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Great Central Railway General Matters

Discussion in 'Heritage Railways & Centres in the UK' started by Reading General, Nov 11, 2017.

  1. Johann Marsbar

    Johann Marsbar Well-Known Member

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    I'm actually hoping to attend the GCR AGM the following weekend to that (13th) and was going to bring up the website issues and the much more restricted advance information that seems to be available now, compared to previous years.
    The advance notice aspect is the biggest failing at the moment and could well be losing them customers.....
     
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    Thanks to all. I eventually managed to speak to someone in the office, and when i mentioned the website he heaved a huge sigh. So i guess its not just me. Anyway, it turns out that that they are running every wednesday, thursday and weekends in July.
    They have published dates for June, even though many oif them say "timetable to be confirmed". You might thunk they would know by now...
    There is no real clue as to what trains are actually running that weekend 6/7 or on 10/11 July, so i guess we will just have to turn up and hope for the best.
    I suggest that the website does need an urgent overhaul.
    It looks like now we will be visiting on 10/11 July. Whats the best advice for someone who has not visited before to get well soaked in the line? What kind of itinery and places not to be missed are there?
     
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    Feedback from a potential customer is that it’s crazy not listing timetable information for anything but the month it is. Certainly in my case I’m looking at things to do with my children over the summer holidays and the lack of information doesn’t help. I also note the Facebook page is largely the same with very much a focus on the now rather than what’s coming up.
     
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    I was hoping to take my family to the Night Rail event (See post #993) but didn't go in the end, because there was no clear information about it on the website until it was too late for us to book accommodation.
     
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    I think part of the problem for the night rail event is that, in the original events plan I believe it was to be a 1940's/WW2 event, then due to the official 80th Anniversary of D Day events, many enactors would have been elsewhere, so it became a general 1940's event.....then a night rail event....so all changing. Plus many staff are having changed roles with the redundancy challenges.
     
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    so looking at our visit - we have not been to the GCR ever before. We are staying in Leicester. I am wondering what sort of itinery we should use.
    There doesnt seem to be much at Leicester North, so i guess we would not start our day there - even though its handy for the hotel and the station seems to have parking.
    But at Loughborough, there doesnt seem to be any parking (the website just says to park along the road).
    So where is best to start a day on the railway, and what are the "not to be missed" things. We are going to be there on a Thursday in July, so the website gives no indication of the timetable - we are a bit in the dark and would appreciate some help and guidance.
    Ian C
     
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    There isn't really anything at Leicester North, and it's in a pretty miserable area.

    There's reasonable amounts of street parking in Loughborough within easy walking distance of the station.

    Quorn and Rothley are both nice, and have ample parking.

    Chris
     
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    Thanks for that. Is it worth going to Ruddington or is the northern section totally dead?
    And is it possible to do any kind of exploration north of Loughborough station towards the sheds and the mssing link?
    Ian
     
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    You should be able to walk down to beyond the signalbox and view the shed using the provided walkway from the north end of the station platform. That will take you as far as the road bridge just to the south of the shed building, though a chain has been preventing access to the shed area itself on most of my recent visits. Your visit may correspond with one of the shed visit sessions arranged by Flying Phil though he'll most probably message on here about those.
    No access has been available to the north of the shed for quite a while, but the canal bridge can easily be viewed from the canal towpath and the other completed works and the future work sites can all be viewed from public roads - just have a look at the Google maps satellite views beforehand to work out likely spots.
    Information from the "North" is fairly sparse, but the Ruddington site is open to the public and the cafe is worth a visit there, plus there is the Model Engineers minature line and the bus preservation operation.
     
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    Thanks, that's really helpful.
    Ian
     
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    As you said you're going on a Thursday, most likely it'll be a single train up and down all day, at a guess probably three round trips, so I would factor that into your thinking as you'll have some long waits at the intermediate stations if you choose to break your journey there. With that in mind, from Leicester I would drive to Rothley and park there, get the first southbound train, the run-round at Leicester North gives enough time to look at what little there is, and then head north to Loughborough. On the way past look at Quorn out of the window and decide if there is enough there to stop off and see on the way back (it's good if you like wagons; there is also a decent cafe). You could break journey at Loughborough and again at Quorn, or pick one or the other and spend more time on the train. You're not likely to get things like shed tours and the garden railway running on a Thursday, unfortunately.

    People closer than me to Ruddington keep hinting at trains resuming 'soon' but I haven't seen anything official. In any case I'm not sure if they even open the site on a Thursday. There is stuff to see at the weekend though.
     
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    The Ruddington site might be unlocked on Thursday but, it will be a skeleton set of volunteers there who will be focused primarily on their own work.

    I know some on site would give you a quick tour, others are 'less accommodating', so it is pretty much pot luck. That said a general walk around, staying in the public areas, would generally have no issues.
     
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    Hi Ian
    I can confirm that the "Boscastle Shed Tours" are being offered to visitors on the weekend of July 6/7th. They take place at regular intervals from 10.30 until 3.30 (The shed is closed at 4 pm). They take between 30 - 40 mins and are free, but a donation towards the overhaul of Boscastle is appreciated :D. You just need to walk up to the signal box and join the next tour.
     

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