• Facebook Groups -  with photographs, announcements and discussions
    • Great Central Railway - The official Facebook page of the preserved Great Central Railway from Leicester North to Loughborough.  A public group, no membership application required.
    • GCR Leicester Central Railway Station - “A Page to share pictures of Leicester Central Railway station and Surrounding Area before and after Closure.”  A private group, application for membership required.
    • Great Central Railway Remembered - “This is a group to discuss the Great Central Railway, post pictures into albums and have a good time.”  A private group, application for membership required.
    • GCR-Greater Great Central (Leicester North to Ruddington) - “Heritage Railway Leicester North to Ruddington including Mountsorrel and Gotham”.  A private group, application for membership required.


  • The Railway Archive is a superb site with lots more photographs of the Great Central Railway, including pictures from the world-famous Newton collection of its construction, taken by S.W. Newton.   Go to and enter the keyword Leicester in the search box.
  • The Railway Archive also has detailed original plans of the Great Central Railway from Annesley to Rugby at




  • The Great Central Railway plc runs steam and heritage diesel hauled trains between Loughborough Central and Leicester North. The section between Loughborough and Rothley is the only preserved double track main line in the world.  For details see




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