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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 location is an embankment at the side of the new Loughborough ring road.
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.
The embankment of the Loughborough bypass at Woodthorpe. This is a very busy road, but you will either be on the embankment or in the field so no problems.
This is a new road and is, currently (October 04), not show on any of the map links
At the A6 junction to the north of Quorn continue west across the roundabout and the bridge is about 100 yards on from there.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location GCR, Loughborough By-pass map co-ordinates
DO NOT park on the main road.
Use the parking for Woodthorpe and walk back to the location, it will take a few minutes. You might prefer to park at the end of the lane as car will be visible if you'd prefer.
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GCR, Loughborough By-pass
GCR, Loughborough By-pass general view map
GCR, Loughborough By-pass close up map
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GCR, Loughborough By-pass
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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
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