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.

Passenger trains have now returned, but we will 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 20th April 2021...

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"A class known for a having a good turn of speed in their day, British Railways Standard Class 5 73156, appearing as 76084 for a special event, powers away from Loughborough Central in October 2017."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on 19th April 2021...

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Published at 19:40

"Rolling stock receives attention at our Carriage & Wagon works at Rothley, as we work towards re-introducing more train services in the coming weeks and months."
Photo © GCR Carriage & Wagon.

 

 

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Published at 18:20

"A dramatic atmosphere for Southern Railway Schools Class 926 'Repton', thundering past the mail exchange apparatus at Quorn & Woodhouse in October 2019."
Photo © Ken Simms.

 

 


Added on 18th April 2021...

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"Thank you to everyone who visited during our first weekend of passenger train running in 2021. It's good to be back!
British Railways Standard Class 9F 92214 was in steam this weekend, seen here enjoying the sunshine to the south of Rothley."

Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 

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Published at 10:40

"A triumphant return... In the bright sunshine of Saturday 17th April 2021, British Railways Standard Class 9F 92214 hauls empty coaching stock towards Quorn & Woodhouse to form the next passenger train, on the first day of running since the relaxation of national coronavirus restrictions.
Photo © John Smith.

 

 


Added on 16th April 2021...

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"We're ready to go!
A warming fire has been lit in the firebox of British Railways Standard Class 9F 92214 ahead of the return of passenger trains this weekend, 17th and 18th April 2021."
Photo © AJM.

 


Added on 15th April 2021...

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"We will continue to publish many photographs from the past for your enjoyment, but it's a real pleasure to post images from the present once again... 9F 92214 is seen here arriving at Rothley earlier this week, ahead of passenger trains returning this Saturday 17th April 2021."
Photo © AJM.

 

 


Added on 14th April 2021...

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"A scene which returns very soon... British Railways Standard Class 9F 92214 departs from Quorn & Woodhouse with a passenger train, and is due to be in steam this weekend 17th and 18th April 2021."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on 13th April 2021...

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"The words of a famous Southern Railway poster 'Summer comes soonist in the south' did not inspire the weather on this particular day, but King Arthur Class 777 'Sir Lamiel' looks no less impressive, despite the overcast conditions."
777 "Sir Lamiel" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 


Added on 12th April 2021...

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"Passing trains on the preserved Great Central main line... Stanier Class 8 48624 works a northbound mineral train while British Railways Standard Class 5 73156 powers southwards with a passenger train."
Photo © John Smith.

 

 


Added on 11th April 2021...

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"GWR Modified Hall 6990 'Witherslack Hall' steams along the long straight section to the south of Quorn & Woodhouse with a crew refresher train, ahead of the return of passenger trains from 17th April 2021."
Photo © AJM.

 

 


Added on 10th April 2021...

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"A fine scene is created by the impressive King Arthur Class 777 'Sir Lamiel', appearing in the Malachite green livery of the Southern Railway, seen departing from Loughborough Central in May 2014." 777 "Sir Lamiel" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on 8th April 2021...

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"Afternoon mixed freight... British Railways Standard Class 9F 92214 thunders towards Quorn & Woodhouse with a fitted van train."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on 7th April 2021...

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"A Somerset & Dorset motive power theme, with 7F 53808 working a mixed freight train on a sunny afternoon in Leicestershire during 2016."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on 6th April 2021...

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"The overcast conditions do nothing to diminish the drama as British Railways Standard Class 2 78019 powers south from Loughborough with a freight train, back in April 2004."
Photo © Syd Hancock.

 

 


Added on 5th April 2021...

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"Steaming away from Leicester North in the morning sunshine... British Railways Standard Class 2 78018 hauls a northbound passenger train in October 2020."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 

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Published at 18:50

Passenger trains return to the Great Central Railway from Saturday 17th April 2021. We look forward to welcoming you back to the railway very soon!

A different image for the daily gallery, looking forward to the views from our trains when are soon to return:

"Passenger trains return to the Great Central Railway from Saturday 17th April 2021. We look forward to welcoming you back to the railway very soon!"
Image © GCR/AJM.

 

 


Added on 4th April 2021...

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"Freight locomotives familiar in LMS territory recreate a scene from the early 1960s, on the preserved Great Central Railway... Visiting LNWR G2 Class 49395 passes resident LMS Stanier Class 8 48305 in early 2007."
Photo © John Smith.

