Daily image gallery

Several new images being published each day...

At the start of the national 'lockdown' due to the coronavirus, we began posting a series of archive images each day showing the Great Central Railway at its best, and the "Daily Gallery" has proved to be a popular addition to our website and social media channels.

The railway has now begun to reopen and we'll continue posting a mixture of archive and current photographs each day!  Special thanks to the photographers who have kindly provided images for use here.

We hope you enjoy the selection each day.

 


Added on Tuesday 24th November 2020...

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Published at 20:40

"After a day working in the yard at Quorn & Woodhouse, Peckett 0-4-0ST 'Teddy' begins the journey back to shed at Loughborough during a very well received visit to the GCR in 2016."
Photo © Ian Morley.

 

 

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Published at 19:00

"Locomotives on static display proved a popular feature of summer weekends in 2020 at the Great Central, alongside passenger train running. Here, English Electric Type 1 D8098 propels Brush Type 4 1705 and Stanier Class 8 48305 into the Up Reception North siding at Quorn & Woodhouse for display."
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 


Added on Monday 23rd November 2020...

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Published at 19:30

"A decade ago, visiting British Railways Standard Class 4 2-6-4T 80072 powers through the Leicester countryside during a popular visit to the Great Central."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 

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Published at 18:50

"The start of a journey by steam train... A local passenger train steams away from Loughborough Central with Fowler 3F 47406 in charge."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on Sunday 22nd November 2020...

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Published at 20:30

"Steam power of a different form in action, as the GCR's Ransomes & Rapier 45-ton steam crane RS1097/45 lifts a Catfish ballast hopper during a demonstration at Swithland Sidings."
Photo © David Putt.

 

 

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Published at 13:20

"A bright day in June 2015 saw 9F 92214 (appearing as 92220 'Evening Star' for a special event) departing from Loughborough Central, surrounded by the pleasant colours of summer."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on Saturday 21st November 2020...

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Published at 21:00

"Stanier Class 5 45231 awaits the next duty at the north end of Platform 1 at Loughborough Central."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 

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Published at 19:00

"A Scottish theme on display just south of Lougborough Central, as visiting K4 61994 'The Great Marquess' makes an impressive departure with a train for Leicester North."
Photo © David Putt.

 

 

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Published at 12:20

"Although the beautiful sight of a steam locomotive at work is temporarily restricted to our screens, the real thing will return to the Great Central soon!"
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on Friday 20th November 2020...

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Published at 20:50

"Resting on shed... Ivatt Class 2 46521 and Stanier Class 8 48624 stand outside the locomotive works at Loughborough."
Photo © Ken Simms.

 

 

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Published at 18:50

"A distinguished Great Western Railway visitor, 6023 'King Edward II' appearing in early British Railways blue livery, approaches Leicester North during a 2013 visit to the Great Central."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 


Added on Thursday 19th November 2020...

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Published at 20:50

"A meeting of two eras with Stanier Class 8 48305 of 1943 standing on display with Brush Type 4 1705 of 1965 at Quorn & Woodhouse."
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 

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Published at 19:45

"Freight trains are a regular sight at our heritage gala events, with a beautifully restored selection of vehicles in service. Here we see Fowler 3F 47406 hauling a southbound fitted van train from Loughborough Central."
Photo © John Smith.

 

 


Added on Wednesday 18th November 2020...

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Published at 20:50

"A different perspective, on a bright morning at Swithland Sidings, as a steam-hauled passenger train proceeds towards Rothley."
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 

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Published at 19:30

"Gala events often bring very popular visiting locomotives to the Great Central...LMS 'Crab' 13065 and LNER B12 8572 arrive at Quorn and Woodhouse during our Winter Steam Gala in 2018."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 


Added on Tuesday 17th November 2020...

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Published at 20:30

"Looking back to 2002, Thompson B1 1264 appears again, but this time at Loughborough Central, and carrying British Railways number 61264 and matching livery."
Photo © Syd Hancock.

 

 

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Published at 19:30

"A class very much at home on the former Great Central main line is the Thompson B1. In preservation, 1264 (running as 1251 'Oliver Bury') passes Swithland Sidings during a very popular visit in 2018."
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 


Added on Monday 16th November 2020...

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Published at 20:40

"Passing through Rothley on a bright afternoon, British Railways Standard Class 5 73156 hauls a northbound passenger train back towards Loughborough."
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 

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Published at 19:40

"In a scene from a previous steam gala, visiting GWR 5600 Class 0-6-2 5643 stands in the Up Loop at Swithland Sidings with a short mixed goods train."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on Sunday 15th November 2020...

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Published at 20:30

"A morning freight approaches Quorn & Woodhouse, with British Railways Standard Class 2 78018 in charge."
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 

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Published at 13:30

"GWR Large Prairie 4141 arrives at Rothley with a passenger train on pleasant day in May 2003."
Photo © Richard Bingham.

 

 


Added on Saturday 14th November 2020...

