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Weekend Shed Tours 7th & 8th May

Richard Patching : April 27, 2016 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 7th and Sunday 8th May.

Tour times are at: 10.30, 11.00, 11.30 am & 12.00; 12.30, 1.30, 2.30, 3.15 & 3.45 pm

Party size is limited to 12, with only one group in the shed at any one time.

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 – especially in view of the major work needed on the firebox.

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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New Bridge to the Future Web Page Published

Dennis Wilcock : April 26, 2016 8:45 am : Main Line

The Bridge to the Future web page has now been updated. It will carry all the latest news in relation to the project to re-unify the two halves of the Great Central Railway to create a 18 mile intercity steam operated heritage railway between the outskirts of Leicester and the outskirts of Nottingham.

You can access the pages through the Bridge to the Future logo on the GCR home page

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Peppa & George – Sat 30th April to Mon 2nd May

Kate Tilley : April 11, 2016 2:10 pm : Main Line, News Banner

All across the bank holiday weekend, our favourite piggies, Peppa & George are coming to the railway.

Play on the funfair, ride the steam trains and get your face painted!

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Annual General Meeting, 25th June

Richard Patching : April 3, 2016 11:34 am : Main Line

The Great Central Railway PLC’s annual general meeting will be held at Lovatt House, 3 Wharncliffe Road, Loughborough, Leics., LE11 1SL on Saturday 25th June 2016 at 10.30am (doors open from 10am)

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Chief Executive Officer

Andrew Morley : April 1, 2016 10:16 am : Main Line

Lovatt front view (c) Tony SparksGCR is seeking to appoint a Chief Executive Officer to take the company forward.

This is partly in response to the two major infrastructure projects, Bridging the Gap over the Midland Main Line and the new museum at Leicester North, which are both underway. The intention is that Bill Ford will move from his current role of Managing Director to lead the Board as the company continues its commercial growth and expansion.

Harris Hill, recruitment consultants have been appointed to manage the recruitment process and details of the post can be found on their website – for the link, please click here.

Any enquiries relating to the post should be addressed to Harris Hill directly.

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Bridge to the Future – Work begins on site!

Andrew Morley : February 12, 2016 6:00 pm : Main Line, News Banner

Bridge to the Future - Turf Cutting

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Great Central & More – Steam, Rail & Ale – Rail Holiday

Kate Tilley : February 3, 2016 1:21 pm : Main Line, Main Line Xtra

Our rail holiday partner, Railtrail Tours, have recently been awarded the 2015 British Travel Awards silver award in the category ‘Best Rail Holidays Company’

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Amongst their extensive programme of escorted rail holidays of the UK and Europe this one may be of particular interest to you as it includes our Model Railway event in June and much more! When booking any Railtrail Tour please state you saw the tour advertised at the Great Central Railway as the ‘Bridge Fund’ receives a welcome donation boost.

Thursday 16th June 2016 – 5 days – Fares from £499

A brilliant Steam, Rail & Ale tour timed to coincide with the huge Great Central Model Railway event plus steam on the Great Central North. Add in a private steam passenger and photo freight charter on the Foxfield Railway plus Marston’s Heritage brewery, the much loved Titanic brewery and a visit to England’s oldest inn, dating from 1189!


  • Great Central Day Rover pass
  • Admission to the GCR Model event at Quorn
  • Steam on GCR – Nottingham
  • Heritage bus rides
  • Tour of Marston’s brewery
  • Private passenger steam charter Foxfield Railway
  • Private photo steam charter of mineral train
  • Visit to Titanic brewery and taster
  • Farewell drink at ‘Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem’

The tour is based at the former Midland Railway Hotel in Derby and includes Half Board, rail travel from any station in the UK, and all excursions

The full tour programme can be viewed at

Copies of the 2016 Classic UK & European tours brochure are available at all stations. Whilst the Steam, Rail & Ale tours can be viewed on their website


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Reunification – latest Bridge Statement

Richard Patching : December 4, 2015 4:39 pm : Main Line, Main Line Xtra

Contact: Bill Ford – 07515 598329

Date:  Wednesday, 2nd December 2015



The recent delay and revised timescale of the electrification of the Midland Mainline has had an inevitable impact on the Bridging the Gap project in that the efficiency savings, which were originally anticipated as a result of contractors combining work on both projects, are now lost.

Following meetings with Network Rail in both Derby and London, GCR plc has decided, with the full cooperation of Network Rail, to take over the management of the total project to reunify the two sections of the GCR north and south of the Midland Mainline ‘gap’ at Loughborough. This includes replacing the missing bridge over the Midland Mainline.

GCR’s project managers, FJD, have now taken over the management of the entire project on GCR’S behalf and will continue to liaise with Network Rail to secure the required consents and collaboration.  The ‘pause’ has also given GCR the opportunity to review the MML bridge design and look at combining it with a new bridge over Railway Terrace together with the section crossing Preci Spark car park.  The two Reading bridge decks will be incorporated into this structure to save costs.

It is now anticipated that work on other sections of the Gap project will start in the spring with the restoration of the Canal bridge and preparation work on rebuilding the embankments.

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