GCR Remembrance Event – 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 in ROD livery especially for the event. This will be the last chance to see the locomotive complete before entering overhaul.
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.
Accompanying our WW1 tank train, Railway Vehicle Preservations have kindly agreed to unveil their former LNER Pigeon Van which was converted to a ward coach 1943 for use in US Army Hospital train no. 27 and numbered 2704. This will be making its public debut during the event and will be out-shopped in its Second World War livery it sported during its military service.

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.

Further information to be released.

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