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Published at 20:30

"Heading home... Stanier Class 8 48305 begins the journey back to Loughborough Central with a train of empty coaching stock, in early September 2020."
Photo © John Smith.

 

 

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Published at 13:50

"The start of another journey... Stanier Class 5 45305 'Alderman A.E. Draper' steams away from Loughborough Central, in an everyday scene that we look forward to repeating soon."Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on Friday 13th November 2020...

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Published at 20:55

"At the end of a long day... Visiting GWR Manor 7802 'Bradley Manor' stands on shed at Loughborough during our Winter Steam Gala in 2019."
Photo © Joe Connell.

 

 

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Published at 19:30

"A window into earlier days of preservation, with Thompson B1 1306 'Mayflower' standing in Platform 2 at Loughborough Central in the early 1980s."
Photo © Richard Bingham.

 

 


Added on Thursday 12th November ...

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Published at 19:30

"Steam locomotives provide for a fine scene in all weathers... Stanier Class 8 48305 (running as 48773 for a special event) catches the early morning sunlight on the outskirts of Loughborough, back in January 2009."
Photo © Neville Wellings.

 

 

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Published at 12:20

"Originally built for hauling heavy coal trains, O4 63601 is very much at home on this working, seen north of Rothley." 63601 is owned by the National Railway Museum, and is currently under overhaul to steam again at the Great Central."
Photo © Richard Bingham.

 

 


Added on Wednesday 11th November...

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Published at 19:00

"A Gresley theme on display at Loughborough Central, as GNR N2 1744 of 1920 buffers-up to teak bodied LNER pigeon van 4050 of 1940."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 

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Published at 09:00

"A cold January morning delivers an atmospheric scene at Loughborough Central, as British Railways Standard Class 9F 92214 prepares to haul the first train of the day."
Photo © Andrew Royle.

 

 


Added on Tuesday 10th November...

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Published at 13:20

"A search of old negatives reveals many heritage scenes.... GCR Improved Director Class 506 'Butler Henderson' arrives at Quorn & Woodhouse, circa 1982."
506 is owned by the National Railway Museum.
Photo © Richard Bingham.

 

 


Added on Monday 9th November...

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Published at 18:00

"A main line scene on the Great Central, as British Railways Standard Class 9F 92214 steams away from Loughborough Central having just passed a first generation diesel railcar, seen in the distance."
Photo © John Bagshaw.

 

 

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Published at 11:00

"Steaming ahead... Stanier Class 8 48624 hauls a passenger train towards Leicester North."
Photo © Ken Simms.

 

 


Added on Sunday 8th November...

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Published at 20:00

"Looking back to the early 1980s, Thompson B1 'Mayflower' runs round a train, ready to return to Loughborough."Photo © Richard Bingham.

 

 

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Published at 10:00

"We will remember them."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on Saturday 7th November...

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Published at 17:00

"The power of steam... British Railways Standard Class 5 73156 storms away from Quorn & Woodhouse during October 2020."
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 

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Published at 11:10

"Stanier Class 5 45305 passes BR Standard Class 2 78019 at Swithland Sidings".
Sadly our "First Hurrah" event cannot take place this weekend due to the national lockdown, but we are now intending to stage the event in January 2021. An announcement will follow soon!
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on Friday 6th November...

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Published at 19:40

"A hive of activity at Swithland Sidings, with both loops occupied, and two passenger trains passing in a main line scene, during a gala event at the Great Central."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 

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Published at 18:10

"Greyhound in action... ex-LSWR T9 Class 30120 was a very popular visitor to the Great Central in 2019, and appeared courtesy of the National Railway Museum."
Photo © Lewis Day.

 

 


Added on Thursday 5th November...

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Published at 20:10

"Stanier Class 8 48624 stands at Quorn & Woodhouse at a previous Bonfire Night event on the Great Central."
Photo © Great Central Railway.

 

 

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Published at 18:50

"Fireworks take a break in 2020... Although our extremely popular Bonfire Night event cannot take place this year, we look back on many enjoyable past years, and look forward with confidence that this event will return in better times!"
Photo © Scott Mattock.

 

 


Added on Wednesday 4th November...

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Published at 19:20

"A distinctly LMS theme on show at Rothley, as Stanier Class 5 45305 'Alderman A.E. Draper' passes Fowler 3F 47406."
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 

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Published at 13:20

"The gloomy weather of a June afternoon brings no shortage of atmosphere as Stanier Class 8 locomotives pass at Swithland Sidings on the Great Central."
Photo © Martyn Tattam.

 

 


Added on Tuesday 3rd November...

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Published at 20:00

"Looking back to 2003, GWR Prairie 4141 finds the gentle falling gradient towards Loughborough Central..."
Photo © Syd Hancock.

This photograph was taken during a period of many improvements on the Great Central, with the reinstated double-track in the early years of use, and Quorn & Woodhouse Signal Box (formerly of Market Raisen) only months away from commissioning.

