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20a. From Leicester to Loughborough on the Great Central Railway Line - Trip 1 - lots of steam train photos of engines in action

The Great Central Railway, in conjunction with other companies, had lines from Manchester - Sheffield - Nottingham - Leicester and onto London Marylebone Station. After incorporation into the Midland Railway and ultimately British Railways the line terminated in the 'Midland Region' St Pancras Station London. However much of the original Great Central Railway doesn't exist, but fortunately due to a great bunch of enthusiasts, the section from Loughborough to Leicester is preserved as a fully working mainline steam railway.

See also 20b. Trip 2 on the GCR - The Winter Gala January 2009 and the visit of 70013 Oliver Cromwell * 20c. More GCR - Loughborough Workshop & Shed Scenes * 20d. Diesels on the GCR * 20e. The GR8 Escape April 2011 and other railway links at bottom of page.

Plaque in the museum Loughborough Central Station - The Great Central Railway, England, English Midlands

From the Great Central Railway (GCR) to British Railways (BR).

A return trip from Leicester North Station to Loughborough Central Station and back.

(A grey day for photography but, never-the-less, a great day out!)

Steam locomotive 46521 in BR green livery, at Loughborough station with the GCR "The South Yorkshireman" dining train (Sept. 2017)

British Railways Emblem

Railway history mixed with good food on the Great Central Railway.

 

Full steam ahead on the Great Central Railway!

 

92214 painted up to look like 92220 EVENING STAR (GCR Loughborough, June 2015)

 

Diesel locomotives on the Grand Central Railway (See Diesels on the GCR)

 

Historic diesel multiple units on the Great Central Railway - good view of Loughborough station with the shed yard and workshops beyond. (See DMUs on the GCR)


From Leicester North Station to Loughborough Central station

Diesel multiple unit (DMU E50321/51427) coming into Leicester North Station. This 2 car DMU was built by Metro-Cammell in 1957-1958. - The Great Central Railway, England, English Midlands

Great Central Railway: Diesel multiple unit (DMU E50321/E51427, Class 101 built 1957) coming into Leicester North Station. This 2 car DMU was built by Metro-Cammell in 1957-1958. Not the steam start I wanted, but no matter! Plenty of steam action followed later!

Diesel multiple unit (DMU E50321/51427) at Leicester North Station. This 2 car DMU was built by Metro-Cammell in 1957-1958. - The Great Central Railway, England, English Midlands

Leicester North Station on the Great Central Railway (June 2014) as 48624 brings in a train from Loughborough.

 

Heading north coming into Rothley Station platform. Note the tracks pass either side of the central platform and the characteristic GCR 'little house' of the station entrance on the bridge - The Great Central Railway, England, English Midlands

Great Central Railway: Heading north coming into Rothley Station platform. Note the tracks pass either side of the central platform and the characteristic GCR 'little house' of the station entrance on the bridge.

 

Great Central Railway GR8 Escape GCR Steam Gala 2011: 8624 entering Quorn Station from Loughborough

 

Great Central Railway: Passing over the viaduct at Swithland Reservoir.

 

Great Central Railway GR8 Escape GCR Steam Gala 2011: 5542 leaving Quorn for Leicester with the autocar train.

 

Heading north coming into Rothley Station platform. Note the tracks pass either side of the central platform and the characteristic GCR 'little house' of the station entrance on the bridge. - The Great Central Railway, England, English Midlands

Great Central Railway: Heading north coming into Quorn and Woodhouse Station and note in distance the tracks pass either side of the central platform and the characteristic GCR 'little house' of the station entrance on the bridge.

 

Great Central Railway - a busy Quorn and Woodhouse Station!

 

Freight train passing through Quorn and Woodhouse station on the Great Central Railway.

 

30777 Sir Lamiel (Ex Southern Railway-British Railways SR King Arthur Class 4-6-0) heading south at speed approaching Quorn and Woodhouse Station and passing fields of poppies. - The Great Central Railway, England, English Midlands

Great Central Railway: 30777 SIR LAMIEL heading south at speed approaching Quorn and Woodhouse Station and passing fields of poppies.

Fields of poppies near Quorn and Woodhouse - The Great Central Railway, England, English Midlands

 

Freight train entering Quorn and Woodhouse station on the Great Central Railway.

 

Locomotives at Loughborough Central Locomotive Depot on the Great Central Railway

Great Central Railway: Ex Great Western Railway and British Railways 4953 PITCHFORD HALL, an ex GWR/BR 4-6-0 4900 Hall Class locomotive. Power Class D 5MT Mixed Traffic loco, built at Swindon Works in 1929 to a design by Collett.

Ex Great Western Railway and British Railways 4953 Pitchford Hall (GWR 4-6-0 4900  Hall Class locomotive, Power Class D 5MT Mixed Traffic loco, built at Swindon Works in 1929) - The Great Central Railway, England, English Midlands

Great Central Railway: Ex Great Western Railway and British Railways 4953 "PITCHFORD HALL" (GWR 4-6-0 Hall Class locomotive).

Ex Great Western Railway and British Railways 4953 Pitchford Hall (GWR 4-6-0 4900  Hall Class locomotive, Power Class D 5MT Mixed Traffic loco, built at Swindon Works in 1929) - The Great Central Railway, England, English Midlands

Great Central Railway: Ex Great Western Railway and British Railways 4953 "PITCHFORD HALL" (GWR 4-6-0 Hall Class locomotive).

