Community Membership – Friends of the Great Central Main Line

FoGCML Community membership

The Friends of the Great Central Main Line (FoGCML) is the railway’s membership organisation, with over 4500 individual and family members. It is vital in running, supporting and developing the railway.

Now we want organisations to become our Friends too.

Community Membership aims to help local, and larger, businesses and community organisations to show their support, and to benefit from being associated with the railway.

We believe that working effectively with local, and national organisations as partners is essential for our shared future success in heritage, tourism, travel, education, and conservation.

This is your invitation to join us.


Who can become a Community Member?

Any organisation can join, including:

  • Businesses: retail, hospitality, tourism, travel, manufacturing, professional, services, suppliers to the railway.
  • Education: from early years, schools, colleges, and universities.
  • Public organisations: local authorities, health and wellbeing, heritage, charities and churches.  Community and voluntary groups: for young people, mature citizens, special interest and all disadvantaged groups.


Benefits of Community Membership

Benefits for Community Members include:

  • Colour printed plaque to promote your connection with the railway
  • Use the membership icon on your advertising, marketing media, stationery and website.
  • Invitation to annual Community Membership social event, to find out about the GCR plans for the year ahead.
  • Community Members receive two £7 travel vouchers annually.
  • Pre-book discounted travel and charter rates for groups of 15 or more on GCR trains and events.
  • Access to promotion and sponsorship opportunities, such as hiring display space.
  • Offer ‘volunteering experience’ events to employees/students/members by prior arrangement with the GCR.
  • Receive the ‘RailMail’ and ‘Totally Chuffed’ email newsletters.
  • Receive railway promotional leaflets and display stand, if required.
  • Four copies per year of the award-winning magazine Main Line.

How to join as a Community Member

The Community Membership annual membership fee is:

  • Special rate for micro-businesses, and not-for-profit, voluntary and community organisations employing up to 9 people (or equivalent as full-time employees): £35 per year
  • Full rate Community Membership for all organisations employing 10 or more people: £80 per year

If you would like to join, please telephone 01509 232338 or download and return the form below and we will contact you:

FoGCML Community Membership application form

Our next running day

Passenger trains have now returned to the GCR, running every Saturday and Sunday, and on selected weekdays.

Pre-booking is required at present, to ensure social distancing onboard trains.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the railway as we progressively return to normal operation, as the national situation improves.

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