 

 

Today's image 1 of 2
Published at 15:10

"After the first national lockdown, GCR passenger trains ran for several weeks from the end of July 2020, with Ivatt Class 2 46521 seen here heading south... We look forward to trains resuming soon!"
Photo © John Smith.

 

 


Added on Monday 2nd November...

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Published at 20:00

"Looking back to 1989, N2 69523 heads north towards Loughborough Central... This section of line now benefits from double track, allowing trains to pass on the move, and the running of intensive gala timetables."
Photo © Syd Hancock.

 

 

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Published at 12:00

"A scene which will return... GWR Modified Hall 6990 'Witherslack Hall' steams south towards Quorn & Woodhouse in early October 2020."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on Sunday 1st November...

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Published at 19:30

"Stanier Class 8 48305 hauls the final train of the day towards Swithland Sidings on Sunday 1st November 2020."
Photo © Great Central Railway/AJM.

 

 


Added on Saturday 31st October ...

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Published at 18:00

"A 9F on freight train duty... A visiting example of this highly successful Riddles design, 92203, steams along the straight, south of Quorn & Woodhouse."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on Friday 30th October ...

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Published at 11:00

"At the start of another day, Stanier Class 8 48305 and Brush Type 4 1705 are propelled towards Quorn & Woodhouse by English Electric Type 1 D8098."
Photo © John Smith.

 

 

Today's image 1 of 2
Published at 11:00

"Stanier Class 8 48305 arrives at Quorn & Woodhouse with a passenger train during the 2020 post-lockdown services."
Photo © John Smith.

 


Added on Thursday 29th October...

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Published at 17:50

"First generation diesel railcars provide excellent views and heating, for an enjoyable and comfortable journey."
Photo © Syd Hancock.

 

 

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Published at 14:35

"A meeting of the old and new, with British Railways Standard Class 2 78018 passing housing of 2020, just south of Loughborough on the Great Central."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on Wednesday 28th October...

Today's image 1 of 1
Published at 18:30

"A busy afternoon at Swithland Sidings with four steam locos forming an interesting scene."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on Tuesday 27th October...

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Published at 19:30

"British Railways Standard Class 9F 92214 'Leicester City' steams southwards from Loughborough Central with a passenger train."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on Monday 26th October...

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Published at 19:20

"Returning to shed after a long day of work... Fowler 3F 47406 steams back to Loughborough as the sun sets."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 

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Published at 17:10

"Recreating an afternoon freight train on the Southern Region... Visiting Q-Class 30541 (appearing as 30543) steams towards Swithland Viaduct."
Photo © John Smith.

 

 


Added on Sunday 25th October...

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Published at 18:20

"The tremendous power of a 9F on display, as 92214 (appearing in the guise of fellow preserved 9F 92220 'Evening Star') steams away from Swithland Sidings."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 

Today's image 2 of 2
Published at 14:20

"Looking back to Easter 1979, 71000 'Duke of Gloucester' stands at Loughborough Central, with restoration in progress."
Photo © Harper Shaw Collection.

 

 

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Published at 09:30

"The day begins with British Railways Standard Class 5 73156 departing for Quorn & Woodhouse."
Photo © Great Central Railway/AJM.

 

 


Added on Saturday 24th October...

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Published at 18:50

"Standing in anticipation... British Railways Standard Class 5 73156 waits for departure with the evening dining train."
Photo © Great Central Railway/AJM.

 

 

Today's image 1 of 2
Published at 14:30

"British Railways Standard Class 5 73156 makes progress past Swithland Sidings, working a southbound passenger train."
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 


Added on Friday 23rd October...

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Published at 20:10

"Unique British Railways Standard Class 8 71000 'Duke of Gloucester' steams away from Loughborough Central."
Photo © Great Central Railway.

 

 

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Published at 19:00

"A powerful 4-6-0 in the sunshine... British Railways Standard Class 5 73156 pauses in the sunshine at Loughborough Central."
Photo © GCR/AJM.

 

 


Added on Wednesday 21st October...

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Published at 20:30

"A Southern Region express powers along a busy main line, hauled by Bulleid Battle of Britain Class 34053 'Sir Keith Park', during a popular visit to the Great Central."
Photo © John Bagshaw.

 

 

Today's image 1 of 2
Published at 18:30

"With paintwork gleaming, British Railways Standard Class 2 78018 departs with a southbound passenger train."
Photo © Ken Simms.

 

 


Added on Tuesday 20th October...

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Published at 19:00

"With paintwork gleaming, British Railways Standard Class 2 78018 departs with a southbound passenger train."
Photo © Great Central Railway/AJM.

 

 


Added on Monday 19th October...

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Published at 20:40

"A steam locomotive in the sunshine... Stanier Class 5 45305 climbs the gentle gradient towards Quorn & Woodhouse, back in April 2015."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 

Today's image 1 of 2
Published at 12:40

"Stanier Class 5 45305 rounds the curve on the approach to Swithland Viaduct with a train for Leicester North."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on Sunday 18th October...

