Daily Image Gallery – December 2020

We were delighted to be granted approval to run our festive season train services with Santa Express and Winter Wonderlights both proving very popular... It was wonderful to see passengers enjoying their journey by train, despite the restrictions.

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Added on 30th December 2020...

"Although our passenger trains have temporarily fallen silent, they will return, and we are looking forward to offering regular train services, and a programme of special events as the situation improves during 2021." In the meantime, we will continue to bring regular images of the past, and news of future train running and events on our website and official social media channels. - Photo © Barry Lewis.

"Although our passenger trains have temporarily fallen silent, they will return, and we are looking forward to offering regular train services, and a programme of special events as the situation improves during 2021." In the meantime, we will continue to bring regular images of the past, and news of future train running and events on our website and official social media channels.
Photo © Barry Lewis.

"December has been a busy month at the Great Central, and during the festive season our Santa Express and Winter Wonderlights trains brought joy to many, ourselves included, at the end of a difficult year." - Photo © John Storer.

"December has been a busy month at the Great Central, and during the festive season our Santa Express and Winter Wonderlights trains brought joy to many, ourselves included, at the end of a difficult year."
Photo © John Storer.

 

 


Added on 29th December 2020...

"Steam locomotives create an atmosphere all of their own... The Fireman looks back and awaits the 'right away' from the Guard as the train prepares to depart." - Photo © John Bagshaw.

"Steam locomotives create an atmosphere all of their own... The Fireman looks back and awaits the 'right away' from the Guard as the train prepares to depart."
Photo © John Bagshaw.

"A scene to look forward to... Although our passenger trains are taking a temporary break until the new year 2021, an image of a steam locomotive at work brings optimism and anticipation of a better year ahead." - Photo © Joe Connell.

"A scene to look forward to... Although our passenger trains are taking a temporary break until the new year 2021, an image of a steam locomotive at work brings optimism and anticipation of a better year ahead."
Photo © Joe Connell.

 

 


Added on 28th December 2020...

"Ready for the day ahead... Stanier Class 5 45305 'Alderman A.E. Draper' stands ready for duty on 28th December 2020." - Photo © GCR/AJM.

"Ready for the day ahead... Stanier Class 5 45305 'Alderman A.E. Draper' stands ready for duty on 28th December 2020."
Photo © GCR/AJM.

 


Added on 27th December 2020...

"The beginning of another enjoyable journey... Stanier Class 5 45305 steams away from Loughborough Central with the first departure of the day on Sunday 27th December 2020." - Photo © GCR/AJM.

"The beginning of another enjoyable journey... Stanier Class 5 45305 steams away from Loughborough Central with the first departure of the day on Sunday 27th December 2020."
Photo © GCR/AJM.

 

 


Added on Boxing Day, 26th December 2020...

"A festive transformation... The Winter Wonderlights train passes through Rothley Station just before Christmas 2020." - Photo © GCR/AJM.

"A festive transformation... The Winter Wonderlights train passes through Rothley Station just before Christmas 2020."
Photo © GCR/AJM.

"Seasonal decorations adorn the smokebox door of Stanier Class 5 45305 on a crisp December morning in 2018". - Photo © GCR/AJM.

"Seasonal decorations adorn the smokebox door of Stanier Class 5 45305 on a crisp December morning in 2018".
Photo © GCR/AJM.

 

 


Added on Christmas Day, 25th December 2020...

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

We would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas, from everyone here at the Great Central Railway. Thank you to everyone who has supported us so magnificently through this difficult year, and we look forward to seeing you soon.
Photo © John Bagshaw.

 

 


Added on Tuesday 15th December 2020...

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Published at 20:45

"Stanier Class 8 48305 hauls Santa's special train away from Quorn & Woodhouse in December 2020." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Stanier Class 8 48305 hauls Santa's special train away from Quorn & Woodhouse in December 2020."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on Monday 14th December 2020...

Today's image 1 of 1
Published at 20:30

"The start of a journey by steam train... Stanier Class 5 45305 steams away from Loughborough Central on a bright October morning." - Photo © Alan Weaver.

"The start of a journey by steam train... Stanier Class 5 45305 steams away from Loughborough Central on a bright October morning."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on Tuesday 8th December 2020...

"No shortage of atmosphere as the Santa Express steams through Leicestershire on 6th December 2020." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"No shortage of atmosphere as the Santa Express steams through Leicestershire on 6th December 2020."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 


Added on Monday 7th December 2020...

The Daily Gallery took a break in early December while preparations for the Santa Express and Winter Wonderlights intensified. A test run of the Winter Wonderlights on Thursday 3rd December provided an opportunity for this evening's second photograph.

"The magical journey returns... The Winter Wonderlights train steams through Rothley in early December 2020." - Photo © AJM.

"The magical journey returns... The Winter Wonderlights train steams through Rothley in early December 2020."
Photo © AJM.

"Saturday 5th December 2020 saw the welcome return of a very important person, as Santa travelled on his special train, hauled by Stanier Class 8 48305." - Photo © John Storer.

"Saturday 5th December 2020 saw the welcome return of a very important person, as Santa travelled on his special train, hauled by Stanier Class 8 48305."
Photo © John Storer.

 

 


Added on Wednesday 2nd December 2020...

"At home on the freight... British Railways Standard Class 9F 92214 hauls a northbound mineral train during a Great Central steam gala." - Photo © Peter Salmon.

"At home on the freight... British Railways Standard Class 9F 92214 hauls a northbound mineral train during a Great Central steam gala."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 


Added on Tuesday 1st December 2020...

"Steaming into the evening... British Railways Standard Class 9F 92214 approaches Quorn & Woodhouse, coinciding with a picturesque sunset over Leicestershire." - Photo © John Bagshaw.

"Steaming into the evening... British Railways Standard Class 9F 92214 approaches Quorn & Woodhouse, coinciding with a picturesque sunset over Leicestershire."
Photo © John Bagshaw.

 

 


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