Great Central Railway - Past, Present and Future

Here is the complete story of the fabled Great Central Railway, from the beginnings of the original pre-Grouping company in Victorian times to the establishment of the magnificent heritage operations at Loughborough we enjoy today, with Britain’s finest steam locomotives in action along the world’s only double track trunk railway in preservation.

This is the first volume to feature not only today’s Great Central Railway and its younger sister the Great Central Railway (Nottingham), but also all of the heritage venues that have been established on the original company’s routes.

There are the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre at Quainton Road, the Elsecar Heritage Railway and a relaid privately-owned section of the Great Central main line in Oxfordshire, plus the surviving electric traction from the much-lamented trans-Pennine Woodhead Route and the Grimsby & Immingham Tramway.

We take a detailed look at the locomotives and coaches that survive from the original GCR, the section that has been revived as a modern tramway in the Nottingham suburbs and the recent calls for the former main line – the biggest victim of the Beeching closures of the Sixties – to be revived as an alternative to HS2.

Author: Robin Jones