GCR Reopening

C37

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Went on the first train since closure in March. Running from Woodhouse to Leicester North and back.
The compartment was £11 for myself and a little one (less expensive than a ticket on the mainline) I think a very reasonable price.

Sadly Loughborough station is still shut as the coaches are cleaned there, which is a shame as it is always good to go and have a look at the goings on at the shed. Still, the static Black 5 and Class 37 at Woodhouse was a very nice touch, with a rare opportunity to get on the footplate.
Masks had to be worn on the platforms but were allowed to be removed in the compartments. I wonder if this will continue in the future as other railways don't require masks outside on platforms?
One way system on the coaches worked well.

All in all an enjoyable day and a big well done to all the volunteers who have adapted and put in measures, they seemed as happy to be back as I was (and assured the passengers that they were smiling behind their masks!)
If you want to ride the train (and I thoroughly reccomend) you do need to purchase a ticket on line in advance.

Hopefully there will be many more events in the weeks and months to come and one day we can get back to roaming the stations.
 
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Scrotnig

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I don’t understand why Loughborough has to be closed.

It’s a big place. There must surely be somewhere they can clean the coaches without the need to shut the whole station.

Or is there some other reason I’m missing?
 

trebor79

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I don’t understand why Loughborough has to be closed.

It’s a big place. There must surely be somewhere they can clean the coaches without the need to shut the whole station.

Or is there some other reason I’m missing?
Would make more sense to shut Leicester North and clean the coaches there, given there's nothing to do there. I've always thought it's a bit of a barren anticlimactic end to the journey.
 

LowLevel

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It's not just for cleaning - Loughborough's access is via a very narrow booking hall and staircase - hopefully it'll be available in one form or another before long but for now controlling safe entry and exit to the station is a problem that requires thought to solve effectively. There is also only one small, slow lift for those who can't use the stairs.

As baby steps are still being taken and we are learning all the time hopefully this will be resolved before too long.
 

C37

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Possibly the car parking situation is what swung it? I guess they wanted passengers to all embark and alight from the same location and Woodhouse/Quorn does have better parking facilities and is the first station down from the shed at Lougborough.
As I said in OP I hope that in time all the stations will open and that we can go back to roaming, I certainly miss a sausage sandwich and a cup of tea with a coal fire burning at Loughborough!
Can only imagine the reams of red tape and government regulations that the volunteers have to follow and the opening weekend will have been testing the water.
 

Flying Phil

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Would make more sense to shut Leicester North and clean the coaches there, given there's nothing to do there. I've always thought it's a bit of a barren anticlimactic end to the journey.
Very glad that the railway is slowly but surely being re-opened. I noticed that there is now quite a bit of track being stored at L North, together with some angle iron roof trusses.....could something be happening there soon?
 

Flying Phil

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This weekend's passenger trains went well and there was a good, well spaced, number of people at Quorn. The Butler Henderson cafe was busy, as was the beer tent. Witherslack Hall was sparkling in the sunshine hauling 6 coaches. The NER railcar was also running. It was possible to buy tickets on the day, as there were some vacancies on the trains.
 

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Witherslack Hall arriving at Quorn with 45305 simmering in the yard. Both yard locomotives offering Cab visits for donations.
 

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