Daily Image Gallery – January 2021

As 2021 dawned, national restrictions had returned and train services had ceased. While eagerly awaiting news, we continued the daily gallery of images...

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Added on 31st January 2021...

"A mixed goods train often appears as part of our Winter Steam Galas. Ivatt Class 2 46521 is seen here in a picturesque scene from 2018's event". - Photo © Kieren Cross.

"A mixed goods train often appears as part of our Winter Steam Galas. Ivatt Class 2 46521 is seen here in a picturesque scene from 2018's event".
Photo © Kieren Cross.

"View from the brake van... While a goods train waits in the Up Loop at Swithland Sidings for another train to pass, 4953 'Pitchford Hall' steams past in the opposite direction on the Down Main during our Winter Steam Gala in 2020." - Photo © GCR/AJM.

"View from the brake van... While a goods train waits in the Up Loop at Swithland Sidings for another train to pass, 4953 'Pitchford Hall' steams past in the opposite direction on the Down Main during our Winter Steam Gala in 2020."
Photo © GCR/AJM.

"The weather conditions at the time of our Winter Steam Galas at the end of January often lend themselves to particularly atmospheric scenes, such as this departure from Loughborough Central of Stanier Class 5 45305 during 2019's event." - Photo © Martyn Fisher.

"The weather conditions at the time of our Winter Steam Galas at the end of January often lend themselves to particularly atmospheric scenes, such as this departure from Loughborough Central of Stanier Class 5 45305 during 2019's event."
Photo © Martyn Fisher.

 

 


Added on 30th January 2021...

"Winter Steam Gala visitors of LNER and GWR designs... K1 62005 and Hall 4953 'Pitchford Hall' stand on shed at Loughborough, one year ago in January 2020." - Photo © Joe Connell.

"Winter Steam Gala visitors of LNER and GWR designs... K1 62005 and Hall 4953 'Pitchford Hall' stand on shed at Loughborough, one year ago in January 2020."
Photo © Joe Connell.

"Our 2020 Winter Steam Gala continued a long line of superb guest locomotives to visit the GCR, with special guest K1 62005 starring one year ago this weekend." - Photo © Joe Connell.

"Our 2020 Winter Steam Gala continued a long line of superb guest locomotives to visit the GCR, with special guest K1 62005 starring one year ago this weekend."
Photo © Joe Connell.

"Class 5 evolution... British Railways Standard Class 5 73156 of 1956 and Stanier Class 5 45305 of 1936 pass at Rothley, one year ago at our 2020 Winter Steam Gala." Although the Winter Steam Gala is unavoidably absent from the calendar in January 2021, the event will return in better times! - Photo © Roy Harris.

"Class 5 evolution... British Railways Standard Class 5 73156 of 1956 and Stanier Class 5 45305 of 1936 pass at Rothley, one year ago at our 2020 Winter Steam Gala."
Although the Winter Steam Gala is unavoidably absent from the calendar in January 2021, the event will return in better times!
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 


Added on 29th January 2021...

"A mixed freight arrives in the loop ready to begin shunting... Visiting GWR 5600 Class 5643 is pictured at Swithland Sidings in January 2014." - Photo © Alan Weaver.

"A mixed freight arrives in the loop ready to begin shunting... Visiting GWR 5600 Class 5643 is pictured at Swithland Sidings in January 2014."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

"An afternoon local at Swithland Sidings... British Railways Standard Class 2 78018 works a two-coach train of suburban coaches towards Quorn & Woodhouse." - Photo © GCR/AJM.

"An afternoon local at Swithland Sidings... British Railways Standard Class 2 78018 works a two-coach train of suburban coaches towards Quorn & Woodhouse."
Photo © GCR/AJM.

 

 


Added on 28th January 2021...

"Running under clear signals, Stanier Class 5 45305 'Alderman A.E. Draper' steams purposefully along the Up Main, just south of Quorn & Woodhouse." - Photo © GCR/AJM.

"Running under clear signals, Stanier Class 5 45305 'Alderman A.E. Draper' steams purposefully along the Up Main, just south of Quorn & Woodhouse."
Photo © GCR/AJM.