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Published at 19:30

"The last train of the day accelerates up the 1-in-176 incline towards Leicester North on Sunday 18th October 2020."
Photo © Great Central Railway/AJM.

 

 

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Published at 11:20

"Autumn colours set the scene as British Railways Standard Class 9F 92214 steams through Leicestershire, back in 2018."
Photo © Scott Mattock.

 

 


Added on Saturday 17th October...

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Published at 20:00

"A journey back to yesteryear at the Great Central Railway, with British Railways Standard Class 9F 92214."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 

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Published at 14:40

"Nearing journey's end... British Railways Standard Class 2 78018 and Fowler 3F 47406 approach Loughborough Central with a train from Leicester North."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 

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Published at 11:00

"The day begins... British Railways Standard Class 9F 92214 glides through Rothley with the first passenger train of the weekend."
Photo © Great Central Railway/AJM.

 

 


Added on Friday 16th October...

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Published at 20:40

"A spirited departure with power to spare... British Railways Standard Class 9F 92214 accelerates away from Loughborough Central with a southbound passenger train."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 

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Published at 18:50

"British Rail Class 37/7 37714 'Cardiff Canton' powers away from Loughborough Central".
Photo © Joe Connell.

 

 

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Published at 13:40

"Stanier Class 5 45305 'Alderman A.E. Draper' arrives at Quorn & Woodhouse in bright morning sunshine."
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 


Added on Thursday 15th October...

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Published at 15:20

"A Western express... Visiting GWR Modified Hall 6960 'Raveningham Hall' is in charge of 'The Inter-City' on a bright afternoon at the Great Central."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 

Today's image 1 of 2
Published at 12:30

"A journey in the morning sunshine... Ivatt Class 2 46521 steams towards Quorn & Woodhouse on a late summer day."
Photo © John Smith.

 

 


Added on Wednesday 14th October...

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Published at 18:20

"Ivatt 2-6-0 in the sunshine... 46521 emerges from beneath Beeches Road bridge with a train for Leicester North."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on Tuesday 13th October...

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Published at 21:20

"Hauling the empties... Fowler 3F 47406 hauls a train of mineral wagons from the loop to the main line as their journey continues."
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 

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Published at 19:30

"The lunchtime dining train steams along the single line towards Leicester North..."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on Monday 12th October...

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Published at 20:30

"An afternoon charter for 73156... The popular BR Standard Class 5 hauls a passenger train including private charter vehicles towards Rothley on a spring afternoon."
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 

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Published at 14:30

"An impressive display of steam motive power on a Great Central passenger train, with British Railways Standard Class 9F 92214 'Leicester City' and visiting Southern Railway Battle of Britain Class 34081 '92 Squadron'."
Photo © John Bagshaw.

 

 


Added on Sunday 11th October...

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Published at 21:00

"Steam power from the Southern Region... Visiting U Class 2-6-0 31806 storms away from Loughborough Central with a train for Leicester North."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 

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Published at 19:00

"Empty stock to form a day's first passenger train... Stanier Class 5 45305 'Alderman A.E. Draper' hauls a rake of British Railway Mark 1 coaching stock, southbound from Loughborough Central."
Photo © John Smith.

 

 

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Published at 11:20

"It's a lovely day to travel by train.... 6990 "Witherslack Hall" glides through Rothley with the first train of the day on Sunday 11th October 2020."
Photo © Great Central Railway/AJM.

 

 


Added on Saturday 10th October...

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Published at 19:40

"A van train conveys an assortment of goods of all kinds through Leicestershire, with British Railways Standard Class 2 78018 in charge."
Photo © Ken Simms.

 

 

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Published at 14:20

"GWR Modified Hall 6990 'Witherslack Hall' steams past Swithland Sidings with a fitted van train."
Photo © Gordon McCulloch.

 

 


Added on Friday 9th October...

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Published at 20:40

"Steaming through the beautiful Leicestershire countryside on the Great Central, as Stanier Class 5 45305 heads south."
Photo © John Bagshaw.

 

 

Today's image 1 of 2
Published at 18:30

"A bright afternoon on the Great Central, as 6990 'Witherslack Hall' steams towards Quorn & Woodhouse."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on Thursday 8th October...

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Published at 21:00

"Sulzer Type 2 D5185 powers away from Rothley with a goods train, while also propelling a diesel brake tender, which were a common sight as diesel traction replaced steam on Britain's railways".
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 

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Published at 17:20

"Work in progress inside the recently constructed locomotive shed at Loughborough on 10th September 1978, with Thompson B1 1306 'Mayflower' and Manning Wardle 0-6-0 'Littleton No. 5'."
Photo © Harper Shaw Collection.

 

 


Added on Wednesday 7th October...

