|GREAT CENTRAL RAILWAY
Based at Loughborough, the Great Central Railway runs for 8 miles over the former Great Central Railway's 'London Extension', which ran from London Marylebone to Nottingham Victoria. The London Extension was the vision of Sir Edward Watkin, and formed part of a grander scheme to link the Midlands with continental Europe through a tunnel under the English Channel. Sadly the line never fulfilled its full potential, closing in 1966 (some 30 years before Channel Tunnel was opened). Today's GCR is unique in railway preservation, as it is the only preserved main line steam railway with double track. The line has 5 miles of double track from Loughborough to Rothley and further 3 miles of single line to Leicester (which it hopes to double in the future). The line is home to 15 ex-BR steam locomotives and an impressive display of rolling stock (including its TPO (Traveling Post Office) coaches and 'windcutter' wagons).