Great Central Railway : Loughborough

Visited : Rode the whole length of the line - '97
                Loughborough only - January '00
                Loughborough & Quorn - August '00

Their Website :- Great Central Railway

Summary

Great ride. Themed stations. 'Main Line' feel. One of the best.

Sites 

Loughborough Station

Loughborough Central Station

Loughborough Central
Quorn & Woodhouse
Rothley
Quorn & Woodhouse Station

Quorn & Woodhouse Station

Leicester North

Ride

8 Miles taking 29 minutes each way.

Engines

A large number of big engines.  When I last visited, I saw an 8F and a 9F running, with others, including diesel railcars, in the sidings.

Rolling Stock

Nicely themed carriages in proper livery.  They were running nice long trains with proper dinning cars.

Engine Shed

Sizable, but not allowed in.

Museum

Three small rooms full of pictures, nameplates, silverware etc at Loughborough.

Quorn is set out as it might have been during the war - the station master's office and the NAAFI tea room is like a museum in itself.

Shop

Main shop at Loughborough had a nice array of things.

Emporium at Loughborough was an interesting 'junk shop'.

Catering

Not tried, but looked nice.

Simple NAFFI style tea room at Quorn

Toilets

Not tested

Quorn Signal Box

Quorn Signal Box

Guide Book

None

Other Facilities

The double track was finished on 1st June 2000.  This means a better timetable and the experience of passing a train going the other way.

In the signal box at Quorn, you can operate some of the local signals !


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Important Note : Please don't take our comments too seriously - they're just an indication of what we found on the day(s) we visited.  As we keep emphasising, these visits were a long time ago and accordingly, most of the text on this site is now very old.

We don't pretend to have any status or authority.  We don't pretend to be systematic or thorough.  Equally we don't regularly visit places just to assess them.  We simply went out for family trips, often when we find ourselves in that part of the country.  Then, later, when we were playing on the computer, wrote up a few comments about what we remembered.  We might have remembered things wrongly.

Equally, most of our visits were made many years ago now, and a lot can change in just a few years.

Either way our comments are probably no longer representative of the facilities the railways now have.  Why not go along and see for yourself.