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October Gala Highlights DVD now available

Tom Ingall : November 24, 2014 7:48 am : Main Line

Our spectacular Autumn Gala highlights DVD is now available. The disc has 1 hour 50 minutes of action including two memorable TPO drops, the turntable and evocative run pasts captured from multiple angles to get you closer to the action, filmed on Saturday October the 3rd.

Also on the DVD is a behind the scenes featurette and a dip into the archives for a look at the Quorn scene in the mid 1970s.

The DVD costs just £20, with every penny going to the Bridge to the Future appeal. Look out for the order form in the next edition of Main Line – or alternatively drop an email to to order immediately. Copies selling quickly already – thank you for your support.


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Kate Tilley : November 21, 2014 11:55 am : Main Line

Please note; our Santa trains are fully booked on the first weekend – 29th & 30th November.  Therefore, there will be no tickets available on the day

To view our other available services, please follow the link:


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Book now for our award winning Santa Express

Kate Tilley : November 19, 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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Layouts & traders announced for GCR’s Model Event

Kate Tilley : November 18, 2014 12:40 pm : Main Line, News Banner

Over 55 layouts and over 25 traders have now been announced for GCR’s 2015 Model Event


Exhibitors and traders will be in the main event arena – the 37,000 sq ft exhibition hall at Quorn & Woodhouse station, which will house some of the best layouts the hobby has to offer, as well as the industry’s premier suppliers.

To find out more about the event, just follow the link: THE MODEL EVENT

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Last few copies of fundraising calendar available

Tom Ingall : November 17, 2014 12:34 pm : Main Line, News Banner

Our stunning  calendar featuring 12 beautifully reproduced ‘Night Steam’ images from the GCR is about to sell out. Have you got your copy?  The photographs are incredible – the work of talented photographer Andrew Rapacz.

It costs £10. Even better, ALL the proceeds go directly to our Bridge to the Future appeal. The last few calendars are available via mail order with an additional £4 payable for postage and packaging. Please email for details.

Alternatively the emporium at Loughborough has a VERY limited supply – but likely to run out this weekend (22nd November)

King imageFront cover

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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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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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