 

 

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Published at 18:30

"Birdsong, sunshine, and the arrival of a steam locomotive... The perfect start to this weekend." Only two weeks to go until passenger trains return on 17th April 2021.
Photo © AJM.

 

 


Added on 3rd April 2021...

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"Steam returns to the Leicestershire countryside as GWR Modified Hall 6990 'Witherslack Hall' powers away from Loughborough Central with a crew refresher train."
Photo © Joe Connell.

 

 


Added on 2nd April 2021...

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The Great Central Railway has received a grant of £515,700 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen.
Nearly £400 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including GCR in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.
For more details, please see: www.gcrailway.co.uk/2021/04/culture-recovery-fund-award

Photo of 73156 © Roy Harris.

 

 


Added on 1st April 2021...

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Published at 19:40

"A local train awaits departure from a busy platform at Loughborough Central with Fowler 3F 47406 in charge, back in December 2019."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 


Added on 31st March 2021...

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"Steaming through the Leicestershire countryside, Ivatt Class 2 46521 works a train of empty coaching stock between Loughborough and Quorn & Woodhouse".
Photo © John Smith.

 

 


Added on 30th March 2021...

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"On a bright afternoon in 2017, British Railways Standard Class 9F 92214 steams along the straight section, south of Quorn & Woodhouse with a train for Leicester North."
Photo © John Bagshaw.

 

 


Added on 28th March 2021...

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"Arrival of the Class 5 4-6-0s... Stanier Class 5 45305 of the 1940s and British Railways Standard Class 5 73156 of the 1950s arrive at Swithland Sidings with a fitted van train."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 


Added on 27th March 2021...

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Published at 19:30

"The railway never sleeps... Volunteers from our Signal & Telegraph department are carrying out important works this evening to ensure that we are ready for the return of passenger trains."We look forward to welcoming passengers back to the railway from 17th April 2021.
Photo © AJM.

 

 

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Published at 14:40

"Brighter days are ahead, and scenes like these will soon return to the Leicestershire countryside... 9F 92214 'Leicester City' powers away from Loughborough Central, back in May 2019."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on 26th March 2021...

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"The ever-popular Southern Railway King Arthur Class 777 'Sir Lamiel' departs from Platform 2 at Loughborough Central in January 2014."
Sir Lamiel appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 


Added on 25th March 2021...

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"Mixed traffic work with a Great Western Railway theme... Visiting GWR Hall 4953 'Pitchford Hall' works a train of mineral wagons past Swithland Sidings in early 2020."
Photo © John Smith.

 

 


Added on 24th March 2021...

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Published at 19:15

"Delivering the mail... Visiting British Railways Standard Class 4 76084 accelerates away from Loughborough Central and on to the long straight section towards Quorn & Woodhouse, in October 2014."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

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Published at 14:50

"The Signalman at Swithland Sidings has a superb view of proceedings from the signal box, which will once again see passenger trains passing by from 17th April 2021."
Photo © AJM.

 

 

 

 


Added on 23rd March 2021...

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"A journey of a King... Visiting GWR King Class 6023 'King Edward II' recreates the early days of the British Railways era with a southbound express."
Photo © David Putt.

 

 


Added on 22nd March 2021...

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Published at 18:40

"Always a popular locomotive, Britannia Pacific 70013 'Oliver Cromwell' steams impressively away from Loughborough Central in November 2018." 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Photo © John Bagshaw.

 

 


Added on 21st March 2021...

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Published at 20:30

"The return of passenger trains was eagerly awaited last summer, and it was BR Standard Class 2 78018 which made the first journey along the line by a steam loco since the beginning of lockdown, while out on test on 22nd May 2020."
Photo © AJM.

 

 

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"Daffodils create a springtime scene at Rothley, and reasons for optimism... Regular security checks will soon be replaced by the welcome return of visitors and passenger trains to the GCR from 17th April 2021." We look forward to welcoming you back to the railway soon.
Photo © AJM.

 

 


Added on 20th March 2021...

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"Evening time on shed with visiting LNER B12 8572 standing beside British Railways Standard Class 2 78018 after a busy day in 2018."
Photo © William Peckham.

