London Extension (Great Central Railway)






Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Annesley to Nottingham














Never an easy location for a photograph, even on a bright and sunny day, Nottingham Victoria in rain and mist presented something of a challenge. ...
K A Gray 30/03/1963
Unrebuilt Battle of Britain Pacific no 34054 Lord Beaverbrook stands at Nottingham Victoria on a grey and misty Saturday 30 March 1963 ...
K A Gray 30/03/1963
The RCTS Great Central Rail Tour at Nottingham Victoria on 13 August 1966 with Bulleid West Country Pacific no 34002 Salisbury in charge. The ...
K A Gray 13/08/1966
Site of Nottingham Victoria looking north in 2001. ...
Ewan Crawford //2001




Nottingham to Quainton Road

View north at Weekday Cross Junction in 2001. Ahead is the Victoria Street Tunnel, behind was the GC line south to London and behind and to the right ...
Ewan Crawford //2001
The NET tram system in Nottingham uses the former route of the Great Central to approach Nottingham (Midland) station. Here a tram sits at the ...
Ewan Crawford 18/11/2006





Down in the carriage shed, something stirred - the mystery being, why would the GC have a Southern Region coach? [See image 12077] - the answer, ...
Ken Strachan 27/02/2016
Quite large, as preserved boxes go; and a nice little hut next door. ...
Ken Strachan 27/02/2016
Suit enthusiast - Abernant #5 would struggle to pass its MoT, were it to be a car. ...
Ken Strachan 27/02/2016





Another 'if only' [see image 53774]. This is the prototype HST power car 41001, arriving at Rushcliffe Halt to pick up passengers from a BLS DMU ...
Ken Strachan 27/02/2016
The beautifully straight nature of the GCRs extension to London is obvious in this view looking north at the gypsum works at Rushcliffe Halt. ...
Ewan Crawford 11/09/2006

View north from the island platform at East Leake in 2001. ...
Ewan Crawford //2001


This is an island platform station on the Great Central Railway (Preserved). Heritage trains run south to Leicester North.
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Resident Jinty 47406 running through the platforms at Loughborough Central during the GCR Gala on 26th January 2019.
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Peter Todd 26/01/2019
BR Standard 9F 2-10-0 92214 taking water at Loughborough Central on 6th May 2017. ...
Peter Todd 06/05/2017
LMS Jinty 3F 0-6-0T 47406, seen on Loughborough Shed sidings with BR Standard 2MT 2-6-0 78019 behind. 6th October 2017.
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Peter Todd 06/10/2017
46521 seen at Loughborough Central during the Autumn Gala. ...
Peter Todd //

LMS 8F 48624 departing Quorn with a passenger train during the GCR Gala day, specialising in freight trains mixed in with the usual passenger ...
Peter Todd 06/05/2017
Having completed some leisurely shunting in the yard at Quorn, LMS Jinty 3F 0-6-0T 47406 departs for Rothley hauling a 3 coach local train. ...
Peter Todd 06/05/2017
47406 with a demonstration freight at Quorn and Woodhouse. ...
Peter Todd 02/10/2015
34053 Sir Keith Park. Rebuilt Bulleid Battle of Britain 4-6-2, on loan from the Severn Valley Rly. ...
Peter Todd 29/01/2016

A Great Central Railway bridge sign at Rothley on 3 October 2015. ...
Peter Todd 03/10/2015
6990 'Witherslack Hall' arrives at Rothley. Earlier in the day, it was judged a failure due to a hotbox on the rear driving axle, but appear it did. ...
Peter Todd 02/10/2015
78018, a BR Standard 2MT 2-6-0, seen at Rothley during the GCR Gala on 4th August 2018.
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Peter Todd 04/08/2018
BR Standard 5MT 73156, running as scrapped classmate 73069, seen at Rothley on 4th August 2018. Although this was a steam gala a DMU operated from ...
Peter Todd 04/08/2018

