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Last few copies of Autumn Gala DVD now at the emporium

Tom Ingall : March 28, 2015 7:48 am : Main Line

Updated 28th March 2015

There are very few copies of the 2014 Autumn Gala DVD still available. The two hour film centred on Quorn and Woodhouse, has proved so popular we had to order more – and these have been quickly snapped up too.

It’s back in stock at the Loughborough Central station emporium (open at weekends and other main running days).

The DVD costs just £20, with every penny going to the Bridge to the Future appeal.


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Great Central Railway Launches ‘Raleway Ale’

Kate Tilley : March 25, 2015 3:26 pm : Main Line


There has been a plan brewing at Great Central Railway during the past few weeks. The busy little bees at Nottingham Brewery, with equal measures of cask-conditioned passion for real ale and years of brewing expertise, have been a hive of activity, producing an amber-nectar especially for GCR. If all goes to plan with the up-coming sampling, the ‘Raleway Ale’ will be available to purchase by all those who are over 18 in the Tin Shed bar at Quorn over the Easter Vintage Festival weekend. Special thanks also to Leigh Spencer for his design work on the pump clip. Cin Cin!

Keg Cam’ manages to get a prime shot of Mr Landon relaxing in his natural habitat. Not in the least a rare sight, but one of comforting familiarity for those who know Paul.

Keg Cam’ manages to get a prime shot of Mr Landon relaxing in his natural habitat. Not in the least a rare sight, but one of comforting familiarity for those who know Paul.

Friday 3rd April, the Tin Shed will be open from 12 noon until 11pm. The Roosters will be playing in the evening to serenade you through your first taste of the final draft of the Raleway Ale. The bar will open again on Saturday 4th, Sunday 5th and Monday 6th April. Plenty of time to make up your mind about the new brew.

Tasting note, for all you real ale fans…

“Pale amber in colour, with an exceptional hop/malt balance, giving an easy-drinking, refreshing pint.” 4.3% ABV

Still need convincing? With 10p from every pint sold going towards the bridge fund, you can enhance your loyalty to GCR whilst supping in the bar!

‘Raleway Ale’ will be available after GCR’s Easter Vintage Festival at all quality real ale houses across Nottingham & Leicester for 6 weeks or so after Easter.

Cheers to all…’ll be hopping mad if you miss it….


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Great Easter Sale – Meet the Easter Bunny & Bugsy Bunny!

Kate Tilley : March 25, 2015 3:22 pm : Main Line, News Banner

Tues 31st March, Wed 1st, Thurs 2nd April AND Tues 7th, Wed 8th & Thurs 9th April

Meet the Easter Bunny & Bugsy Bunny down at the railway, there’s lots of fun for the whole family it’s eggstraordinary value too at just £25 for 2 adults and up to 3 children!


The event runs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for 2 weeks – to find our more, visit the event pages:

Tues 31st March, Wed 1st, Thurs 2nd April

Tues 7th, Wed 8th & Thurs 9th April

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Easter Vintage Festival – Fri 3rd to Mon 6th April

Kate Tilley : March 24, 2015 11:09 am : Main Line, News Banner

Don’t miss Great Central Railway’s Vintage Festival.  Our tradional English steam fayre has something for everyone! There’s a wide variety of exhibitors so whether you’re a steam fanatic, a collector or intested in music and real ale, join us as we step back in time to the good ol’ days of steam!


Please see the event page for more information – Easter Vintage Festival

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First Class Easter Sunday Luncheon

Kate Tilley : March 13, 2015 11:51 am : Main Line, News Banner

Indulge in a delicious Easter Luncheon with us and enjoy a complimentary ticket to the Easter Vintage Festival.  Your four-course lunch is served aboard our First Class Restaurant Cars as a steam locomotive takes you on a leisurely journey through the Charnwood’s glorious countryside. Your meal is served during the journey and there will normally be a pause on Swithland viaduct with its magnificent views across the reservoir to Charnwood Forest.

Santa Specials - Malcolm Ranieri

Find out more about this first class dining experience – Easter Sunday Luncheon

Find out more about the Easter Vintage festival – More about this event

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Money Match March (Now with a twist!)

Tom Ingall : March 1, 2015 9:46 am : Main Line, News Banner


UPDATED 28th March

The last week of money match is here. What can we say apart from ‘thank you’! Your response has been astonishing. The initial £50,000 ‘target to match’ has been reached in the last few days. Here’s the twist though.

The match funder has also been delighted and agreed to keep matching the last few days of the campaign.

Don’t delay – act today to DOUBLE your Bridge to the Future donation.


We’ll be posting our new appeal target on Easter Saturday. Its set to be at least £850,000 – how close can we take it to the million?

To encourage further support a fund has been made available by a supporter of the railway. Donations to the Bridge to the Future Appeal received between the 1st of March and 3rd April (Good Friday) will be matched pound for pound.

Give any amount – and it will be matched. Even better, gift aid can be claimed on your donation too, so please make the declaration if you. Thank you for all your support – and please, don’t hold back. In March, a ten pound donation will count as £20 towards the appeal!

“We’re calling it Money Match March,” added Bill “and it could see us push onto the home straight of our appeal. Everyone at the Great Central both north and south has been truly humbled by the generosity of people right across the country. We’re sure they will be delighted by the continued forward progress!”

* Amounts received via monthly standing orders or income received from the purchase of Autumn Gala DVDs are excluded from the special terms set out above.

Read about the latest progress with the reunification project

More about the programme involving local schools with the project



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Dennis Wilcock : February 20, 2015 1:45 pm : Main Line, News Banner

Northside embankment stub ground investigation works (Feb 2015) (c) Adam Mcallister

Embankment study forges ahead, with Main Line bridge construction expected in weeks

 ‘Money Match March’ Donation Scheme unveiled

An orange jacketed army are back in action on the Great Central Railway reunification project! Contractors with drill rigs are on site investigating the ground conditions where 300 metres of embankment will be built.