 

 

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"A fine scene from October 2018 as visiting Southern Railway West Country Class 34092 'City of Wells' steams away from Rothley, passing British Railways Standard Class 5 73156 which simmers quietly while awaiting the next duty."
Photo © Joe Connell.

 

 


Added on 19th March 2021...

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"Much to look forward to... Passenger trains will be returning to our stations soon, with locomotives such as BR Standard Class 5 73156 and Stanier Class 8 48305 seen here, among those returning to action."
Photo © GCR/AJM.

 

 


Added on 18th March 2021...

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Published at 18:20

"The impressive sight of British Railways Standard Class 9F 92214 (appearing as 92220 'Evening Star' for a special event), is photographed while powering away from Loughborough Central."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 

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Published at 13:50

"A train arrives at Rothley on a bright morning in July 2020, hauled by British Railways Standard Class 5 73156."
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 


Added on 17th March 2021...

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"The impressive sight of a steam locomotive at work... Stanier Class 8 48624 works a mineral train past Swithland Sidings in February 2018."
Photo © John Smith.

 

 


Added on 16th March 2021...

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Published at 13:10

"We'll be back soon... British Railways Standard Class 5 73156 approaches Rothley with a passenger train in October 2019." Passenger trains will return to the GCR from 17th April 2021.
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 


Added on 15th March 2021...

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"Forward with optimism... Resident GWR Modified Hall 6990 'Witherslack Hall' steams towards Quorn & Woodhouse with empty coaching stock to form the next passenger train of the day, during October 2020."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on 14th March 2021...

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Published at 19:00

"A visitor from the London & North Eastern Railway, Thompson B1 1264 (appearing as 1251 'Oliver Bury') steams away from Loughborough Central with a fitted van train."
Photo © John Bagshaw.

 

 


Added on 13th March 2021...

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"A Great Western Railway visitor... Small Prairie Class 5526 arrives at Rothley with companion Autocoach for push-pull working, in January 2011."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 


Added on 12th March 2021...

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"Tank engines in charge... Fowler 3F 47406 and visiting British Railways Standard Class 4 80136 steam impressively past Swithland Sidings in May 2017."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on 11th March 2021...

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Published at 18:50

"Fine locomotives wait at Loughborough Central... Ivatt Class 2 46521 and visiting British Railways Standard Class 4 76084 enjoy a brief pause before the next duty in October 2014."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 


Added on 10th March 2021...

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"An atmospheric departure as visiting British Railways Standard Class 9F 92212 powers away from Loughborough Central in June 2015".
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 


Added on 9th March 2021...

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"Passengers enjoy the spectacle as Stanier Class 8 48305 draws their train into the platform at Quorn & Woodhouse.... a scene which will return from 17th April 2021."
Photo © John Smith.

 

 


Added on 8th March 2021...

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Published at 21:00

"Diesel hydraulic traction from the Western Region of British Railways visits the East Midlands in the form of Warship D821 'Greyhound', pictured here in September 2019, with Stanier Class 8 48305 in the background."
Photo © Ian Morley.

 

 

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Published at 20:00

"A Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway theme recreated on the Great Central, as visiting former S&D 7F 2-8-0 number 53808 steams away from Loughborough Central with a mineral train in May 2016."
Photo © John Bagshaw.

 

 


Added on 7th March 2021...

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Published at 19:50

"A locomotive's first movements under its own power for half a century, as restoration from scrapyard condition drew closer to completion...
British Railways Standard Class 2 78018, seen here in 2016, has since become a regular member of the GCR fleet."

Photo © Joe Connell.

 

 

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Published at 15:20

"A busy afternoon at Loughborough Central in October 2015 sees Southern Railway King Arthur Class 777 'Sir Lamiel' departing for Leicester North, while Ivatt Class 2 46521 awaits the next duty in the background." "Sir Lamiel" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 

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Published at 12:30

"One year ago, Stanier Class 8 48305 proceeds along the Down Loop at Loughborough Central, during our penultimate weekend of running, before the introduction of national Coronavirus restrictions. Twelve months on, we're looking forward to the return of passenger trains from 17th April 2021. Tickets will go on sale soon."
Photo © Andrew Morley.

 

 


Added on 6th March 2021...

