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BEER FESTIVAL – Thurs 15th to Sun 18th September

Kate Tilley : August 28, 2016 10:03 am : Main Line, News Banner

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Great Central Railway’s annual beer festival returns for a 10th year and is bigger than ever! Take your taste buds on a sentimental journey at the award winning line’s 4-day beer festival. This year more than 70 guest beers, plus ciders, are on offer specially selected from different breweries.

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Sci-Fi Weekend – Who’s at the Railway? Sat 24 & Sun 25 September

Kate Tilley : August 21, 2016 9:41 am : Main Line, News Banner

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Who’s at The Railway? GCR’s Sci-Fi Weekend returns, with Cybermen, Doctors and other famous characters…  It’s your ticket to time travel, take the train to the Tardis and watch out for Daleks & Cybermen – an event for all lovers of fantasy fiction.

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DELTIC no 55019 driving experiences – 9 September

Richard Patching : August 17, 2016 1:39 pm : Main Line


Special Deltic diesel driving experiences are being offered on Friday 9 September – bookings are now being taken.

55019 Royal Highland Fusilier is visiting GCR as a guest for the Diesel Gala for the following two days, courtesy of the Deltic Preservation Society. This allows us to offer driving experiences with a total of 32 miles on the loco for each participant.

  • all running will be with carriages
  • one 8 mile run as driver
  • one 8 mile run as second man
  • two 8 mile runs in the rear cab
  • four complimentary passenger tickets per participant
  • presentation pack/ certificate upon completion
  • each experience will last approximately half a day, morning or afternoon
  • we anticipate the DPS Education Officer acting as Host and be available to talk knowledgeably to visitors.

Price per participant is £350 and can be booked by calling the GCR booking office on 01509 632323

As this is a special package there are no guided tours of the Loughborough site or catering provided.

Subject to demand for 9 September experiences, we may also offer at a later date experiences for Thursday, 8 September.

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Ellis Tea Rooms will be closed on Thursday 25th August from 12 noon.

Kate Tilley : August 17, 2016 10:06 am : Main Line

Due to a private booking with Thomas Cook:

Ellis Tea Rooms will be closed on Thursday 25th August from 12 noon.


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Auction of Bachmann Train Packs

Dennis Wilcock : July 13, 2016 8:00 am : Main Line, Main Line Xtra

The auction has now been concluded and the successful bidders informed.

At the recent GCR Model Event at Quorn & Woodhouse Bachmann Europe made a very generous donation of two of their excellent high quality train packs to support the Reunification Project.

Friends has decided that the best way to utilise this generous donation is to auction the two packs on this page and put the proceeds to the DCRT Grand Summer Draw which is in aid of the Restoration of Bridge 331 over the Grand Union Canal north of the Locomotive Shed at Loughborough.

To make a bid email with your bid and name. Each pack has a reserve price. The latest bid will be posted here. The auction will be concluded at the end of July, 2016.

The two packs are as follows:

372-400 Box ArtworkGraham Farish N Gauge Train Pack

Longmoor Military Railway

The pack contains WD Austerity No.400 “Sir Guy Williams” and three LMR suburban coaches all in Longmoor Military Railway livery.

Retail Price: £139.95

Reserve Price: £70.00

Latest Bid: £80.00


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Bachmann Branch-Line OO Gauge Train Pack

The Shakespeare Express

The pack contains GWR Hall Class No.4965 “Rood Ashton Hall”, three Chocolate and Cream Coaches and an EFE Stratford Upon Avon open top tour bus.

Retail Price: £219.95

Reserve Price: £110.00

Latest Bid: £120.00

A chance to gain a bargain at the same time helping to progress Reunification! Happy bidding.

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DCRT Draw for Bridge 331

Dennis Wilcock : July 1, 2016 7:30 pm : Main Line, News Banner

Raffle Ticket - 2016The Annual Draw of The David Clarke Railway Trust this year is in aid of the restoration of Bridge 331 over the Grand Union Canal, part of the Reunification of the two halves of the Great Central Railway. Members of Friends will have already received their tickets in the posting of Main Line No.167. A range of spectacular prizes is on offer.

In the first week over £1000 has already been raised.

If you still have your tickets please return them ASAP with your contribution. If you want more tickets, or are not a member of Friends and want a book of tickets please contact the
DCRT Draw Promoter, Lovatt House, 3 Wharncliffe Road, Loughborough, LE11 1SL

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Members will also know that through the generosity of Bachmann Europe two excellent train packs are available for auction.

Just go to the members’ sign in page at

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Investment Gives Boost to the GCR’s Projects

Dennis Wilcock : June 20, 2016 5:52 pm : Main Line, Main Line Xtra, News Banner

Leicestershire County Council has announced an investment of £250,000 in one million shares in GCR plc. This gives a major boost to the Reunification project part of which is to Bridge the Gap across the Midland Main Line and to the new museum to be built at Leicester North.

The Press Release from the Council reads:


(a)       That the County Council continues to work in collaboration with the Great Central Railway (GCR) and other partners on highways and supporting infrastructure in order to facilitate the expansion of the GCR and maximise the resultant benefits for the local economy;

(b)       That £250,000 be allocated from the Council’s Economic Development earmarked funds to purchase one million shares in the Great Central Railway Plc.;

(c)       That surplus track and lineside infrastructure from the site of the former Snibston Discovery Museum be donated to GCR for use in the Heritage Railway Museum.


Loughborough is identified as a priority Growth Area within Leicester and Leicestershire’s Strategic Economic Plan, and supporting its wider growth is therefore a priority for the Council.

The County Council is working in partnership with GCR, Charnwood Borough Council and Leicester City Council to overcome associated structural, land and highway issues which will ultimately unlock the expansion of the site. When delivered, this major infrastructure development could double the annual visitor numbers to the surrounding area, provide increased employment opportunities (direct and indirect) and help to initiate the wider regeneration of East Loughborough Industrial Heritage Quarter.

The purchase of shares in GCR will help secure the successful implementation of the expansion proposals, in particular the ‘Bridging the Gap’ project, reaffirming the site as one of Leicestershire’s unique and leading tourism attractions.  It will also position all three local authorities (the County, City and Borough Councils) as comparable shareholders in the site.

Bill Ford, the GCR’s Managing Director said “The news of the further support from LCC on both our museum and Gap projects is very exciting.  It now means that we have all 3 councils very much in support of our future growth allied to the bridging the gap and museum concepts. With a partnership of the NRM in York and the ongoing support of the Science museum in London, we are on course to produce one of the most spectacular railway preservation projects anywhere in the world.

The East Midlands is not generally associated with tourism, but with excellent motorway, rail and air connections our being centrally placed brings in huge advantages to a relatively underdeveloped part of the UK.

We have transformed the financial base of GCR Plc in the last 9 years and are achieving the goals set at that stage.”


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Annual General Meeting, 25th June

Richard Patching : May 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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