GCR – Bridge to the Future

For those who may not know, the Great Central Railway is a largely disused mainline but home to a small number of preserved lines. Two of these, the Great Central Railway (Heritage Railway) and the Great Central Railway (Nottingham). The first railway runs from Leicester North to Loughborough, with the second line (the northern section), running from the other side of the Loughborough gap northwards to the former ROF Ruddington. 

The gap is quite complex, with missing bridges over busy mainlines, embankments having to be recreated as well as crossing a canal. You can visit the website, http://www.gcrailway.co.uk/unify to find out more directly. 

This project does show that with time huge obstacles can be overcome, and once complete will offer an 18mile long heritage railway. 

For us with our Woodhorn Link Project, it gives great hopes as much of what we would like to do is much simpler! 

We would like to wish all the best to our fellow enthusiasts at both Great Central Railways with their project and ongoing preservation of their lines. Well done and keep up the good work! 



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