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"A popular visitor from the LNER... K1 62005 accelerates away from Quorn & Woodhouse with a passenger train for Leicester North in January 2020."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 

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Published at 18:50

"Mixed freight with O4 63601 approaching Quorn & Woodhouse... This locomotive was originally built at Gorton works by the Great Central Railway, entering service in 1912 as GCR 8K Class, number 102."
63601 appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum, and is currently being overhauled at Loughborough.
Photo © Richard Bingham.

 

 

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Published at 13:50

"All clear for the express. Britannia Pacific 70013 'Oliver Cromwell' hauls 'The South Yorkshireman' on a pleasant afternoon in May 2008." Oliver Cromwell appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on 5th March 2021...

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Published at 20:30

"A view from the patio, as visiting British Railways Standard Class 9F 92212 arrives at Quorn & Woodhouse station in 2015."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 

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Published at 19:10

"Often away from the limelight, a fleet of Permanent Way vehicles play a vital role in keeping the railway running... Today at Rothley, eight 'Dogfish' ballast hopper wagons have been delivered to our Carriage & Wagon works for maintenance, along with a 'Shark' ballast plough brake van, for some TLC."
Photo © Andrew Morley.

 

 


Added on 4th March 2021...

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"The camera captures interesting lighting effects in the cutting north of Rothley Station, as British Railways Standard Class 2 78018 departs with a local passenger train."
Photo © Ken Simms.

 

 

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Published at 19:00

"A branch line special with two dependable 0-6-0 tank engines... 68067 and 47406 are signalled into the Down Loop at Swithland Sidings."
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 

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Published at 14:00

"Preparations are continuing for the return of passenger trains from 17th April 2021. This tamping machine has been carrying out work on track just north of Quorn & Woodhouse in the area of Bridge 341, which received a replacement deck in 2020."
Photo © Andrew Morley.

 

 


Added on 3rd March 2021...

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"A passenger train turn for British Railways Standard Class 9F 92214, steaming away from Quorn & Woodhouse on a July morning in 2020."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 

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Published at 19:10

"A Class 769 multiple unit on the left of the picture betrays the modern era, as visiting GWR Manor Class 7802 'Bradley Manor' creates a picturesque scene at Swithland Sidings during 2019."
Photo © John Bagshaw.

 

 


Added on 2nd March 2021...

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"Ivatt Class 2 46521 is running under clear signals, passing Swithland Sidings on a bright September morning in 2018."
Photo © Andrew Morley.

 

 

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"A visiting Class 4 powers along the line... Ivatt Class 4 2-6-0 number 43106 makes progress through a cutting on the outskirts of Loughborough, during a popular visit in June 2015."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on 1st March 2021...

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"A popular visitor of London Midland and Scottish Railway origin... Hughes Crab 13065 prepares for duty during a visit to the Great Central in January 2018."
Photo © Graham Wignall.

 

 

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Published at 19:15

"The power of steam on show... Britannia Pacific 70013 'Oliver Cromwell' accelerates away from Loughborough Central with a train for Leicester North."
"Oliver Cromwell" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum, and is currently under overhaul at the GCR ahead of a return to steam.
Photo © Ken Simms.

 

 

Added on 28th February 2021...

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"Southern freight with West Country Class 34039 'Boscastle', seen here at Swithland Sidings during the 1990s."
"Boscastle" is currently being overhauled and will return to steam at the Great Central.
Photo © Richard Bingham.

 

 

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Published at 18:30

"No shortage of steam on arrival at Leicester North... Stanier Class 5 45305 has arrived at the GCR's southern terminus in the sunshine of a January afternoon in 2011."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 

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Published at 13:20

Congratulations to our Chief Engineer, Craig Stinchcombe, who celebrated 30 years service at the GCR this week.
Craig is pictured here at the beginning of his career alongside GCR stalwart Alen Grice, in front of GCR Improved Director Class 4-4-0 "Butler Henderson".

 

 


Added on 27th February 2021...

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"An evening steam scene, as a GWR Small Prairie works a short local train, near to Quorn & Woodhouse."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 

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Published at 18:50

"Peak Type 4 D123 passes Swithland Sidings with a southbound passenger train in early 2019."
Did you know that this loco also participates in testing at up to 75mph on the GCR?
We are authorised to operate trains for testing purposes at high speeds over our preserved main line, at times when there are no public train services operating.
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 

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Published at 14:20

"Soon to return... Heritage passenger trains will once again run through the beautiful Charnwood countryside from mid-April 2021 as national restrictions are eased. We're looking forward to welcoming you back to the railway soon!"
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on 26th February 2021...

