Daily Image Gallery – November 2020

With increased national restrictions during November, train were again suspended, and the daily gallery continued to provide a source of pleasant memories while we awaited the return of passenger trains to the GCR...

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Added on Monday 30th November 2020...

"We're delighted that our Santa Express train services can go ahead this year... Looking back to 2012, British Railways Standard Class 2 78019 steams away from Loughborough Central with Santa's special train."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Wonderlights awaits... Stanier Class 5 45305 'Alderman A.E. Draper' is illuminated in preparation for this year's Winter Wonderlights trains"
Photo © Aidan Staples.

 

 


Added on Sunday 29th November 2020...

"A distant celebrity.... LNER A3 Pacific 4472 'Flying Scotsman' runs round a train at Leicester North, on a cold winter morning during a visit to the Great Central."
Flying Scotsman is owned by the National Railway Museum.
Photo © Graham Wignall.

"In a recreation of a regular scene from the 1960s, Stanier Class 5 45305 works a mixed freight through the countryside of Leicestershire." Freight trains feature regularly at our heritage gala events, which we look forward to staging again soon during 2021!
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on Saturday 28th November 2020...

Today's image 1 of 1
Published at 19:30

"The bright sunshine of a winter afternoon illuminates Stanier 2-6-0 42968, approaching Leicester North during a visit to the Great Central in January 2010."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 


Added on Friday 27th November 2020...

Today's image 1 of 1
Published at 19:30

"On a winter morning in 2013, Ivatt Class 2 46521 works a mineral train away from Loughborough Central."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on Wednesday 25th November 2020...

"A different perspective at Rothley, as steam adds to the atmosphere of a cold winter morning."
Photo © Graham Wignall.

"Visiting Southern Railway Schools Class 926 'Repton' hurries past Quorn & Woodhouse with the Travelling Post Office."
Photo © Gordon McCulloch.

 

 


Added on Tuesday 24th November 2020...

"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.

"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...

"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.

"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...

"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.

"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...

 

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

"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.

"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...

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

"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...

"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.

"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...

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

"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...

"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.

"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...

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

"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...

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

"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...

"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.

"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...

"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.

"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 ...

"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.

"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...

 

"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.

"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...

"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...

"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.

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

 

 


Added on Sunday 8th November...

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

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

 

 


Added on Saturday 7th November...

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

"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...

"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.

"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...

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

"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...

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

"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...

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

"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...

"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.

"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...

Today's image 1 of 1
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.

 

 


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