Ex Great Western Railway and British Railways 4953 Pitchford Hall (GWR 4-6-0 4900  Hall Class locomotive, Power Class D 5MT Mixed Traffic loco, built at Swindon Works in 1929) - The Great Central Railway, England, English Midlands

 

 

Ex GWR 5100/5101 Class 2-6-2T Prairie large tank engine 4141 and British Railways (built at Swindon Works 1946 to a post Churchwood 3100 Class design by Collett) - The Great Central Railway, England, English Midlands

Great Central Railway: Ex GWR 5100/5101 Class 2-6-2T Prairie large tank engine 4141 and British Railways, ex GWR/BR built at Swindon Works 1946 to a post Churchwood 3100 Class design by Collett.

 

Ex British Railways BR standard class 2MT 2-6-0 78019 (built at Darlington Works in 1954 to a design by Robert Riddles) standing outside the locomotive depot shed at Loughborough Central - The Great Central Railway, England, English Midlands

Great Central Railway: Ex British Railways BR standard class 2MT 2-6-0 78019 (built at Darlington Works in 1954 to a design by Robert Riddles) standing outside the locomotive depot shed at Loughborough Central.

 

Some great steam locomotives can be seen in the works yard.


From Loughborough Central station to Leicester North Station on the Great Central Railway

Great Central Railway: The Station entrance at Loughborough.

 

Ex GWR 4141 waiting to depart from Loughborough Central Station on the train for Leicester North Station - The Great Central Railway, England, English Midlands

Great Central Railway: Ex GWR 4141 waiting to depart from Loughborough Central Station on the train for Leicester North Station.

Ex GWR 4141 waiting to depart from Loughborough Central Station on the train for Leicester North Station - The Great Central Railway, England, English Midlands

 

Ex GWR locomotives can be seen on the Great Central Railway.

 

The Great Central Railway Museum at Loughborough Central Station - The Great Central Railway, England, English Midlands

Great Central Railway: The Great Central Railway Museum at Loughborough Central Station.

 

Ex GWR 4141 still waiting to depart from Loughborough Central Station on the train for Leicester North Station! - The Great Central Railway, England, English Midlands

Great Central Railway: Ex GWR 4141 still waiting to depart from Loughborough Central Station on the train for Leicester North Station! I think there was a delay due to a wedding party!

 

 

The entrance to Loughborough Central station (built 1898), with a car waiting for some newly weds of on a train trip - The Great Central Railway, England, English Midlands

Great Central Railway: The entrance to Loughborough Central station (built 1898), with a vintage car waiting for some newly weds of on a train trip.

 

30777 Sir Lamiel, bringing empty coaching stock into Loughborough Central Station - The Great Central Railway, England, English Midlands

Great Central Railway: Ex SR/BR Class N15 4-6-0 locomotive 777/30777 "SIR LAMIEL", bringing empty coaching stock into Loughborough Central Station.

 

Ex GWR 2-6-2 prairie tank engine 4141 finally departing from Loughborough Central station with a train bound for Leicester North Station - The Great Central Railway, England, English Midlands

Great Central Railway: Ex GWR 2-6-2 prairie tank engine 4141 finally departing from Loughborough Central station with a train bound for Leicester North Station.

Ex GWR 2-6-2 prairie tank engine 4141 finally departing from Loughborough Central station with a train bound for Leicester North Station - The Great Central Railway, England, English Midlands

 

Lots of great steam action on the Great Central Railway

 

30777 Sir Lamiel, waiting to depart from Loughborough Central Station. 30777 is an ex Southern Railway and British Railways locomotive. Locomotive 30777 Sir Lamiel is an SR 4-6-0 designed by R.E.L Maunsell from an earlier Urie LSWR design, N15 King Arthur Class locomotive and was built by the North British Locomotive Co. Glasgow in 1925 - The Great Central Railway, England, English Midlands

Great Central Railway: 30777 SIR LAMIEL, waiting to depart from Loughborough Central Station. 30777 is an ex Southern Railway and British Railways locomotive. Locomotive 30777 is an SR 4-6-0 designed by R.E.L Maunsell from an earlier Urie LSWR design, N15 King Arthur Class locomotive and was built by the North British Locomotive Co. Glasgow in 1925.

 

An old coal tender (minus locomotive!) at Quorn Station - The Great Central Railway, England, English Midlands Goods depot shed from the Great Central days at Quorn and Woodhouse Station. - The Great Central Railway, England, English Midlands

Great Central Railway: An old coal tender (minus locomotive!) and the goods depot shed from the Great Central days at Quorn and Woodhouse Station.

 

Heading south stopping at Rothley Station. - The Great Central Railway, England, English Midlands

Great Central Railway: Heading south stopping at Rothley Station.

Heading south stopping at Rothley Station. - The Great Central Railway, England, English Midlands

 

Great Central Railway: A fine old LMS coach.

See also 20b. Trip 2 on the GCR - The Winter Gala January 2009 and the visit of 70013 Oliver Cromwell * 20c. More GCR - Loughborough Workshop & Shed Scenes * 20d. Diesels on the GCR * 20e. The GR8 Escape April 2011

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