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60136 ‘Tornado’ weekend on the Great Central Railway Nottingham

David Rae : February 12, 2018 7:30 pm : Main Line, Main Line Xtra

The GCR Nottingham had a spectacular weekend on 10-11 February when it hosted A1 Steam Locomotive Trust 60136 ‘Tornado’ after the loco’s winter overhaul at Locomotive Maintenance Services in Loughborough, before returning to the main line.

Phil Stanway, Company Secretary of the GCRN agreed the deal to run the loco, which hauled 8 trains over the weekend, using 4 HST trailer cars from the 125 Group and a Mark 2 coach, tailed by 47828. 1200 people rode the trains, a great success for the GCRN.

The Friends of the Great Central Main Line were invited to support the event. Rather than organising a platform stand on a wintry weekend, we fielded a team, led by Bill Higson, to ride the trains, give out leaflets for the Canal Bridge appeal, explain the project and of course to welcome donations. Over £900 was raised, together with goodwill and enhanced understanding about the ‘Bridge to the Future’ project. Thanks to all concerned for their contributions.

The next appearance of the Friends stand and operating Bridge model will be at the highly recommended Nottingham model railway exhibition on 17-18 March at Harvey Hadden Sports Village, NG8 4PB. Call by if you’re visiting!

Photos at Rushcliffe Halt by: David Rae Top Bob Stephens [lower]

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Annual General Meetings, Saturday, 30th June

Richard Patching : February 3, 2018 11:34 am : Main Line

The Great Central Railway PLC’s annual general meeting will be held at Eadon Hall, Loughborough Grammar School LE11 2DU on Saturday 30th June at 10.30 am (doors open from 10 am).

As usual, this meeting will be followed at 12.15 pm, or shortly afterwards, by the annual general meeting of Friends of Great Central Main Line


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Weekend Shed Tours Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th February

GCR Admin : February 1, 2018 7:00 am : Main Line

Volunteer members of the Boscastle team will be offering informative tours of the Loughborough Locomotive Shed on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th February.

The tour times are: 10 30, 11 00, 11 45,  12 45, 13 30, 14 15, 15 30, 16 15; an additional tour may take place after the 14 49 arrival of the lunchtime dining train back at Loughborough, subject to demand and guide availability. 

Party size is limited at the discretion of the guide.

Please assemble outside the loco shed door and await guide.

Tours last approximately half an hour; please allow 10 minutes to walk to the shed prior to the tour and 10 minutes 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.

All locomotives and attractions appear subject to availability. Great Central Railway reserves the right to amend or cancel any service.

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Museum at Leicester North – News Release

GCR Admin : December 14, 2017 10:12 pm : Main Line

We regret to report that the Heritage Lottery Fund has informed Great Central Railway that it will not be supporting plans for a new railway museum at Leicester North.

The full News Release giving details can be downloaded here.

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Crossing the Canal – Bridging the Gap part two!

Andrew Morley : December 1, 2017 12:01 am : Main Line, Main Line Xtra, News Banner

Crossing the Canal

Bridging the Gap part two!

With our new bridge across the Midland Main Line almost complete we are now turning our attention to the next phase of the project. We want to work on the existing canal bridge at Loughborough which needs repairing.

For the all the details please visit our dedicate Crossing the Canal webpage at

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Bonfire Night

Richard Patching : November 4, 2017 11:16 am : Main Line

The Railway’s Bonfire & Fireworks event at Quorn on Friday night attracted a record attendance and it was a highly successful night.

Priority for entry needed to be given to visitors who had booked in advance. Unfortunately the event’s popularity was such that the Railway needed to close the entrance gate into Quorn last night – this decision was made for crowd safety reasons and to avoid exceeding the capacity agreed with the authorities. We would like to apologise for the disappointment this would have caused to visitors without tickets arriving shortly before the event began.



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FoGCML 2018 calendar

Andrew Morley : October 27, 2017 10:25 pm : Main Line, Main Line Xtra

FoGCML 2018 calendar.

Friends of the Great Central Main Line have produced a 2018 calendar with all proceeds going to the Reunification Project appeal.

Thirteen exceptional pictures from talented photographers will take you through the year. The calendar is A3 is size with room to write appointments.

Each calendar costs £10 and will soon be available from the Emporium at Loughborough Central station. Alternatively you can pre-order one by emailing the Chairman of the Friends of the Great Central Main Line

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Theft of Christmas presents

GCR Admin : October 26, 2017 9:15 am : Main Line

We’re very sorry to report that over 370 Christmas presents have been stolen from GCR. The presents were taken from a coach at Quorn & Woodhouse station.

The presents were intended for children between the age of 3 and 10, and all were wrapped and carried stickers showing the various age ranges.

These presents were left in stock from 2016 and were about to be donated to charity, including the Childrens Hospital at Leicester Royal Infirmary.

This theft will not affect our forthcoming Santa trains.

If anyone has any information on this incident, please contact Leicestershire Police on 101. The incident number is 161 from 26/10/17.

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