London Extension (Great Central Railway)






Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.











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




Suit enthusiast - Abernant #5 would struggle to pass its MoT, were it to be a car. ...
Ken Strachan 27/02/2016
Quite large, as preserved boxes go; and a nice little hut next door. ...
Ken Strachan 27/02/2016
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



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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A very clean looking 8F 2-8-0 48624 running through the platforms at Loughborough Central on 26th January 2019.
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Peter Todd 26/01/2019
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

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
BR Standard 9F 92214 arriving at Leicester North Station. ...
Peter Todd 06/05/2017
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
GWR 4-6-0 7802 'Bradley Manor' running around its train at Leicester North during the GCR Gala on 26th January 2019.
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Peter Todd 26/01/2019

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



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

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 lattice fence used to stop passengers falling down the gap between the platforms, which were separate spans of an accommodation underbridge. Now ...
Ken Strachan 23/04/2010
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



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

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
Looking South from Preston Road, Eydon, a concrete signal post can be seen standing perfectly upright by the down line near the skyline. There are two ...
Ken Strachan 31/08/2018
If you want to know what the station at Woodford Halse looked like, you could do worse than climb up to the attic of the Social Club, and inspect this ...
Ken Strachan 28/07/2018
The lower and plainer bridge parapet on the left belonged to the Stratford-on-Avon and Midland Joint; while the blue brick and dressed stone on the ...
Ken Strachan 04/02/2011







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 is east from the ...
Ken Strachan 14/08/2015