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Published at 20:50

"Western Region freight... GWR 2-8-0 3850 hauls a mineral train on the Great Central, alongside the telegraph poles which were once so critical to railway communications in years gone by."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 

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Published at 12:50

"During the construction of the new Leicester Western Bypass in the early 1990s, Stanier Class 5 45231 approaches the new road bridge across the Great Central."
Photo © Horace Gamble.

 

 


Added on Tuesday 6th October...

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Published at 20:30

"Freight through the countryside... A work-stained 9F 92214 hauls a northbound freight train on the Great Central."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 

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Published at 18:00

"A journey back in time, as Norwegian Railways number 377 'King Haakon' steams southwards towards Quorn & Woodhouse in August 1975."
Photo © Harper Shaw Collection.

 

 


Added on Monday 5th October...

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Published at 19:40

"The impressive BR Standard Class 9F 92214 stands ready to cross to the Down Main at Swithland Sidings, with a mineral train."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 

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Published at 14:40

"Steam power from the Southern Region... Visiting West Country Light Pacific 34092 'City of Wells' steams impressively through a cutting between Loughborough Central and Quorn & Woodhouse."
Photo © John Bagshaw.

 

 


Added on Sunday 4th October...

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Published at 20:30

"Unique British Railways Standard Class 8 71000 'Duke of Gloucester' rounds the curve on the approach to Swithland Viaduct in October 2010."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

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Published at 13:30

"The driver looks ahead and slows the train, hauled by British Railways Standard Class 2 78018, on the approach to Rothley Station."
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 


Added on Saturday 3rd October...

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Published at 19:30

"It could be a scene from the 1960s, with Sulzer Type 2 D5185, Stanier Class 8 48624, and BR Standard Class 9F 92214 outside Loughborough Central".
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 

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Published at 14:20

"Visiting GWR Modified Hall 6960 'Raveningham Hall' adds colour to an already bright afternoon at the Great Central, back in 2015."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on Friday 2nd October...

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Published at 19:20

"British Railways Standard Class 2 78018 and Ivatt Class 2 46521 pause under an overcast sky at Swithland Sidings."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

78018 is due to haul our passenger trains this weekend 3rd and 4th October 2020, while 46521 is due to be on static display at Quorn & Woodhouse.
To book: https://www.gcrailway.co.uk/special-events/october-passenger-trains-2020/

 

 

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Published at 12:30

"A very popular member of the fleet, Fowler 3F 47406, departs from Loughborough Central with an early afternoon passenger train, back in October 2015."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on Thursday 1st October...

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Published at 14:40

"An early preservation photograph at Rothley with N2 4744 running round a train in March 1981."
Photo © Dennis Wilcock Collection.

 

 

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Published at 10:00

"In a scene from six years ago, visiting British Railways Standard Class 4 2-6-0 76084 steams away from Loughborough Central with a train for Leicester North."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on Wednesday 30th September...

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Published at 19:20

"An assortment of liveries is on display on this southbound passenger train, hauled towards Quorn & Woodhouse by GWR Small Prairie 5553, back in April 2004."
Photo © Syd Hancock.

 

 

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Published at 12:00

"Class 5 under way... Stanier Class 5 45305 passes the GCR's Carriage & Wagon works at Rothley with a short local passenger train."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 


Added on Tuesday 29th September...

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Published at 19:40

"A Hall in full flight... 6990 'Witherslack Hall' accelerates away from Quorn & Woodhouse with a southbound passenger train."
Photo © Joe Connell.

 

 

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Published at 17:10

"Generations of motive power on display at Loughborough Central with 37714, 73156, 50017, and the boiler of 63601 all in view."
Photo © Ken Simms.

 

 


Added on Monday 28th September...

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Published at 20:30

"Standard 5 on the move... British Railways Standard Class 5 73156 passes Quorn & Woodhouse with a crew refresher in July 2020."
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 

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Published at 14:20

"A scene of a busy main line at Swithland Sidings as two trains pass, while a diesel railcar waits in the loop."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on Sunday 27th September...

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Published at 13:30

"Ivatt Class 2 46521 steams past Swithland Sidings on the final weekend of passenger train running of September 2020."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 

Today's image 1 of 2
Published at 13:30

"In the morning sunshine, Ivatt Class 2 46521 makes the journey to Quorn & Woodhouse with empty coaching stock for the next passenger train."
Photo © John Smith.

 

 


Added on Saturday 26th September...

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Published at 21:10

"The immense power of a British Railways Standard Class 9F is put to work on a demonstration Travelling Post Office train on the Great Central."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 

Today's image 1 of 2
Published at 11:10

"Stanier Class 8 48305 steams through Quorn & Woodhouse on a mid-September afternoon."
Photo © Ken Simms.

 

 


Added on Friday 25th September...

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Published at 20:50

"Ivatt Class 2 46521 stands at Swithland Sidings, ready to haul a goods train on the next stage of its journey."
Photo © Syd Hancock.

