Old Photographs

This section has old photographs from just before closure of the section of the ex-Great Central Railway around Leicester, and during its demolition.
It is split into the following subsections

Train Leicester Central

Trains - Local passenger trains around Leicester Central Station just before its closure, and trains in the goods yard and the scrap yards which opened there.

Leicester Central

Leicester Central - Photographs of Leicester Central Station prior to closure, and other structures round about.


Leicester Central in Colour - Colour photographs of Leicester Central Station prior to closure, courtesy of Phil Herrick.

Nottingham - Rugby

Nottingham - Rugby - A trip by train from Leicester Central to Nottingham and Rugby a couple of weeks before closure of the line.

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Last Day & Demolition - Photographs of Leicester Central station on the last day of passenger trains, demolition of Leicester Central, and photographs around, courtesy of John Bailey.


Dereliction & Demolition - Photographs of Leicester Central station derelict and during demolition.  Also the derelict Leicester Central locomotive shed and carriage sidings.  Courtesy of David Putt.

Goods offices

Around Leicester - Photographs of Great Central scenes around Leicester.


Leicester Demolition 1 - The demolition of Great Central Railway bridges and buildings from Belgrave & Birstall southwards to Leicester Central Station.


Leicester Demolition 2 - The demolition of Great Central Railway bridges and buildings from from Leicester Central Station southwards through Leicester.

West Bridge

West Bridge - The viaduct at West Bridge around the time of its demolition.

Demolition Nottingham

Nottingham - Photographs of some of the structures south of Victoria station and their demolition.


South to Ruddington - A brakevan trip through Nottingham and south to Ruddington, shortly before this route was closed, courtesy of Steve Richards.

Stanford viaduct

Loughborough - Photographs of trains on the ex-GCR north of Loughborough, and of the bridge over the ex-Midland main line.

steam train at Quorn & Woodhouse station

Early Days of Preservation - Photographs of MLPG publicity events, activity at Loughborough Central, and MLST trains between Quorn & Woodhouse and Loughborough in 1973.  Including photographs courtesy of Phil Herrick.

To see more old photographs of other railways in this area visit my Railway Photo Galleries.

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