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The Great Central Railway is a heritage railway running between Loughborough, to the south, and Leicester, to the north. There is an extensive double track section between Loughborough and Rothley. On top of this the Great Central has now been granted permission to run at 60mph for specific purposes such as testing locomotives and rolling stock.
This is a classic GCR location on a minor road just off A6.
Railway type and traffic
The railway runs as a steam main line, with the occasional diesel working at the weekends
See the railway’s website
for more information.
A quiet lane off of the A6
When heading north up the A6, towards Loughborough, turn left just before the end of the dual carriageway into a dead end lane.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location GCR, Woodthorpe Bridge map co-ordinates
There is roadside parking next to the location, during galas and events this may get busy.
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GCR, Woodthorpe Bridge
GCR, Woodthorpe Bridge general view map
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GCR, Woodthorpe Bridge
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The line runs roughly north to south so shots can be had throughout the day, although the direction of the sun will favour southbound workings.
General views - All photographs © Mike Snow unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north
Fig 2 - Looking north - Picture by Scott Borthwick
Fig 3 - Looking north - Picture by Scott Borthwick
Fig 4 - Looking south - Picture by Scott Borthwick
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