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Time lapse following route of GCR on BBC website

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trevwilliams

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Found this on the bbc site. Describing it as the HS2 of its day Its following the route as far as possible using a car and on foot.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-37320821

Fifty years since the closure of the Great Central Railway line to London, the BBC has travelled the length of the route through Nottinghamshire.

Sections of the former line now operate heritage railway lines, but much of the route is now wild countryside, housing or - in the case of Nottingham's former railway station - a shopping centre.

Construction of the line, which has been described as the "HS2 of its day", started in 1894.
 
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I was there on the last day travelling from Harrow on the Hill to Brackley and then back to Marylebone. Had spent the previous couple of years travelling Harrow to Marylebone every Saturday (half single 1/3 in old money) on the 11.15 from Nottingham Victoria. Back to South Kenton on the Bakerloo with my school pass! It was the last steam in north London. Still vividly remember the poor state of the engines and the general air of dilapidation.
Should have been HS2......hindsight is a wonderful thing, but shortsightedness in the GC closure case in my mind is criminal !!!
 

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I was there on the last day travelling from Harrow on the Hill to Brackley and then back to Marylebone. Had spent the previous couple of years travelling Harrow to Marylebone every Saturday (half single 1/3 in old money) on the 11.15 from Nottingham Victoria. Back to South Kenton on the Bakerloo with my school pass! It was the last steam in north London. Still vividly remember the poor state of the engines and the general air of dilapidation.
Should have been HS2......hindsight is a wonderful thing, but shortsightedness in the GC closure case in my mind is criminal !!!

Except it goes nowhere near most of the places to be linked by HS 2 and despite the urban myth wasn't built to a particularly large loading gauge.
 
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