"On this day in 2017, visiting Southern Railway Q Class 30541 is pictured approaching Swithland Sidings during our Winter Steam Gala." - Photo © Joe Connell.

"On this day in 2017, visiting Southern Railway Q Class 30541 is pictured approaching Swithland Sidings during our Winter Steam Gala."
Photo © Joe Connell.

 

 


Added on 27th January 2021...

"Gresley's V2 locomotives were once a common sight on the former Great Central main line between London Marylebone and Sheffield. Sole-surviving V2 'Green Arrow' is seen here carrying British Railways number 60800 at Rothley around 2001." "Green Arrow" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum. - Photo © Richard Bingham.

"Gresley's V2 locomotives were once a common sight on the former Great Central main line between London Marylebone and Sheffield. Sole-surviving V2 'Green Arrow' is seen here carrying British Railways number 60800 at Rothley around 2001." "Green Arrow" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Photo © Richard Bingham.

"A welcome arrival... British Railways Standard Class 9F 92214 arrives at Rothley with the first passenger train since the first national lockdown, on 25th July 2020." We are looking forward to running passenger trains again as soon as the situation allows. We will return! - Photo © Pat Brown.

"A welcome arrival... British Railways Standard Class 9F 92214 arrives at Rothley with the first passenger train since the first national lockdown, on 25th July 2020." We are looking forward to running passenger trains again as soon as the situation allows. We will return!
Photo © Pat Brown.

"A popular visitor to the GCR... 1903 North Eastern Railway Electric Autocar 3170 approaches Quorn & Woodhouse on a test run in July 2020." - Photo © John Smith.

"A popular visitor to the GCR... 1903 North Eastern Railway Electric Autocar 3170 approaches Quorn & Woodhouse on a test run in July 2020."
Photo © John Smith.

 

 


Added on 26th January 2021...

"On a bright afternoon in the summer of 2014, Ivatt Class 2 46521 steams away from Loughborough Central with the lunchtime dining train." - Photo © Peter Salmon.

"On a bright afternoon in the summer of 2014, Ivatt Class 2 46521 steams away from Loughborough Central with the lunchtime dining train."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

"Thompson B1 1306 'Mayflower' approaches the site of Swithland Sidings during an early 1980s festive season." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Thompson B1 1306 'Mayflower' approaches the site of Swithland Sidings during an early 1980s festive season."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on 25th January 2021...

"Early days... In 1984, before the reinstatement of double-track, Robert Nelson Number 4 steams through the snow-covered landscape south of Loughborough Central." - Photo © Neil Raffan.

"Early days... In 1984, before the reinstatement of double-track, Robert Nelson Number 4 steams through the snow-covered landscape south of Loughborough Central."
Photo © Neil Raffan.

"A busy scene in January 2014 at Loughborough Central as visiting GWR 5600 Class 5643 waits alongside Fowler 3F 47406, with BR Standard Class 2 78019 in the background." - Photo © Peter Salmon.

"A busy scene in January 2014 at Loughborough Central as visiting GWR 5600 Class 5643 waits alongside Fowler 3F 47406, with BR Standard Class 2 78019 in the background."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 


Added on 24th January 2021...

"On this weekend nine years ago, snow was once again a feature as Stanier Class 8 48624 steams southwards." - Photo © Joe Connell.

"On this weekend nine years ago, snow was once again a feature as Stanier Class 8 48624 steams southwards."
Photo © Joe Connell.

"With snow falling in Leicestershire today, we look back to similar conditions from the same weekend eight years ago, as GWR King 6023 'King Edward II' steams past Swithland Sidings." - Photo © Paul Callow.

"With snow falling in Leicestershire today, we look back to similar conditions from the same weekend eight years ago, as GWR King 6023 'King Edward II' steams past Swithland Sidings."
Photo © Paul Callow.

 

 


Added on 23rd January 2021...

"Mixed traffic work for a Hall... 6990 'Witherslack Hall' works a southbound fitted van train, seen here at Swithland Sidings." - Photo © Roy Harris.

"Mixed traffic work for a Hall... 6990 'Witherslack Hall' works a southbound fitted van train, seen here at Swithland Sidings."
Photo © Roy Harris.