46521 is due to haul three passenger trains each day this weekend 26th and 27th September 2020. To book: www.gcrailway.co.uk/special-events/september-passenger-trains-2020/

 

 

Today's image 1 of 2
Published at 18:40

"Visiting GWR Modified Hall 6960 'Raveningham Hall' creates an impressive scene on departure from Loughborough Central."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on Thursday 24th September...

Today's image 2 of 2
Published at 13:10

"Our new bridge over the Midland Main Line at Loughborough was the first major milestone in our ongoing project to reunite the two halves of the Great Central Railway."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

An online talk on the Reunification project is taking place this Sunday 27th September via Zoom... For details please see https://www.gcrailway.co.uk/unify/

 

 

Today's image 1 of 2
Published at 13:10

"A spirited departure from Quorn & Woodhouse, as Stanier Class 5 45305 'Alderman A.E. Draper' accelerates away from a station stop."
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 


Added on Wednesday 23rd September...

Today's image 3 of 3
Published at 20:50

"A view from the footplate as Driver and Fireman observe the road ahead."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 

Today's image 2 of 3
Published at 19:30

"The South Yorkshireman hurries past Swithland Sidings, hauled by Stanier Class 5 45305."
Photo © John Storer.

 

 

Today's image 1 of 3
Published at 10:30

"An image from the archives, Gresley N2 69523 passes Quorn & Woodhouse Signal Box on 14th November 1987."
Photo © Dennis Wilcock Collection.

 

 


Added on Tuesday 22nd September ...

Today's image 3 of 3
Published at 21:00

"Approaching Leicester North.... British Railways Standard Class 9F 92214 slows on the approach to the GCR's southern terminus."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 

Today's image 2 of 3
Published at 16:20

"Having crossed the newly replaced deck of Bridge 341 and the original Bridge 340, Stanier Class 8 48305 continues towards Loughborough Central."
Photo © John Smith.

 

 

Today's image 1 of 3
Published at 10:00

"GCR Improved Director Class 506 'Butler Henderson' coasts towards Loughborough Central on 8th May 1982." 506 "Butler Henderson" is owned by the National Railway Museum.
Photo © W.R. Squires Collection.

 

 


Added on Monday 21st September ...

Today's image 3 of 3
Published at 20:20

"Standard 5 on the approach... 73156 slows prior to entering Quorn & Woodhouse station with a train for Leicester North."
Photo © Ken Simms.

 

 

Today's image 2 of 3
Published at 18:30

"An afternoon arrival... Stanier Class 8 48305 arrives at Quorn & Woodhouse with a passenger train in September 2020."
Photo © John Smith.

 

 

Today's image 1 of 3
Published at 13:20

"Looking back to early in the preservation era, ex-Norwegian Railways 2-6-0 377 'King Haakon VII' is pictured south of Quorn & Woodhouse with a train for Rothley."
Photo © W.R. Squires Collection.

 

 


Added on Sunday 20th September ...

Today's image 3 of 3
Published at 20:30

"Steam at work... A goods train is hauled out of the sidings to begin its journey, with Stanier Class 8 48624 in charge."
Photo © Ken Simms.

 

 

Today's image 2 of 3
Published at 18:20

"Bright sunshine greets popular Fowler 3F 47406, making a determined departure from Loughborough Central with a local passenger train."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 

Today's image 1 of 3
Published at 13:00

"Steam on a sunny day... Stanier Class 8 48305 approaches Quorn & Woodhouse on a bright September afternoon."
Photo © Joe Connell.

 

 


Added on Saturday 19th September ...

Today's image 3 of 3
Published at 18:20

"Running under clear signals... Stanier Class 5 45305 steams away with a train for Leicester North."
Photo © John Smith.

 

 

Today's image 2 of 3
Published at 16:40

"A meeting of the eras... British Rail Class 37 37714 stands on display, as it would have appeared in the 1990s, while Quorn & Woodhouse Station is presented during the 1940s wartime era."
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 

Today's image 1 of 3
Published at 12:50

"September passenger trains in full swing... Stanier Class 8 48305 awaits departure from Quorn & Woodhouse on 19th September 2020."
Photo © Great Central Railway/AJM

 

 


Added on Friday 18th September...

Today's image 3 of 3
Published at 20:10

"A beautiful sunset brings another week to a close..."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 

Today's image 2 of 3
Published at 17:00

"Returning to base... A train of empty Travelling Post Office stock is hauled by Ivatt Class 2 46521 to prepare for the next cargo of mail."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 

Today's image 1 of 3
Published at 09:00

"Western morning... Visiting GWR Manor Class 7802 'Bradley Manor' pilots 6990 'Witherslack Hall', working a passenger train for Leicester North."
Photo © John Smith.

 

 


Added on Thursday 17th September...

