Great Central Railway Autumn Gala

Steam galas at the GCR are always worth a visit due to the intensive operation that is possible on this unique 8-mile section of double-track railway.
Our preferred spot tends to be the station at Quorn as the field used for car-parking is so convenient. Also, good views of the trains are possible from the station surroundings including the road bridge.

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A freight train approaches Quorm and Woodhouse Station.
The Traveling Post Office (TPO) is worth watching here as well as `letters` are dropped and collected from the line-side. The train is only traveling at 30 mph (they used to travel - at night - at up to 80mph) but it is still an awesome spectacle as the train hurtles past.

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A successful drop-off of letters.
The road-bridge at Loughborough Central also offers good views of activities although high walls and obtrusive housing development can detract from the experience.

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From the road bridge at Loughborough Central.

In conclusion, this railway does not offer as great a variety of `views` as some, but the double-track operation certainly provides plenty of entertainment.

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