"Looking back to October 2017, British Railways Standard Class 2 78018 and Southern Railway Battle of Britain Class 34053 'Sir Keith Park' work a passenger train past Swithland Sidings." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Looking back to October 2017, British Railways Standard Class 2 78018 and Southern Railway Battle of Britain Class 34053 'Sir Keith Park' work a passenger train past Swithland Sidings."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on 22nd January 2021...

"A Southern Railway excursion... Visiting Schools Class 926 'Repton' steams past Swithland Sidings with a train for Leicester North during a popular visit to the GCR in 2019." - Photo © Peter Salmon.

"A Southern Railway excursion... Visiting Schools Class 926 'Repton' steams past Swithland Sidings with a train for Leicester North during a popular visit to the GCR in 2019."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

"The Train Staff for the single line between Rothley and Leicester North is collected from the footplate crew of 9F 92214 as a passenger train heads north during July 2020." - Photo © Pat Brown.

"The Train Staff for the single line between Rothley and Leicester North is collected from the footplate crew of 9F 92214 as a passenger train heads north during July 2020."
Photo © Pat Brown.

 

 


Added on 21st January 2021...

"A timeless scene is created at Loughborough Central as Thompson B1 61264 stands in Platform 1 in January 2001." - Photo © Ian Duffield

"A timeless scene is created at Loughborough Central as Thompson B1 61264 stands in Platform 1 in January 2001."
Photo © Ian Duffield

 

 


Added on 20th January 2021...

"Power by design... O4 Class 63601 works a coal train along our preserved section of the Great Central Main Line".<br /> 63601 appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum. The loco will return to steam, and is currently being overhauled at the GCR. - Photo © Andy Bennett.

"Power by design... O4 Class 63601 works a coal train along our preserved section of the Great Central Main Line".
63601 appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum. The loco will return to steam, and is currently being overhauled at the GCR.

Photo © Andy Bennett.

"A short break for the footplate crew of Stanier Class 8 48305, as the loco waits for the next duty at Loughborough Central." - Photo © Peter Salmon.

"A short break for the footplate crew of Stanier Class 8 48305, as the loco waits for the next duty at Loughborough Central."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 


Added on 19th January 2021...

"The majestic sight of a steam locomotive at work... Thompson B1 61264 works a passenger train through the Leicestershire countryside between Loughborough Central and Quorn &amp; Woodhouse". - Photo © Ian Duffield.

"The majestic sight of a steam locomotive at work... Thompson B1 61264 works a passenger train through the Leicestershire countryside between Loughborough Central and Quorn & Woodhouse".
Photo © Ian Duffield.

"A very different scene at the south end of Loughborough Central before the completion of remodelling, as 9F 92203 departs with a train for Leicester North during 1996". - Photo © Richard Bingham.

"A very different scene at the south end of Loughborough Central before the completion of remodelling, as 9F 92203 departs with a train for Leicester North during 1996".
Photo © Richard Bingham.

 

 


Added on 18th January 2021...

"Awaiting the road... Visiting Gresley D49 4-4-0 'Morayshire' awaits the signal to depart from the Down Loop at Loughborough Central, with King Arthur Class 777 'Sir Lamiel' in the background". - Photo © Peter Salmon.

"Awaiting the road... Visiting Gresley D49 4-4-0 'Morayshire' awaits the signal to depart from the Down Loop at Loughborough Central, with King Arthur Class 777 'Sir Lamiel' in the background".
Photo © Peter Salmon.

"The Crossing Keeper at Quorn &amp; Woodhouse makes his way into position as departure time draws near for Stanier Class 5 45305 'Alderman A.E. Draper' in August 2020". - Photo © Roy Harris.

"The Crossing Keeper at Quorn & Woodhouse makes his way into position as departure time draws near for Stanier Class 5 45305 'Alderman A.E. Draper' in August 2020".
Photo © Roy Harris.

One of our volunteers who enjoys the daily gallery has jokingly asked us "When is Point Machine Monday?". We aim to please: "BRCW Type 3 D6535 passes over the motor-operated number 32 points at the south end of Loughborough Central, with four other diesel locos also in view". - Photo © Steven Havers.

One of our volunteers who enjoys the daily gallery has jokingly asked us "When is Point Machine Monday?". We aim to please: "BRCW Type 3 D6535 passes over the motor-operated number 32 points at the south end of Loughborough Central, with four other diesel locos also in view".
Photo © Steven Havers.