Today's image 3 of 3
Published at 19:20

"A mineral train trundles past Swithland Sidings, with Stanier Class 8 48305 in charge."
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 

Today's image 2 of 3
Published at 14:10

"Another exciting journey gets under way, as Stanier Class 8 48305 steams away from Quorn & Woodhouse."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 

Today's image 1 of 3
Published at 11:10

"Stanier Class 5 5231 stands in Platform 2 at Loughborough Central, and receives attention to the cabside lettering on October 6th 1973."
Photo © W.R. Squires Collection.

 

 


Added on Wednesday 16th September...

Today's image 3 of 3
Published at 20:50

"Visiting D49 62712 'Morayshire' storms through a secluded cutting on the approach to Leicester North."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 

Today's image 2 of 3
Published at 15:30

"On 18th August 1991, Stanier Jubilee 5593 'Kolhapur' runs round at Loughborough Central in preparation for the next departure."
Photo © Dennis Wilcock Collection.

 

 

Today's image 1 of 3
Published at 09:40

"A journey begins from Quorn & Woodhouse... Stanier Class 5 45305 makes a spirited departure with a southbound passenger train."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on Tuesday 15th September...

Today's image 3 of 3
Published at 19:40

"A close-up from the early 1980s shows Thompson B1 1306 'Mayflower' departing from Quorn & Woodhouse."
Photo © Richard Bingham.

 

 

Today's image 2 of 3
Published at 14:20

"In earlier days of preservation, on 8th July 1977, Littleton Number 5 steams south from Loughborough Central towards Quorn & Woodhouse." In the intervening years, double track has been reinstated, and the line has been fully signalled at this location.
Photo © Harper Shaw Collection.

 

 

Today's image 1 of 3
Published at 09:20

"Recreating a scene from the 1960s, work-stained 8F 48624 hauls a coal train along a busy main line."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 


Added on Monday 14th September...

Today's image 3 of 3
Published at 20:20

"A journey by steam train awaits passengers at the next station, as Stanier Class 5 45305 hauls empty coaching stock through the Leicestershire countryside."
Photo © John Smith.

 

 

Today's image 2 of 3
Published at 12:51

"A passing glimpse of a popular visitor... Thompson B1 1264 (running as 1251 'Oliver Bury') hurries south towards Rothley with a passenger train."
Photo © Ken Simms.

 

 

Today's image 1 of 3
Published at 09:20

"Taking strides forward... Locomotive crew refresher trains ran throughout July 2020 in preparation for the resumption of passenger services. British Railways Standard Class 5 73156 was the rostered locomotive on 11th July."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on Sunday 13th September...

Today's image 3 of 3
Published at 20:30

"Steaming through the countryside... Stanier Class 5 45305 'Alderman A.E. Draper' approaches Quorn & Woodhouse during August 2020."
Photo © John Smith.

 

 

Today's image 2 of 3
Published at 17:40

"Branch line excursion... A Metro Cammell diesel railcar joins the Mountsorrel Branch at Swithland Sidings".
Photo © John Storer.

 

 

Today's image 1 of 3
Published at 12:20

"A picturesque scene, with steam on a summer day at the Great Central, with Ivatt Class 2 46521."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on Saturday 12th September...

Today's image 3 of 3
Published at 21:00

"A view from June 2011. Ivatt Class 2 46521 hauls the lunchtime dining train past Swithland Sidings".
Photo © Joe Connell.

 

 

Today's image 2 of 3
Published at 20:00

"While steam takes a short break due to essential bridge works in early September 2020, diesel railcars provide an interesting journey over the southern portion of our line and the Mountsorrel Branch."
Photo © John Smith.

 

There's still time to book tickets for our Railcar Running Day tomorrow 13th September 2020. Trains depart from Rothley and Nunckley Hill (pre-booking required). www.gcrailway.co.uk/special-events/railcar-running-days/

 

 

Today's image 1 of 3
Published at 17:30

"Locomotive variety at Loughborough Central... GWR 2-8-0 3803 takes water in preparation for the next trip. British Railways Standard Class 2 78019 is in the background."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 


Added on Friday 11th September...

Today's image 4 of 4
Published at 19:00

"Goods in motion... A dull day is brightened by GWR Modified Hall 6990 'Witherslack Hall', working a mixed goods train."
Photo © John Bagshaw.

 

 

Today's images 2 & 3 of 4
Published at 14:00

"In March 1982, N2 4744 passes Swithland Sidings in a scene which is barely recognisable today. This location now features a fully signalled double-track main line, two loops, sidings, and a branch line connection."
Photo © Harper Shaw Collection.

 

 

"78018 passes Swithland Sidings with a test train on 22nd May 2020, in the first trains seen on the GCR since mid-March due to the national lockdown."
Photo © Great Central Railway/AJM.

 

 

Today's image 1 of 4
Published at 10:20

"A morning arrival at Leicester North... British Railways Standard Class 9F 92214 glides into the station with a train from Loughborough Central during 2014."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on Thursday 10th September...

Published at 18:20

"On a winter afternoon, Stanier Class 5 45305 hauls a passenger train through Leicestershire under a clear blue sky."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on Wednesday 9th September...

