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Midweek running – this week!

Kate Tilley : October 21, 2014 9:50 am : Main Line, News Banner

Don’t miss the chance to travel on our award winning heritage railway this half term.  There’s trains running this Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday.

Cromwell ex Lboro at Woodthorpe Winter Gala 2010 (c) Andy Bennett

Find out more by visiting the event page

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No Griddle Car this weekend

Andrew Morley : October 16, 2014 11:25 am : Main Line

Unfortunately due to essential repairs, our Griddle Car will not be operating this weekend 18-19th October.

Consequently our all-day breakfast and other refreshments will not be available on-board trains during this period, but instead why not dine at one of our cafes along the line?

A comprehensive menu is available at the Loughborough Refreshment Room, Butler Henderson at Quorn, Ellis Tearoom at Rothley, and the Platform Café at Leicester North.

We apologise for any inconvenience that this temporary change may cause.

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Class 73 working this Saturday!

Kate Tilley : October 16, 2014 8:30 am : Main Line

Newly refurbished GBRailfeight 73961 will be hauling passenger trains at 11am and 1pm this Saturday!

73961 - Graham Wignall

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Halloween Steam & Scream – Fri 31st Oct

Kate Tilley : October 7, 2014 12:16 pm : Main Line, News Banner


Dare you ride our after dark ghost trains? Who knows what ghastly or ghoulish creatures you’ll meet on board… Visit the event page to find out more

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BONFIRE NIGHT – Wed 5th November

Kate Tilley : October 6, 2014 2:42 pm : Main Line, News Banner


Take a train to the flame and beat the crowds on bonfire night.  There’s children’s fair ground rides, hot food, a real ale tent and a stunning firework display.  The bonfire is lit at 7.30pm.  For more information, visit the event page

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Area Group Meetings

Dennis Wilcock : October 6, 2014 9:53 am : Main Line

Don’t forget the entertainment provided by our two Area Groups. The next meetings for the two groups are as follows:

Leicester Area Group

Friday 10th October Scottish Lowlands and Borders in the 1960s – Michael Clemens returns to Quorn with a tour of Southern Scotland, using both cine and stills, featuring the area which includes Stranraer, Beattock, Glasgow, Edinburgh, the Waverley route and various branch lines.

Friday 14th NovemberPenistone to Nottingham Victoria-via Derby Friargate  –  Starting on the Manchester-Sheffield line in 1947-48, Mike Eggington follows the GCR route southbound through Chesterfield to the East Midlands.

All meetings are held at St. Bartholomews Church Hall, Church Lane, Quorn, LE12 8DP near Loughborough, commencing at 7.30pm, on the second Friday of the month, from September to March inclusive. Refreshments should be available during the interval. Admission is free, although a collection is held to defray costs. Any surplus is used to fund various projects on the GCR.


For further information, contact John Calton on 0116 267 6909, Keith Satterly 0116 253 0990,  or Peter Hack 01509 261 094.

Northants Area Group

Wednesday 5th NovemberMind the Gap – Jason Cross Full coverage of the London Underground

As before all our meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month at Weston Favell Parish Hall, Booth Lane South, Northampton NN3 3EP and start at 7.30pm. All are welcome. You don’t have to be a member to attend – but it helps! Bring along family, friends and acquaintances and let’s make this new group the great success that it deserves to be.

Our Catering Dept will be on hand to provide refreshments during the break AND the hall should, if all goes to plan, have a brand new heating system to keep you warm when the chilly winter evenings arrive.

For more information contact Tony Hemmings on 01536 514 341

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Week-end Shed Tours 11th & 12th October

Paul Taylor : October 3, 2014 9:00 am : Main Line

Volunteer members of the Boscastle team will be offering informative tours of the Loughborough Locomotive Shed (not normally open to visitors) on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th October.

Tour times are on the half-hour and on the hour from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm – except 1.00 pm (guides’ lunch break).   Party size is limited to 12, with only one group in the shed at any one time:  best chances are on the hour.

Tour lasts half an hour:  please allow 10 mins. to walk to the shed prior to the tour and 10 mins. to walk back again.

Loco Shed Scene - Dennis Wilcock


There is no charge for the tour, but donations towards the overhaul of Rebuilt ‘West Country’ Class 4-6-2 no. 34039 Boscastle will be much appreciated.   Illustrated Shed Guidebook available for £3, only from your Guide – a unique ‘Boscastle’ publication.

PLEASE NOTE:  Visitors are required to be in possession of valid GCR travel tickets or platform tickets.   Tours are not suitable for children under 6, or for pushchairs.

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Lineside photographers reminder

Tom Ingall : September 24, 2014 7:28 am : Main Line

The Autumn Steam gala is fast approaching and with up to nine locomotives rostered for the Saturday and Sunday, it’s an event not to be missed.

Lineside photography permit holders are politely reminded to ensure their permit is in date. Please take a moment to refresh your knowledge of the safety guidelines on the sheet that came with your permit and to watch the linesiders film.

Please note: On Thursday, Friday and Saturday filming activity will be taking place around Quorn and Woodhouse station for a new GCR DVD. Two scaffold structures will be built – one immediately north of the station and one close to the TPO apparatus. The scaffold will be out of bounds for photographers. Thank you for your understanding.

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