 

 


Added on 17th January 2021...

"Special guest Southern Railway Schools Class number 926 'Repton' accelerates along the straight with a postal special during a visit to the GCR in October 2019". - Photo © Ken Simms.

"Special guest Southern Railway Schools Class number 926 'Repton' accelerates along the straight with a postal special during a visit to the GCR in October 2019".
Photo © Ken Simms.

"Boscastle on the GCR... The popular West Country Class loco stands in Platform 2 at Loughborough Central during the previous boiler ticket". - Photo © Boscastle Locomotive Ltd.

"Boscastle on the GCR... The popular West Country Class loco stands in Platform 2 at Loughborough Central during the previous boiler ticket".
Photo © Boscastle Locomotive Ltd.

 

 


Added on 16th January 2021...

"A London and North Eastern Railway theme is formed by D49 4-4-0 number 246 'Morayshire', hauling LNER pigeon van 4050, and two later British Railways Mark 1 coaches, on the northern approaches to Quorn &amp; Woodhouse". - Photo © David Putt.

"A London and North Eastern Railway theme is formed by D49 4-4-0 number 246 'Morayshire', hauling LNER pigeon van 4050, and two later British Railways Mark 1 coaches, on the northern approaches to Quorn & Woodhouse".
Photo © David Putt.

"Steam in motion on a summer afternoon... British Railways Standard Class 5 4-6-0 73156 works empty coaching stock away from Loughborough Central during July 2020". - Photo © Phil Clarke.

"Steam in motion on a summer afternoon... British Railways Standard Class 5 4-6-0 73156 works empty coaching stock away from Loughborough Central during July 2020".
Photo © Phil Clarke.

 

 


Added on 15th January 2021...

"Metro-Cammell diesel railcars became a common sight on the British Railways network from the mid-1950s, with many remaining in service on the national network until the turn of the century. Here, the crew of a diesel railcar shuttle service awaits the next departure from Rothley station in August 2020." - Photo © Roy Harris.

"Metro-Cammell diesel railcars became a common sight on the British Railways network from the mid-1950s, with many remaining in service on the national network until the turn of the century. Here, the crew of a diesel railcar shuttle service awaits the next departure from Rothley station in August 2020."
Photo © Roy Harris.

"Running under clear signals, another Great Central journey begins for Stanier Class 5 45305 'Alderman A.E. Draper'" - Photo © Ken Simms.

"Running under clear signals, another Great Central journey begins for Stanier Class 5 45305 'Alderman A.E. Draper'"
Photo © Ken Simms.

 

 


Added on 14th January 2021...

"Journey's end... British Railways Standard Class 5 73156 runs round a train at the GCR's southern terminus at Leicester North, before returning to Loughborough in July 2020". - Photo © Roy Harris.

"Journey's end... British Railways Standard Class 5 73156 runs round a train at the GCR's southern terminus at Leicester North, before returning to Loughborough in July 2020".
Photo © Roy Harris.

"A Great Western theme is very much in evidence as visiting Manor Class 7802 'Bradley Manor' pilots Modified Hall Class 6990 'Witherslack Hall' across Swithland Viaduct in January 2019". - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"A Great Western theme is very much in evidence as visiting Manor Class 7802 'Bradley Manor' pilots Modified Hall Class 6990 'Witherslack Hall' across Swithland Viaduct in January 2019".
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"A modern-era departure from Loughborough Central...<br /> BR Class 50 50017 'Royal Oak', appearing in Network SouthEast livery, accelerates away from the station during April 2019". - Photo © Steven Havers.

"A modern-era departure from Loughborough Central...
BR Class 50 50017 'Royal Oak', appearing in Network SouthEast livery, accelerates away from the station during April 2019".

Photo © Steven Havers.

 

 


Added on 13th January 2021...

"Southern Railway U Class 31806 was a very popular visitor to the Great Central in early 2016, and is seen here passing Swithland Sidings with a southbound passenger train". - Photo © Peter Salmon.

"Southern Railway U Class 31806 was a very popular visitor to the Great Central in early 2016, and is seen here passing Swithland Sidings with a southbound passenger train".
Photo © Peter Salmon.