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"Completing the run-round manoeuvre, Stanier Class 8 48624 eases towards coaching stock at Leicester North before returning to Loughborough Central."
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 

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"A visitor from the LMS... Fowler 4F 44422 approaches Quorn & Woodhouse with a short train of mineral wagons, back in January 2008."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on 25th February 2021...

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"Visitor at work... Southern Railway West Country Class 34092 'City of Wells' makes progress towards Quorn & Woodhouse in October 2018."
Photo © John Bagshaw.

 

 


Added on 24th February 2021...

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Published at 20:45

"A morning arrival at Rothley, and a passenger train turn for British Railways Standard Class 9F 92214 in May 2019."
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 

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"Our popular gala events will return as national restrictions are relaxed through the year. Our Autumn Steam Gala will return from 30th September to 3rd October 2021."
More event announcements will follow soon!
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on 23rd February 2021...

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"Ivatt Class 2 46521 arrives at Rothley with a passenger train, including an interesting assortment of additional vehicles in a recreation of the regular parcels traffic carried by train in days gone by."
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 

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Published at 19:00

"The sight of visiting GWR Manor 7802 'Bradley Manor' brightens a February afternoon in 2019."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on 22nd February 2021...

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"Vital works are continuing around the railway ahead of the return of passenger trains. Today 22nd February 2021 saw the return of the west parapet of Bridge 341. The original lattice parapet has now been secured in place on the new bridge deck which was installed last year."
Photo © AJM.

 

 

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"Reasons for optimism... With a roadmap for the country's exit from lockdown now announced, we are looking forward to publishing details of the return of passenger trains in the coming days."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on 21st February 2021...

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"With headlamp shining brightly, 70013 'Oliver Cromwell' departs from Quorn & Woodhouse in the early evening light." 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Photo © Ken Simms.

 

 

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Published at 18:00

"A journey into the afternoon sunshine for Fowler 3F 47406, working the lunchtime dining train up the 1-in-176 incline out of Rothley in January 2018."
Photo © John Bagshaw.

 

 

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"The sight of a steam locomotive hauling a passenger train will return to the Charnwood countryside! We're monitoring the situation very closely and are looking forward to announcing details of our return when national lockdown restrictions allow." Visiting B12 8572 was a fine example of a popular guest locomotive, seen here at Swithland Sidings in February 2018.
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on 20th February 2021...

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"Steam on a preserved main line... Stanier Class 5 45305 steams past Swithland Sidings with a passenger train for Leicester North."
Photo © Ken Simms.

 

 

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Published at 19:10

"Southern steam at Quorn & Woodhouse as visiting West Country Light Pacific 34092 'City of Wells' makes a spirited departure."
Photo © Scott Mattock.

 

 

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Published at 12:20

"Back in April 2015, visiting GWR Hall 6960 'Raveningham Hall' accelerates away from Loughborough Central, complete with coaches painted in the chocolate and cream livery of the GWR and later, BR's Western Region."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on 19th February 2021...

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"A reliable performer, British Railways Standard Class 2 78019 works the lunchtime dining train on a bright afternoon in 2014, with N2 1744 also visible at the rear of the train."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 

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Published at 19:00

"Much activity at Quorn and Woodhouse in December 2020 as Stanier Class 8 48305 departs with a train for Leicester North."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on 18th February 2021...

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"During the 1980s, Thompson B1 1306 'Mayflower' was a regular sight on the preserved Great Central Railway, and is seen here departing with a train for Rothley."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 

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Published at 14:10

"Important works continue behind the scenes... Class 37/7 37714 (built in 1961 as D6724) completes some essential shunting movements to facilitate vehicle maintenance work on 1st February 2021."
Photo © Aidan Staples.

 

 


Added on 17th February 2021...

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"Recreating the experience... Goods vehicles play a vital role as we recreate the experience of a busy main line in days gone by. Here we see Stanier Class 8 48624 hauling a van train which has been beautifully restored by volunteers."
Photo © S. Mattock.

 

 

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Published at 17:30

"Western express... Visiting GWR Hall 4953 'Pitchford Hall' approaches Swithland Viaduct on a pleasant afternoon in February 2020."
Photo © John Smith.

