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Butler Henderson CLOSED on Monday 3rd November

Kate Tilley : October 31, 2014 9:25 am : Main Line

Due to a private function, Butler Henderson will be closed on Monday 3rd November – we apologise for any inconvenience caused

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Missing embankment – environment study underway

Tom Ingall : October 28, 2014 8:02 am : Main Line

Ecology survey underway Oct 2014 at GCR (c) Lili TabinerWORK UNDERWAY TO SECURE PLANNING PERMISSION FOR REST OF GCR ‘GAP’


Construction work on a new bridge to carry a re-unified Great Central Railway over the Midland Main Line at Loughborough is expected to begin early next year. Meanwhile contracts have now been let for the environmental studies, ahead of a future planning application for the rest of the project, which will create an eighteen mile main line heritage railway.

In early October contractors were on the site of the proposed new embankment, another key component of the reunification scheme. Over the next few weeks they will produce a report, detailing the current state of the site and what effect rebuilding the embankment will have on wildlife and nearby water courses. These separate studies will inform the design work and ultimately a planning application for the construction of the rest of the link.

Meanwhile, the separate appeal to raise one million pounds to pay for the bridge over the Midland Main Line has now raised six hundred and fifty thousand pounds.

The bridge, one of the key pieces of infrastructure required to reconnect Great Central’s north and south is expected to be in place before the end of 2015.


To donate to the appeal, download an appeal form at or send a cheque made payable to the David Clarke Railway Trust to ‘Bridge Appeal, Lovatt House, Wharncliffe Road, Loughborough, LE11 1SL

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Week-end Shed Tours 8th & 9th November

Paul Taylor : October 27, 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 8th and Sunday 9th November.

Tour times are on the half-hour and  the hour from 10.30 am (but 11.30 am on the Sunday due to the Remembrance Service on Loughborough station platform) to 3.30 pm – except 1.00 pm due to 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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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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Book now for our award winning Santa Express

Kate Tilley : October 5, 2014 3:07 pm : Main Line, News Banner


It’s pure festive magic!  Yule love a trip on our award winning Santa trains.  Meet Santa on a steam train as he hands out presents to the children and the adults aren’t left out too – there’s festive refreshments for them.  Don’t miss a wonderful start to the season.  For more information and to book your seats, visit the event page

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Tom Ingall : August 30, 2014 12:34 pm : Main Line, News Banner

A stunning new calendar featuring 12 beautifully reproduced ‘Night Steam’ images from the GCR has just gone on sale. The photographs are incredible – the work of talented photographer Andrew Rapacz. It’s a whole new way to see the GCR – a splendid recreation of a Main Line at night. The front cover and image of GWR King, No 6023 King Edward II here are just examples, and can only hint at the high quality of the calendar.

Andrew has donated his time to compile the calendar himself. Friends of the Great Central Main Line have sponsored the printing costs. This collection can give you a whole year of pleasure for just £10. Even better, ALL the proceeds go directly to our Bridge to the Future appeal. Haven’t made a donation to our Bridge appeal yet? Or do you want to get your Christmas shopping started early? Head down to Loughborough station Emporium today. There is a strictly limited stock and once they are gone, they are gone. Don’t miss out on the talking point of your wall space for the next year!

The calendars are also available via mail order with an additional £4 payable for postage and packaging. Please email for details.

King imageFront cover

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