A bricked up entrance, a chimney and a storage space within the bridge pier are all that remains at this former suburban station on the North side of ...
Ken Strachan 15/01/2010
'I'm not coming out, it's raining'. 45041 seems reluctant to rejoin its train at Leicester North after running round at the GCR Autumn Diesel ...
Ken Strachan 10/09/2016

92214 standing in Leicester North station on 6th October 2017.
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Peter Todd 06/10/2017
9F 2-10-0 92214, newly arrived at Leicester North on 26th January 2018.
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Peter Todd 26/01/2018
Bullied 4-6-2 34046 (running as 34053 Sir Keith Park) seen at Leicester North during the GCR's Autumn Gala. The theme was the 50th Anniversary of the ...
Peter Todd 06/10/2017
BR Standard 9F 92214 arriving at Leicester North Station. ...
Peter Todd 06/05/2017

How ironic that a railway intended to offer services to France should now be closely attended by some rather homesick-looking Renaults. View looks ...
Ken Strachan 09/09/2012

Maybe Leicester City Council learned something from the cafuffle over the demolition of the Bowstring girder bridge? The Upperton Road wagon works has ...
Ken Strachan 16/01/2018



The GC bridge over the M1 is looking a bit neglected; but so would you, after 49 years of disuse. View looks North. ...
Sally Strachan 19/04/2018

Two bridges from different centuries photographed in May 2010. The far bridge is over the M1, the near one over the North end of the former GC ...
Ken Strachan 13/05/2010


Looking north on an abandoned main line. Just North of the M6 and A5, this is the trackbed of the GCR, accessible as a footpath only. How is the ...
Ken Strachan 18/04/2019
Old telegraph insulators steadfastly refusing to biodegrade, just South of Lutterworth. ...
Ken Strachan 14/05/2010
This well preserved gangers' hut is just South of the A4304, West of Junction 20 on the M1. Going by the graffiti, it is now used by quite a different ...
Ken Strachan 12/05/2010
The sign at Lutterworth says 'all routes' - but I can only see one - to Marylebone. Bit of a comedown really - intended as a through route from ...
Ken Strachan /06/2010

'And quite where Rugby Central is, does only Rugby know' ...according to Betjeman. Fans of consistent transport policy will be pleased to know ...
Ken Strachan 29/03/2011
Looking South from the road bridge at the former Rugby Central station in March 2011 we notice, left to right: the foot/cycle path; the edge of the ...
Ken Strachan 29/03/2011


This location West of Staverton is where the GC crossed the A425 between Daventry and Leamington. The road seems to have been built up since closure ...
Ken Strachan 28/07/2018


The southern portal of Catesby Tunnel on the former GCR, looking in less than perfect condition 110 years after the date carved in the stone at the ...
John McIntyre 23/03/2007
A ventillator shaft stands high on the hill above Catesby Tunnel, March 2007. ...
John McIntyre 23/03/2007
Southern approach to Catesby Tunnel on the GCR in March 2007. ...
John McIntyre 23/03/2007
Mini-tunnel within a tunnel...the drainage opening at the south end of Catesby Tunnel, March 2007. ...
John McIntyre 23/03/2007


Two advantages of Railway Ramblers walks are the ability to cover private ground; and the facility to have relics pointed out to you which you might ...
Ken Strachan 28/07/2018

The S&MJR can be seen in the distance crossing the trackbed of the late, great Great Central. The bridge abutment on the left has been demolished to ...
Ken Strachan 28/07/2018
I can't see the point. A stray bit of point rodding adorns the site of the sidings South of Woodford station. ...
Ken Strachan 28/07/2018
Many major railways would ignore smaller lines crossing their main line. The GCR so welcomed the Stratford-on-Avon and Midland Joint that it put in ...
Ken Strachan 28/07/2018
This cattle grid is located uphill from the site of the extensive wartime marshalling yard at Woodford Halse, and is built using rails from the ...
Ken Strachan 28/07/2018



A surreal scene at Helmdon in August 2016, as a line of sheep appears to be forming the up Ovine Cutler. Notice the branch feeder services to the left ...
Ken Strachan 13/08/2016