 

 


Added on 16th February 2021...

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"Railways at work... GWR Large Prairie 5199 pauses in the siding with a short van train, while goods are loaded for the onward journey from a lorry."
Photo © David Putt.

 

 

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Published at 19:20

"Product of Swindon Works... British Railways Standard Class 9F 92214 (running as 92220 'Evening Star' for a special event) is pictured while working the afternoon dining train at Swithland Sidings, heading for Rothley in June 2015."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on 15th February 2021...

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"Greyhound at Swithland Sidings... Visiting T9 30120 proceeds elegantly towards Rothley in October 2019." 30120 appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 

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Published at 18:00

"The resident of an adjacent field seems uninterested in the impressive sight of visiting GWR 1500 Class number 1501, steaming south towards Quorn & Woodhouse."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on 14th February 2021...

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Published at 19:00

"Spring optimism... With news due soon on the country's route out of lockdown, we're looking forward to running passenger trains again as soon as the situation allows. In the meantime, we'll continue to post a selection of archive images each day for your enjoyment."
Please stay safe.

Photo © Graham Wignall.

 

 

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Published at 15:00

"The headcode tells the story... With one lamp displayed on the top-centre bracket, Fowler 3F 47406 departs from Loughborough Central, with steam exhaust momentarily concealing the coaches of this southbound passenger train."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 

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"The colour red for Valentine's Day... Travelling Post Office trains would have carried many Valentine's messages in the days when mail was moved by train and exchanged on the move."
A TV feature about the Travelling Post Office once allowed a reporter to post a card on the evening of February 13th and end with the words: "This loving message I have sent is on its way by mail. The words inside sincerely meant, I love you British Rail".
Photo © GCR.

 

 


Added on 13th February 2021...

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"Four trains at Swithland Sidings, as two passenger trains pass on the main line, and others wait in each of the two loops."
Modern technology has proved to be very helpful during lockdown, and some of our volunteers have been participating from their homes in an online Mutual Improvement Class this weekend, using video conferencing to discuss the detailed signalling arrangements at Swithland Sidings.
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 

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"An early autumn day at Leicester North... Passengers look on, while 6990 'Witherslack Hall' runs round the train before returning to Loughborough."
Photo © Kieren Cross.

 

 

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"Heading north... British Railways Standard Class 5 73156 accelerates away from Rothley on a bright July morning in 2020."
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 


Added on 12th February 2021...

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"Heading for home... At the end of a busy gala day, 9F 92214 and 6990 'Witherslack Hall' complete the final moves to stable rolling stock at Swithland Sidings before returning to Loughborough."
Photo © Ken Simms.

 

 

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"British Railways 9F 92214 creates an impressive scene while steaming away from Loughborough Central in January 2019."
92214 was also in action earlier today, as we continue vital maintenance works. The loco completed a number of test journeys following attention to the superheater elements, and also called at our Carriage & Wagon works to allow steam heating tests to be completed on two vehicles there.
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on 11th February 2021...

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"In a scene which has changed a great deal since, GWR 2-6-2T 6106 steams south from Loughborough Central towards Quorn & Woodhouse before the reinstatement of double-track."
Photo © Syd Hancock.

 

 

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"Bulleid Light Pacific 34039 'Boscastle' pulls away from Rothley towards Leicester North in the 1990s, during the locomotive's first period of operation after restoration from scrapyard condition."
'Boscastle' is currently being overhauled and will return to steam once again at the Great Central Railway.
Photo © Horace Gamble.

 

 


Added on 10th February 2021...

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"A prototypically grimy British Railways Standard Class 9F 92214 brings historical authenticity to this image, hauling empty coaching stock from the Up Through Siding at Loughborough Central."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 

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"With wintry scenes in Leicestershire today, we look back to similar conditions in 2013, as Southern Railway King Arthur Class 777 'Sir Lamiel' powers away from Loughborough Central."
777 appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum, and is currently being overhauled at the GCR.
Photo © John Smith.

 

 


Added on 9th February 2021...

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"With power and style, Britannia Pacific 70013 'Oliver Cromwell' steams through the Leicestershire countryside with a southbound passenger train."
"Oliver Cromwell" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum. The locomotive is currently being overhauled and will return to steam at the GCR.
Photo © Ken Simms.

