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Effort put into spitfire displays 'unreal'

The only Spitfire in the world with a complete original cockpit and working 27 Litre Rolls Royce Engine was on display at Quorn and Woodhouse station today.

Visitors through the day got a flavour of the life in the 1940s with period entertainment alongside military vehicles:


Visitors at Grand Central Railways back to the 1940s

Visitors to stations along the Grand Central Railways were transported back to the 1940s this weekend.

Watch how hundreds of re-enactors brought war time Britain to life:

The event takes place every year at various stations across Leicestershire.

It was an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the vehicles, artillery and clothes worn by people more than sixty years ago.

Children to experience World War evacuation on railway

The Great Central Railway in Loughborough Credit: ITV News Central

500 schoolchildren from across the Midlands will be experiencing life as a Second World War evacuee at the Great Central Railway.

They will be boarding steam trains from Leicester and Loughborough for a return trip into history.

It is all part of the first day of the Great Central Railway's annual Wartime Weekend event.

Great Central Railway bosses 'grateful' for donation

Bosses at the Great Central Railway have said they are "deeply grateful" for a £25,000 donation towards a £1million plan to build a new bridge in Loughborough.

The money was donated by the 9F Locomotive Charitable Trust in memory of trustee Peter Lang, who was also a regular volunteer.

He died earlier this year, shortly before the deal to build the new bridge over the Midlane Mainline at Loughborough was announced.

The money brings the total raised to £333,000 - exactly a third of the total needed.

Bill Ford, from the Great Central Railway, thanked the trust for the donation.

We are deeply grateful for every donation we receive, but we were particularly humbled by the donation made in memory of Peter.

He is missed by many.

On behalf of everyone from the northern and southern section of the railway we would like to record our deepest gratitute.

The appeal total has jumped upwards giving us exactly a third of a million pounds, meaning we can go into 2014 with renewed confidence.

– Bill Ford, Great Central Railway


Cash boost for £1m Great Central Railway bridge plans

A bid to raise £1million to build a new bridge for the Great Central Railway is a third of the way to their total after a cash boost.

The Great Central Railway Credit: Ben Birchall/PA

A gift of £25,000 donated in memory of a former volunteer has bumped up the total raised to £333,000.

The money is needed to build a bridge across the Midland Mainline at Loughborough.

Mayor calls railway museum 'exciting opportunity'

The Great Central Railway's plan for a new museum, to be built in Leicester, is expected to cost £15million in total.

Alongside the proposed £10million lottery grant, submitted to the National Heritage Fund, £5million of additional match funding would be required.

A striking building is planned for construction, alongside the Great Central Railway's Leicester North station where the museum will be connected to the running lines, allowing for inter-changeable displays.

Drumming up support for the project, City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said:

This is a really exciting opportunity to create a heritage railway centre of national standing in Leicester...

...The museum will house items which are of both national importance and local interest, complementing the nearby National Space Centre and Abbey Pumping Station, helping to enhance the city's reputation as an important visitor destination.

Railway museum to create jobs for hundreds

The proposed railway museum to be built in Leicester could create up to a thousand new jobs.

An economic impact study, carried out as part of the £10million funding bid, suggests the project will be worth £43million to the local economy over five years.

Leicester City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, has called it an exciting opportunity to enhance the city's reputation as an important visitor destination and said:

"It will create hundreds of new jobs, both during construction and on opening, while providing training opportunities in the rail industry for dozens of young people. We're fully committed to this project and will be working with the Great Central Railway to help them deliver this ambitious scheme.

Along with 300 short-term construction jobs, annual visitor figures are expected to reach 230,000, and so additional spending could create more than 900 jobs for the surrounding area.

£10 million bid lodged for new railway museum

The Great central Railway have submitted a bid for £10million to the Heritage Lottery Fund. for the building of a new railway museum in Leicester.

Filled with priceless artefacts from the national collection, the new attraction will be based at GCR's terminus in Leicester North.

Plans for the new museum have been described as "world class" and Managing Director of the Great Central Railway Bill Ford said:

This is a visionary project. In the last 12 months the partners have worked hard to prepare the funding bid. The museum will help people reconnect with Leicester's railway story and our shared heritage. Together with our thriving steam line, we're confident tens of thousands of people will visit every year.

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