"The impressive Bulleid West Country Class 34039 Boscastle stands inside Loughborough Locomotive Works." - Photo © Boscastle Locomotive Ltd.

"The impressive Bulleid West Country Class 34039 Boscastle stands inside Loughborough Locomotive Works."
Photo © Boscastle Locomotive Ltd.

"Class 5 steam locos make an impressive entrance... Stanier Class 5 45305 and British Railways Standard Class 5 73156 arrive at Quorn &amp; Woodhouse station." - Photo © Ken Simms.

"Class 5 steam locos make an impressive entrance... Stanier Class 5 45305 and British Railways Standard Class 5 73156 arrive at Quorn & Woodhouse station."
Photo © Ken Simms.

 

 


Added on 12th January 2021...

"Another journey begins... British Railways Standard Class 5 73156 works empty coaching stock towards Quorn &amp; Woodhouse station to form the day's next passenger train, shortly after national lockdown restrictions were relaxed in mid 2020". - Photo © John Smith.

"Another journey begins... British Railways Standard Class 5 73156 works empty coaching stock towards Quorn & Woodhouse station to form the day's next passenger train, shortly after national lockdown restrictions were relaxed in mid 2020".
Photo © John Smith.

"A dependable performer... Stanier Class 8 48624 steams south from Loughborough Central with a passenger train for Leicester North in April 2015, with paintwork gleaming in the afternoon sunshine". - Photo © Clive Hanley.

"A dependable performer... Stanier Class 8 48624 steams south from Loughborough Central with a passenger train for Leicester North in April 2015, with paintwork gleaming in the afternoon sunshine".
Photo © Clive Hanley.

 

 


Added on 11th January 2021...

"A nod to the Great Western Railway, as visiting Hall Class 4953 'Pitchford Hall' accelerates away from Rothley with a northbound passenger train, passing three of the lower quadrant signals at Swithland Sidings which would also be very familiar in Great Western territory". - Photo © Joe Connell.

"A nod to the Great Western Railway, as visiting Hall Class 4953 'Pitchford Hall' accelerates away from Rothley with a northbound passenger train, passing three of the lower quadrant signals at Swithland Sidings which would also be very familiar in Great Western territory".
Photo © Joe Connell.

"Great Northern Railway N2 1744 (appearing here in later British Railways livery with number 69523) approaches Quorn &amp; Woodhouse with a passenger train from Rothley in November 1987". - Photo © Syd Hancock.

"Great Northern Railway N2 1744 (appearing here in later British Railways livery with number 69523) approaches Quorn & Woodhouse with a passenger train from Rothley in November 1987".
Photo © Syd Hancock.

 

 


Added on 10th January 2021...

"Heritage locomotives of many shapes and sizes... Steam loco British Railways Standard Class 5 73156 and diesel loco 37714 were originally built only five years apart, in 1956 and 1961 respectively". 37714 originally entered service as English Electric Type 3 D6724, and now appears as it did in the 1990s in the Trainload Metals sector livery of British Rail. - Photo © John Smith.

"Heritage locomotives of many shapes and sizes... Steam loco British Railways Standard Class 5 73156 and diesel loco 37714 were originally built only five years apart, in 1956 and 1961 respectively". 37714 originally entered service as English Electric Type 3 D6724, and now appears as it did in the 1990s in the Trainload Metals sector livery of British Rail.
Photo © John Smith.

"LMS Princess Coronation Class 46229 'Duchess of Hamilton' makes for an impressive scene while hauling a passenger train on the Great Central during the 1990s." "Duchess of Hamilton" now resides at the National Railway Museum, in streamlined condition. - Photo © John Bagshaw.

"LMS Princess Coronation Class 46229 'Duchess of Hamilton' makes for an impressive scene while hauling a passenger train on the Great Central during the 1990s."
"Duchess of Hamilton" now resides at the National Railway Museum, in streamlined condition.
Photo © John Bagshaw.

 

 


Added on 9th January 2021...