The embankment will take the new railway from the existing canal bridge at the rear of the Great Central sheds at Loughborough, northwards towards a brand new bridge over the Midland Main Line which is being built in partnership with Network Rail.

The embankment and bridge are part of a string of replacement infrastructure required to link together two halves of the Great Central Railway creating an eighteen mile heritage line stretching between the outskirts of Nottingham and Leicester.

The ground study follows the completion of an ecology study for the route. Besides examining the ground where the new embankment needs to be built, the contractors will also investigate the condition of a surviving stub of embankment north of the new rail bridge where the tracks of the two railway companies will meet. This will establish what remedial work may be required there.

“We want to ensure every element of the reunification project is shovel ready”, said Bill Ford, the Managing Director of the Great Central Railway, “so that as funds become available we can press straight ahead into construction. “These works are part of a range of studies for the main missing embankment, which will inform the design and support our forthcoming planning application. It’s very encouraging to see real and sustained progress being made.”

Meanwhile, the railway’s appeal to raise money for the key missing bridge over the Midland Main Line has hit £750,000 – three quarters of the way to the million pound target. Enabling works are expected to begin on site in the next few weeks ahead of the main build, which is expected to be completed before the end of the year.

Now, to encourage further support for the million pound appeal a fund has been made available by a supporter of the railway. Donations to the Bridge to the Future Appeal received between the 1st of March and 3rd April (Good Friday) will be matched pound for pound, up to fifty thousand pounds. Further details will appear in Main Line No.163 to be with members of Friends by 1st March, 2015.

“We’re calling it Money Match March,” added Bill “and it could see us push onto the home straight of our appeal. Everyone at the Great Central both north and south has been truly humbled by the generosity of people right across the country. We’re sure they will be delighted by the continued forward progress!”


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Three local schools get in on the bridge building

Tom Ingall : February 12, 2015 4:05 pm : Main Line


Project backed by Secretary of State for Education and Loughborough MP, Nicky Morgan

Youngsters from a group of Leicestershire schools are being lined up to help create a new section of railway in the county thanks to a partnership between Network Rail, Great Central Railway and Leicestershire Education Business Company (LEBC).

The heritage railway’s ‘Bridge to the Future’ project, with Network Rail, will give students hands-on experience of how science, technology engineering and maths (STEM subjects) play a vital part in railway design.

The Bridge to the Future project will reinstate a 500 metre section of the Great Central Railway – the UK’s only double track, main line heritage railway – and students will be able to take part in a real engineering project in the heart of their community.

The project has been created by Network Rail and Great Central Railway, working in partnership with AMCO, Carillion, Murphy, Charnwood Borough Council, LEBC and FJD Civil Engineers. It has been launched in three Loughborough schools: Charnwood College, Limehurst Academy and Woodbrook Vale High School.

The eight week programme will take students through the process of building a bridge. They will learn how to:

  • -  complete ecological / wildlife surveys,
  • -  test ground stability through geotechnical surveys
  • -  obtain planning consent
  • -  plan, design and build embankments and bridges
  • -  understand the complex processes involved in improving and maintaining the rail network
  • -  calculate costs

At the end of the project, students will design and build a model of a bridge based on the specifications for the bridge which will carry Great Central Railway’s steam trains over the Midland Main Line railway.

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Bridge to the Future aims to encourage all students to consider careers in engineering and raise aspirations towards STEM careers. Male and female engineers, environment managers and project managers from Network Rail, AMCO, Carillion, Murphy and FJD will take lead roles during the programme, and will be joined by a variety of STEM professionals.
Nicky Morgan, MP for Loughborough and Secretary of State for Education, said: “So much of what I do on a national level as Secretary of State for Education is informed by my experience as a constituency MP, and Bridge to the Future is a prime example of this. The project brings together two of my great passions: encouraging more young people to study STEM subjects, and ensuring more of them leave school with the skills and experiences that employers value. These two things are crucial if we want more young people to have the chance to fulfil their potential and succeed in life.”

“It is great to see these two passions that I spend so much time talking about on a national level being brought together here at home. I congratulate the schools and businesses involved and look forward to seeing the project develop.”

Lili Tabiner, Great Central Railway, said: “The Bridge to the Future project is a complex feat of civil engineering, but before any structure is built a lot of work is needed so the new railway can operate for many years. Experts are guiding us through every stage of the process and each of these disciplines requires specialist skills that are obtained through the study of STEM subjects.”

“By taking students on site visits, and through the guidance of engineers working on the scheme, we hope the project will encourage more students to take up science, technology, engineering and maths.”

Vanessa Breward, STEM Coordinator at LEBC, said: “Bridge to the Future is a fabulous real-life STEM project. Britain is great at engineering and we are working with STEM Ambassadors to inspire students of today to become engineers and other STEM professionals to meet the growing demands of industry. The scheme will give students experience of a major engineering project, developing soft skills through project management, problem solving, team working and communication activities as well as building on science, technology, engineering and maths skills. The schools are very excited to be involved in this real insight into the world of work.”

Richard Walker, Network Rail’s Route Delivery Director who is responsible for the programme to modernise and electrify the Midland main line, said: “This is a hugely exciting project which gives a real insight into the diverse, interesting, challenging and rewarding railway careers, in engineering and associated disciplines. It also gives us a great opportunity to preserve the heritage rail network, and promote the works we do to make the rail network better for everyone.”

Notes: For more information about the real life reunification project, head to our project pages

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