 

 

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"A light-hearted moment during difficult times... Resident Metro Cammell diesel railcar 'Daisy' waits at Rothley during a Mountsorrel branch running weekend in August 2020".
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 


Added on 8th February 2021...

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"A busy afternoon at Loughborough Central as GWR Modified Hall 6990 'Witherslack Hall' passes the waiting Stanier Class 8 48624 while departing with a southbound passenger train." We're also answering a friendly challenge from a volunteer to run a "Point Machine Monday" in our daily posts, with five machines visible here.
Photo © AJM.

 

 

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"Branch line running... The Guard operates the ground frame after his train has joined the Mountsorrel Branch at the north end of Swithland Sidings." The ground frame in the photograph has since been superseded, following the completion of resignalling works at Swithland Sidings by our Signal & Telegraph department, with the signalling apparatus required to enter and exit the branch now controlled directly from the signal box.
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on 7th February 2021...

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"The Driver attaches headcode discs to visiting T9 30120 prior to the loco's next departure from Loughborough Central". 30120 appeared courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 

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"Modern era preservation... BR Class 50 50017 'Royal Oak' traverses the points at the south end of Loughborough Central while running round its train."
Photo © Steven Havers.

 

 

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"2-8-0s from the GWR and LMS complete the scene at Swithland Sidings during our 2013 Winter Steam Gala".
Photo © Andrew Royle.

 

 


Added on 6th February 2021...

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"The Driver looks ahead as British Railways Standard Class 2 78018 works a southbound passenger train past Swithland Sidings in October 2019."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 

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"Looking back to 2003, GWR Large Prairie 4141 arrives at a busy Rothley during a steam gala event."
Photo © Richard Bingham.

 

 

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Would you like to learn more about 34039 "Boscastle" and the latest on its overhaul?
We're running an online talk on Sunday 7th February 2021 via Zoom, and are asking for donations which will be shared between our Reunification appeal and the Boscastle fund.
To book your place: www.gcrailway.co.uk/unify

Photo © loose_grip_99

 

 


Added on 5th February 2021...

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"Stanier power with Class 5 45305 'Alderman A.E. Draper' pictured while steaming away from Quorn & Woodhouse in August 2020."
Photo © John Smith.

 

 

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"The early morning sunlight illuminates a passing express, with Britannia Pacific 70013 'Oliver Cromwell' in charge."
"Oliver Cromwell" is currently being overhauled and will steam again at the Great Central. The loco appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Photo © John Bagshaw.

 

 


Added on 4th February 2021...

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"An atmospheric evening on shed, as 5224 rests after a day of work in the mid 1980s."
Photo © Graham Wignall.

 

 

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"Powerful GWR 2-8-0T 5224 steams through the cutting south of Bridge 337 at Loughborough during the summer of 1985."
Photo © Syd Hancock.

 

 


Added on 3rd February 2021...

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"Vans approaching... British Railways Standard Class 2 78018 arrives at Quorn and Woodhouse with a fitted van train, while a diesel railcar heads north."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 

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"The Hall steams into the afternoon sunshine... Resident GWR Modified Hall 6990 'Witherslack Hall' departs from Platform 2 at Loughborough Central with a train for Leicester North."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on 2nd February 2021...

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"Preparing for the return journey... Visiting GWR Manor 7802 'Bradley Manor' runs round a train at Leicester North, prior to returning to Loughborough Central."
Photo © Ken Simms.

 

 

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"Southern steam on the Great Central... Visiting Bulleid Light Pacific 34092 'City of Wells' thunders past with a passenger train, passing a southbound local train on the opposite line".
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 


Added on 1st February 2021...

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"British Railways Standard Class 9F 92214 (appearing here as 92220 'Evening Star' for a special commemoration), works a goods train past Swithland Sidings, passing a first generation Metro Cammell diesel railcar".
Photo © John Smith.

 

 

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The team in our Carriage & Wagon works have been busy working on the refurbishment of our Inspection Saloon 999503 which provides ideal accommodation for small private functions. We think it looks superb, and are looking forward to seeing this popular vehicle back in service later this year.
Photographs © GCR

 

 

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"Despite the lack of passenger trains due to the present national restrictions, essential works trains and maintenance are continuing behind the scenes to ensure that we're ready to reopen for visitors when the time comes."
Photo © AJM.

 

 


 

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