"Passing trains on the Great Central Railway... Southern Railway King Arthur Class 777 'Sir Lamiel' passes Great Western Railway Modified Hall 6990 "Witherslack Hall" on the main lines at Swithland Sidings". 777 'Sir Lamiel' appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum. - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Passing trains on the Great Central Railway... Southern Railway King Arthur Class 777 'Sir Lamiel' passes Great Western Railway Modified Hall 6990 "Witherslack Hall" on the main lines at Swithland Sidings".
777 'Sir Lamiel' appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"A GCR country station welcomes the next arrival, as a Stanier Class 8 rolls into the platform at Rothley with a northbound passenger train". - Photo © AJM.

"A GCR country station welcomes the next arrival, as a Stanier Class 8 rolls into the platform at Rothley with a northbound passenger train".
Photo © AJM.

 

 


Added on 8th January 2021...

"Recreating a image of days gone by... Thompson B1 61264 steams through a cutting between Loughborough Central and Quorn &amp; Woodhouse in the winter of 2000, in a scene which could easily be mistaken for over 40 years earlier". - Photo © Andrew Royle.

"Recreating a image of days gone by... Thompson B1 61264 steams through a cutting between Loughborough Central and Quorn & Woodhouse in the winter of 2000, in a scene which could easily be mistaken for over 40 years earlier".
Photo © Andrew Royle.

"A cold morning enhances the photographic opportunity created by a steam locomotive, as Fowler 3F 47406 stands ready for duty at Loughborough Central in January 2018". - Photo © Peter Salmon.

"A cold morning enhances the photographic opportunity created by a steam locomotive, as Fowler 3F 47406 stands ready for duty at Loughborough Central in January 2018".
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 


Added on 7th January 2021...

"Ex-GWR pannier tank 5786, appearing in London Transport livery and with later number L92, makes good progress with a southbound passenger train during a visit to the GCR in 2014". - Photo © Peter Salmon.

"Ex-GWR pannier tank 5786, appearing in London Transport livery and with later number L92, makes good progress with a southbound passenger train during a visit to the GCR in 2014".
Photo © Peter Salmon.

"Great Northern Railway Class J13 number 1247 (later classified as the LNER J52 Class, and appearing here with British Railways livery and number 68846) hauls a short freight train along the Great Central Railway in April 1999". This locomotive now resides at the National Railway Museum. - Photo © David Putt.

"Great Northern Railway Class J13 number 1247 (later classified as the LNER J52 Class, and appearing here with British Railways livery and number 68846) hauls a short freight train along the Great Central Railway in April 1999".
This locomotive now resides at the National Railway Museum.
Photo © David Putt.

 

 


Added on 6th January 2021...

"United States Army Transportation Corps S160 2-8-0 5197 steams through the cutting north of Quorn &amp; Woodhouse during an extended visit to the GCR in 2003". - Photo © Syd Hancock.

"United States Army Transportation Corps S160 2-8-0 5197 steams through the cutting north of Quorn & Woodhouse during an extended visit to the GCR in 2003".
Photo © Syd Hancock.

"Railways at work... Visiting Hughes 'Crab' 13065 hauls a coal train away from Loughborough Central". - Photo © Ken Simms.

"Railways at work... Visiting Hughes 'Crab' 13065 hauls a coal train away from Loughborough Central".
Photo © Ken Simms.

 

 


Added on 5th January 2021...

"British Railways Standard Class 5 73156 runs round at Leicester North during a crew refresher day, two weeks before public services returned in July 2020". - Photo © Roy Harris.

"British Railways Standard Class 5 73156 runs round at Leicester North during a crew refresher day, two weeks before public services returned in July 2020".
Photo © Roy Harris.

"Back in 2004, before the commissioning of signalling at Swithland Sidings, Thompson B1 61264 is pictured hauling a southbound van train". - Photo © David Putt.

"Back in 2004, before the commissioning of signalling at Swithland Sidings, Thompson B1 61264 is pictured hauling a southbound van train".
Photo © David Putt.

 

 


Added on 4th January 2021...

