away from Rothley."
Photo © Roy Harris.

"A popular visitor to the railway, Hughes Crab 13065 coasts towards Rothley with a southbound passenger train." - Photo © Joe Connell.

"A popular visitor to the railway, Hughes Crab 13065 coasts towards Rothley with a southbound passenger train."
Photo © Joe Connell.

"A train departs for the south... King Arthur Class 777 'Sir Lamiel' steams away from Loughborough Central with a passenger train." 777 appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum. - Photo © John Smith.

"A train departs for the south... King Arthur Class 777 'Sir Lamiel' steams away from Loughborough Central with a passenger train."
777 appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Photo © John Smith.

 

 


Added on Monday 6th July...

"With Swithland Reservoir in the background, a passenger train proceeds towards Rothley, with motive power provided by British Railways Standard Class 2 78019." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"With Swithland Reservoir in the background, a passenger train proceeds towards Rothley, with motive power provided by British Railways Standard Class 2 78019."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Stanier Class 5 45305 'Alderman A.E. Draper' stands ready to haul a fitted van train away from Rothley Brook." - Photo © Roy Harris.

"Stanier Class 5 45305 'Alderman A.E. Draper' stands ready to haul a fitted van train away from Rothley Brook."
Photo © Roy Harris.

"Recreating main line freight operations... A coal train is passed by a mixed freight hauled by Standard Class 5 73156, on the approach to Swithland Sidings." - Photo © Peter Salmon.

"Recreating main line freight operations... A coal train is passed by a mixed freight hauled by Standard Class 5 73156, on the approach to Swithland Sidings."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 


Added on Sunday 5th July...

"Rothley provides the setting for GWR 2-8-0 3850, steaming through the station with a short freight." - Photo © GCR / AJM.

"Rothley provides the setting for GWR 2-8-0 3850, steaming through the station with a short freight."
Photo © GCR / AJM.

"The Station Master acknowledges the approach of popular O4 63601, with a non-stop passenger train." 63601 appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum. - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"The Station Master acknowledges the approach of popular O4 63601, with a non-stop passenger train."
63601 appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Picturesque postal... 73156 coasts towards Swithland Sidings with the Travelling Post Office, having completed a mail exchange at speed." - Photo © Peter Salmon.

"Picturesque postal... 73156 coasts towards Swithland Sidings with the Travelling Post Office, having completed a mail exchange at speed."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 


Added on Saturday 4th July...

"Evening on shed... 4953 'Pitchford Hall' stands at Loughborough after a busy day's work, back in 2011." - Photo © Peter Salmon.

"Evening on shed... 4953 'Pitchford Hall' stands at Loughborough after a busy day's work, back in 2011."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

"British Railways Standard Class 9F 92214 passes Milepost 94 between Loughborough Central and Quorn &amp; Woodhouse on the Great Central." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"British Railways Standard Class 9F 92214 passes Milepost 94 between Loughborough Central and Quorn & Woodhouse on the Great Central."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Preparing for the day's work... Stanier Class 5 45305 'Alderman A.E.Draper' sets back into the platform with the rolling stock for another morning's first departure." - Photo © Alan Weaver.

"Preparing for the day's work... Stanier Class 5 45305 'Alderman A.E.Draper' sets back into the platform with the rolling stock for another morning's first departure."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on Friday 3rd July...

"Visiting British Railways Standard Class 4 tank 80136 pilots 6990 'Witherslack Hall' on a journey between Loughborough Central and Leicester North." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Visiting British Railways Standard Class 4 tank 80136 pilots 6990 'Witherslack Hall' on a journey between Loughborough Central and Leicester North."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Built for mixed traffic work... Ivatt Class 2MT 46521 powers away from Loughborough Central with a short mixed freight." - Photo © John Smith.

"Built for mixed traffic work... Ivatt Class 2MT 46521 powers away from Loughborough Central with a short mixed freight."
Photo © John Smith.

"Moving off shed... Stanier Class 5 45305 'Alderman A.E. Draper' moves slowly off shed, ready for the next duty." - Photo © Alan Weaver.

"Moving off shed... Stanier Class 5 45305 'Alderman A.E. Draper' moves slowly off shed, ready for the next duty."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on Thursday 2nd July...

"A short goods train steams through the picturesque surroundings around Swithland, with GWR 2-8-0 3850 in charge." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"A short goods train steams through the picturesque surroundings around Swithland, with GWR 2-8-0 3850 in charge."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Taken 39 years prior to this morning's photograph from a similar vantage point, Thompson B1 1306 'Mayflower' departs from Loughborough Central, early in 1981." - Photo © W.R. Squires Collection.

"Taken 39 years prior to this morning's photograph from a similar vantage point, Thompson B1 1306 'Mayflower' departs from Loughborough Central, early in 1981."
Photo © W.R. Squires Collection.

"A spirited departure... 9F 92214 brightens a grey day while steaming away from Loughborough Central." - Photo © Alan Weaver.

"A spirited departure... 9F 92214 brightens a grey day while steaming away from Loughborough Central."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on Wednesday 1st July...

"An ex-Somerset &amp; Dorset Joint Railway 7F 2-8-0 steams southwards with a passenger train." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"An ex-Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway 7F 2-8-0 steams southwards with a passenger train."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Looking back to the early 1990s, Great Central Railway Improved Director Class 506 'Butler Henderson', pictured carrying later British Railway number 62660, steams away from Loughborough Central with a passenger train." 506 "Butler Henderson" is owned by the National Railway Museum. Photo © Neville Wellings.

"Looking back to the early 1990s, Great Central Railway Improved Director Class 506 'Butler Henderson', pictured carrying later British Railway number 62660, steams away from Loughborough Central with a passenger train."
506 "Butler Henderson" is owned by the National Railway Museum.
Photo © Neville Wellings.

"Southern Railway King Arthur Class 777 'Sir Lamiel' gleams in the bright sunshine on departure from Loughborough Central." 777 "Sir Lamiel" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum. - Photo © John Smith.

"Southern Railway King Arthur Class 777 'Sir Lamiel' gleams in the bright sunshine on departure from Loughborough Central."
777 "Sir Lamiel" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Photo © John Smith.

 

Archive galleries

An archive of all previous images from the Daily Image Gallery is available to view:
Photographs from June 2020
Photographs from May 2020
Photographs from March and April 2020

 


For the latest news on events and running days during this public health emergency, please see www.gcrailway.co.uk/coronavirus

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...
More information...

Our appeals

Reunification appeal - Reuniting the two halves of the Great Central Railway

Locomotive Shed Appeal

Make a donation

To make a donation to our supporting charity click the Donate button below

Donate to our supporting charity...
View our official Facebook page View our official Twitter page

Subscribe to our newsletter

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

This is a selection of our special events, to see the full list, click here

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2019

Visit England Quality Assured Attraction