Here is a closer view of the bricked up entrances and exits [see image 52448]. The upper one was the footbridge, the lower one would be to the ...
Ken Strachan 14/08/2015
The tyre fitting centre at Brackley [see image 52362] is more recognizable as a former station from track level - despite the brick structure built on ...
Ken Strachan 14/08/2015
A couple of miles South East of Brackley [see image 52362], this determined-looking girder bridge carried the Great Central over the LNWR line from ...
Ken Strachan 13/08/2016
The former station at Brackley, Northants, on the Great Central Railway's London Extension, seen here on 14 August 2015. This view looks East from ...
Ken Strachan 14/08/2015


Coach 930206 is one of eight vehicles of the class 416 EMU which are preserved at Finmere. [see image 56782] It may look ready for traffic, but they'd ...
Ken Strachan 13/08/2016
Another fine example [see image 56233] of artistry in steel girders on the Great Central Railway London extension. There is a small preservation ...
Ken Strachan 13/08/2016
There was this nasty crunch as I was reversing.. an unusual blend of bus, Tube train, and EMU provides a publicity vehicle for the Epping and Ongar ...
Ken Strachan 13/08/2016
Conventional wisdom has it that there is no track on the GCR trackbed between Claydon LNE Junction and Leicester North. However, the Network South ...
Ken Strachan 13/08/2016

Looking North towards Finmere, the trackbed from Calvert looks very colourful. The photograph is at Twyford (Bucks) with Calvert Junction and the ...
Ken Strachan 22/09/2018

Looking south over the remains of former mainline station at Calvert. Beyond the island platform is the Shanks and McEwan rubbish unloading depot. The ...
Ewan Crawford 06/09/2009


Looking South towards Quainton Road, the trackbed from Verney Junction can be seen trailing in on the left. ...
Ken Strachan 22/09/2018




Claydon Curve

Looking North towards Finmere, the trackbed from Calvert looks very colourful. The photograph is at Twyford (Bucks) with Calvert Junction and the ...
Ken Strachan 22/09/2018

UK Railtours excursion behind 66110 on the Calvert spur from the ex-Great Central Railway main line approaching Claydon LNE Junction on 17th March ...
David Bosher 17/03/2018
UK Railtours excursion behind 66110 coming off the 1940 Calvert spur at Claydon LNE Junction on 17th March 2018. The train then reversed and with ...
David Bosher 17/03/2018
Re Ken Strachan's photo of a trackless Claydon LNE Junction [See image 66823], and in answer to his question was track here until recently? The answer ...
David Bosher 17/03/2018
I think there might have been track here quite recently. The view looks west, with the junction behind the camera. Calvert sidings are now approached ...
Ken Strachan 27/10/2018




Calvert to Ashendon








Woodford Halse to Banbury

The S&MJR can be seen in the distance crossing the trackbed of the late, great Great Central. The bridge abutment on the left has been demolished to ...
Ken Strachan 28/07/2018
I can't see the point. A stray bit of point rodding adorns the site of the sidings South of Woodford station. ...
Ken Strachan 28/07/2018
Many major railways would ignore smaller lines crossing their main line. The GCR so welcomed the Stratford-on-Avon and Midland Joint that it put in ...
Ken Strachan 28/07/2018
This cattle grid is located uphill from the site of the extensive wartime marshalling yard at Woodford Halse, and is built using rails from the ...
Ken Strachan 28/07/2018







Woodford Halse Curve

The S&MJR can be seen in the distance crossing the trackbed of the late, great Great Central. The bridge abutment on the left has been demolished to ...
Ken Strachan 28/07/2018
I can't see the point. A stray bit of point rodding adorns the site of the sidings South of Woodford station. ...
Ken Strachan 28/07/2018
Many major railways would ignore smaller lines crossing their main line. The GCR so welcomed the Stratford-on-Avon and Midland Joint that it put in ...
Ken Strachan 28/07/2018
This cattle grid is located uphill from the site of the extensive wartime marshalling yard at Woodford Halse, and is built using rails from the ...
Ken Strachan 28/07/2018