"Ivatt Class 2 46521 makes the journey between Loughborough Central and Quorn &amp; Woodhouse during September 2020". We will continue to post images regularly during the newly announced national restrictions, and look forward to running passenger trains again, and welcoming you back to the railway when the situation improves. Please stay safe! - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Ivatt Class 2 46521 makes the journey between Loughborough Central and Quorn & Woodhouse during September 2020".We will continue to post images regularly during the newly announced national restrictions, and look forward to running passenger trains again, and welcoming you back to the railway when the situation improves. Please stay safe!
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Great Central Railway 11F or Improved Director Class number 506 "Butler Henderson" stands at Loughborough Central, in a busy scene from the early 1980s". 506 appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum. - Photo © Richard Bingham.

"Great Central Railway 11F or Improved Director Class number 506 "Butler Henderson" stands at Loughborough Central, in a busy scene from the early 1980s". 506 appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Photo © Richard Bingham.

 

 


Added on 3rd January 2021...

"Making light work of a northbound passenger train, 70013 'Oliver Cromwell' steams towards Loughborough on a bright winter afternoon." 70013 appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum and is currently under overhaul at Loughborough, prior to returning to steam here at the GCR. - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Making light work of a northbound passenger train, 70013 'Oliver Cromwell' steams towards Loughborough on a bright winter afternoon." 70013 appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum and is currently under overhaul at Loughborough, prior to returning to steam here at the GCR.
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

The first departure from Rothley in 2021 was a little unusual, collecting various equipment from our Santa and Winter Wonderlights season for secure storage off-site, and a herd of reindeer which had been living at the station during December. Although we will not be running passenger trains during January 2021, other trains may operate on any section of the line at any time, for testing, training, or for other operational reasons. - Photo © AJM.

The first departure from Rothley in 2021 was a little unusual, collecting various equipment from our Santa and Winter Wonderlights season for secure storage off-site, and a herd of reindeer which had been living at the station during December. Although we will not be running passenger trains during January 2021, other trains may operate on any section of the line at any time, for testing, training, or for other operational reasons.
Photo © AJM.

 

 


Added on 2nd January 2021...

"Continuing the winter theme, O4 63601 creates an excellent atmosphere while working a southbound passenger train in December 2000." The overhaul of 63601 is currently in progress, and this popular locomotive will return to steam at the Great Central Railway. 63601 appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum. - Photo © Andrew Royle.

"Continuing the winter theme, O4 63601 creates an excellent atmosphere while working a southbound passenger train in December 2000." The overhaul of 63601 is currently in progress, and this popular locomotive will return to steam at the Great Central Railway. 63601 appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Photo © Andrew Royle.

"In the snow of early 2013, GWR King 6023 'King Edward II' steams away from Quorn &amp; Woodhouse station with a passenger train." - Photo © Joe Connell.

"In the snow of early 2013, GWR King 6023 'King Edward II' steams away from Quorn & Woodhouse station with a passenger train."
Photo © Joe Connell.

 

 


Added on 1st January 2021...

"Recreating the experience... Stanier Class 8 48624 powers away from Loughborough with a mineral train at a GCR steam gala." - Photo © John Smith.

"Recreating the experience... Stanier Class 8 48624 powers away from Loughborough with a mineral train at a GCR steam gala."
Photo © John Smith.

"An image of things to come... Stanier Class 5 45305 steams away from Rothley with a passenger train for Leicester North."  Happy New Year one and all. - Photo © Alan Weaver.

"An image of things to come... Stanier Class 5 45305 steams away from Rothley with a passenger train for Leicester North."  Happy New Year one and all.
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on 31st December 2020...

Today's image 2 of 2
Published at 20:15

As 2020 draws to a close, we reflect on a year which none of us anticipated.
We would like to thank every member of the GCR family who has stepped forward so magnificently to see us though this most difficult year, giving their time, energy, and goodwill to operate the railway in a Covid-secure manner, delivering a regular train service which has been enjoyed by so many since we resumed operation in July.
Thank you also to every passenger, visitor, and supporter for your tremendous support and good wishes during these most difficult times. We have been extremely grateful for the many kind comments and messages received, and it has been a joy to see our visitors enjoying their time with us.
We are very much looking forward to the return of train services in 2021 as the situation improves, and look forward to seeing you all soon.
We wish you all a very Happy New Year.

Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 

Today's image 1 of 2
Published at 12:20

"An impressive departure is made from Rothley by Stanier Class 8 48305, with a northbound passenger train."
Photo © Joe Connell.

 


 

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