New GCR bridge to link heritage rail lines

Loughborough Station on the Great Central Railway
First part of £2.5m bridge at Great Central Railway now installed
Published Tue, 2017-09-05 14:28

Part of a railway bridge at Loughborough has now been moved into place by a 1,000 tonne crane, which will allow the Great Central Railway to eventually connect to the Midland Mainline and link up with the other stretch of GCR line from Ruddington.




Loughborough Station on the Great Central Railway © Nick MacNeill - Creative Commons Licence

Hundreds of rail enthusiasts turned up to see the crane install the new steel bridge deck across two concrete abutments that will link two stretches of the historic railway as part of the £2.5million project

After the closure of the original Great Central Line by British Rail in 1969, part of the route survived but had a number of changes when two bridges and an embankment were removed, physically dividing the line. Both separate lines have been preserved as heritage lines, but this construction will be the first key-piece of infrastructure to be reinstated. The GCR is currently the only standard gauge heritage railway in the UK with double tracks outside of stations.

Construction of the new bridge and rail link will give the southern half of the Great Central access to the national network, meaning excursion trains will be able to access the planned new Heritage Lottery funded rail museum which is currently under construction.

For more information and updates on the project, visit the Great Central Railway website.

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