Today's image 3 of 3
Published at 20:30

"In a scene reminiscent of the late 1960s, a Metro Cammell diesel railcar, recently repainted in the blue livery of British Rail, carries passengers on another journey."
Photo © John Smith.

 

 

Today's image 2 of 3
Published at 18:50

"An afternoon local train makes its way through the Leicestershire countryside, with Ivatt Class 2 46521 in charge."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 

Today's image 1 of 3
Published at 14:20

"Making smart progress, Stanier Class 5 45305 'Alderman A.E. Draper' steams towards Quorn & Woodhouse with empty coaching stock for the next timetabled service."
Photo © John Storer.

 


Added on Tuesday 8th September...

Today's image 3 of 3
Published at 20:40

"Night time steam... Stanier Class 5 45305 stands in Platform 2 at Loughborough Central, prior to the full restoration of the station canopy."
Photo © Andy Bennett.

 

 

Today's image 2 of 3
Published at 19:00

"On a sunny November morning, Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0 68067 works a passenger train past Swithland Sidings."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 

Today's image 1 of 3
Published at 12:00

"An Eastern Region goods train makes its way along a busy main line... Visiting J15 65462 is pictured just south of Quorn & Woodhouse back in 2004."
Photo © Syd Hancock.

 

 


Added on Monday 7th September...

Today's image 2 of 2Published at 15:00

"Looking back to 1975, 6990 'Witherslack Hall' stands without tender at Loughborough Central prior to restoration."
Photo © W.R. Squires Collection.

 

 

Today's image 1 of 3
Published at 10:20

"Mixed-traffic work for a Hall... Visiting GWR Modified Hall 6960 'Raveningham Hall' hauls a mixed goods train during a visit to the Great Central in early 2015."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on Sunday 6th September...

Today's image 3 of 3
Published at 19:20

"Lights shine brightly outside Loughborough Locomotive Works. Southern Railway King Arthur Class 777 'Sir Lamiel' stands with Stanier Class 8 48624 after a busy day of work."
777 'Sir Lamiel' appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 

Today's image 2 of 3
Published at 13:20

"Back in 2011, Stanier Class 8 8624 appeared in an LMS Crimson Lake livery for a time. The popular loco is seen here at Loughborough Central."
Photo © Joe Connell.

 

 

Today's image 1 of 3
Published at 11:00

"A diesel railcar returns from Leicester North, bound for Nunckley Hill, as the Great Central Railway runs a service over the southern section of the line and the Mountsorrel Branch during bridge works".
Photo © John Smith.

 

 


Added on Saturday 5th September...

Today's image 2 of 2
Published at 20:40

"An evening scene at Loughborough Central as visiting GWR 2-8-0 3850 is stabled after busy day of work".
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 

Today's image 1 of 2
Published at 18:00

"A fine display of motive power at Loughborough Central, as Stanier Class 5 45305 departs with the 'Master Cutler' while Britannia Pacific 70013 'Oliver Cromwell' waits in the siding with stock for the next departure." 70013 'Oliver Cromwell' appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Photo © Syd Hancock.

 

 


Added on Friday 4th September...

Today's image 2 of 2
Published at 19:30

"As the bright sunlight casts a shadow through the trees, 73156 powers away towards Quorn & Woodhouse."
Photo © John Smith.

 

 

Today's image 1 of 2
Published at 11:20

"A popular member of the fleet... Fowler 3F 47406 is seen running light-engine, just south of Loughborough Central." 47406 has now been withdrawn for overhaul, but will return to steam at the Great Central.
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on Thursday 3rd September...

Today's image 2 of 2
Published at 19:20

"Standard 5 power... British Railways Standard Class 5 73156 (appearing as 73084) recreates a scene from the past, hauling an up semi-fast passenger train)."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 

Today's image 1 of 2
Published at 10:40

"Guidance from a voice of experience... GWR Small Prairie 5542 receives attention on shed at Loughborough back in 2011."
Photo © Joe Connell

 

 


Added on Wednesday 2nd September...

Today's image 2 of 2
Published at 18:50

"Visiting GWR Manor 7820 'Dinmore Manor' departs from Quorn & Woodhouse, carrying the headboard of the Pembroke Coast Express".
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 

Today's image 1 of 2
Published at 10:20

"Visiting British Railways Standard Class 4 2-6-0 76084 steams through the cutting south of Loughborough Central on a damp day in 2014".
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on Tuesday 1st September...

Today's image 2 of 2
Published at 20:30

"A gloomy day offers no shortage of atmosphere as British Railways Standard Class 5 73156 and visiting West Country Light Pacific 34092 'City of Wells' accelerate away".
Photo © Ken Simms.

 

 

Today's image 1 of 2
Published at 12:40

"A popular favourite... Fowler 3F 47406 is seen at Swithland Sidings with a five-coach train for Leicester North".
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 


 

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