Great War Great Central – 10th and 11th November 2018


The GCR at Quorn & Woodhouse is working in conjunction with the Quorn Local History Group (QLHG) to mark the armistice centenary this year in Quorn village. An ‘armistice centenary trail’ is planned in the village with the GCR putting on its own display over the weekend of 10th-11th November 2018.

The GCR’s contribution called ‘Great War, Great Central’ intends to tell the story of the railway’s involvement during the First World War and recite some of the stories of Great Central railwaymen who lost their lives fighting for our country 100 year ago.
Quorn & Woodhouse Station will be taken even further back in time over the two November days, to the time when the station was run by the original GCR Co. at the time of the First World War. LNER signs and symbols will be temporarily covered up and replaced by ‘GCR’ initials whilst the present LNER brown and stone colour scheme will be reminiscent of the early GCR colour scheme used on stations at the beginning of the 20th Century.


Taking pride of place in the centre of the yard will feature the line’s resident centenarian locomotive 04 No. 63601 (GCR 8K No. 102), a locomotive design that was adopted by the Railway Operating Division (ROD) for large scale production during the First World War, and 63601 will be appearing. 63601 appears courtesy of owners the National Railway Museum.
Appearing courtesy of Nick Tinsley and the Quorn Wagon group, the line's resident War-flat WGF 8217 will be restored and out-shopped into War Department livery in time for the event and will be laden with a First World War Tank- a sight not seen for nearly 100 years! Tanks and railways developed a symbolic relationship during the First World War with railways being the only way of transporting them direct to the battlefield.

We are very fortunate to welcome members of the Bedfordshire Cavalry whose horses and riders will be putting on cavalry displays reminding us that Britain was still very much dependant on manual horsepower in a time when mechanical horses were still in their infancy.

To bring you into the village where there are many things going on throughout the weekend, we will be putting on a heritage bus service courtesy of Nottingham Heritage Vehicles Charity with their replica LGOC B Type bus- the same sort that were requisitioned to take troops to the front 100 years ago.

Alongside our collection of railway vehicles, there will be displays, talks, music, WW1 re-enactors and a vintage shuttle bus into Quorn village to tie in with the village events. Further railway vehicles to be announced.
Entrance to the event will be free with standard train travel prices applicable, tea and coffee will be available in the ‘tin shed’ which will also be converted into a Voluntary Aid Detachment Mess Room.

Time table of events at Quorn & Woodhouse Station

SATURDAY 10/11/2018

10.00    Battlepipe

10.45    Cavalry Demonstration

11.35    Military Drill with Jed Jaggard

12.00    Battlepipes

12.30    Cavalry Demonstration

13.00    Talk – The Tommy in WW1

Jed talks about the basic equipment of a soldier during the First World War and gives us an insight into their daily life.

13.45    Battlepipes

14.10    Talk – Army and Officers

Jed continues his talk about soldier’s lives in the trenches, focusing on Officer’s equipment and routines.

14.30    Cavalry Demonstration

15.00    Military Drill with Jed Jaggard

15.30    Battlepipes

SUNDAY 11/11/2018

10.00    Bugle & Battlepipes

10.40    Services at Loughborough Central and at Quorn War Memorial

11.45    Military Drill with Jed Haggard

12.10    Battlepipes

12.30    Talk – The Tommy in WW1

Jed talks about the basic equipment of a soldier during the First World War and gives us an insight into their daily life.

13.00    Talk – Army and Officer

Jed continues his talk about soldier’s lives in the trenches, focusing on Officer’s equipment and routines.

13.45    Battlepipes

14.10     Cavalry

14.45     Military Drill with Jed Jaggard

15.10     Battlepipes

15.30     Cavalry

The Railway is pleased to announce that serving members and Veterans of Britain's armed forces will be entitled to specially reduced fares this weekend, 10 & 11th November. This is to help mark the special events being held to mark the Great War Armistice at Great Central Railway

All day runabout tickets (with unlimited travel) are available for £10 adults and £6 children aged 5 to 15 (under 5's free).

This offer is only available to Veterans (with official ID), serving members of the armed forces and their families/ dependents presenting their Crown plastic identity cards, as issued by the Garrison of the Serving Member; equivalent cards issued to Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and other services will also be recognised.



















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