Image courtesy of R. Eborall (c) - taken during a recent photo charter under organised conditions


The latest LNER (GC) Heritage Trust News is....


27th June 2019 - 'Pane in the Glass' no more!

We are delighted to announce that through a couple of very generous sponsors, the cost of materials and fitting to repair the broken windows at Rushcliffe Halt has been achieved and, even better, the repair has already taken place. Thank you.


23rd June 2019 - 'Pane in the Glass' Rushcliffe Halt Vandalism Appeal Launched

It is sad to report that the next item of news also relates to vandalism - now the smashing of the Station Windows at Rushcliffe Halt. The damage is believed to have occurred late last week, with five of the down platform shelter windows having been smashed.

For an entirely volunteer based project, precious resources of both time and money will now have to be diverted away from the main focus of attention - the ongoing efforts to recreate the unique station setting that is provided by Rushcliffe Halt on the GCR in Nottinghamshire to both repair the damage and to develop measures to deter such destructive activity in the future.

If you would like to help please consider making a donation via the links below. Please make reference to the 'Pane in the Glass' Appeal so that we can allocate funds to this appeal for Rushcliffe Halt.


19th May 2019 - A tenth of the way there...

Last week saw donations top £8000. We are overwhelmed by the support offered to counter the vandalism attack by the hundreds who have donated so far. 

THANK YOU 

...if you have yet to do so please consider making a donation to assist with the the recovery. Just click the buttons below.

Please include the reference 'We will not be broken' as you make your donation so that it can be allocated to this fund. Please help if you can.


12th May 2019

THANK YOU to all who have donated so far, however small or large, you have helped us reach £6000 so far...

...if you have yet to do so please consider making a donation to assist with the the recovery. Just click the buttons below.

Please include the reference 'We will not be broken' as you make your donation so that it can be allocated to this fund. Please help if you can.



11th May 2019 -  'Project Slide' Complete 

Thanks to the generosity of the photographer Roger Kingshott, the Trust has been allowed to scan his slide collection of the GCR for use by the Trust. There are some fantastic - and historically significant images that will be used appropriately for all to enjoy. THANK YOU very much Roger. Given the anniversary last week, we start with an image of East Leake Station.

Image courtesy of Roger Kingshott (c)


5th May 2019 - Thank you

Exactly fifty years after the closure of the Great Central Railway and East Leake Station, your overwhelming support has shown why the latest act of vandalism will not break the spirit of the railway. 

We have had hundreds of donations giving the 'We will not be broken' Appeal a great start. Apologies if there have been any issues as we work through the backlog. THANK YOU for your support and generosity.

The commemorative trains that ran to mark the occasion show why what we do is so important to keep the memory of a main line steam railway alive.

If you have already donated thank you. If you have yet to do so please consider making a donation using the links below. Please include the reference 'We will not be broken' as you make your donation so that it can be allocated to this fund. Please help if you can.


1st May 2019 - 'We will not be broken' Appeal Launched

The project has been overwhelmed by support since the sad news of the vandal attack on the railway that broke yesterday. Thank you all for the kind words and offers of support.

Following on from the attack reported yesterday the GCRN and LNER(GC) Heritage Trust have worked together to get an appeal fund launched in an attempt to redress some of the damage caused. The appeal is to specifically cover the costs of repair to the damage  to the rolling stock and costs of improving site security to preserve and protect our transport heritage.

Donations can be made via either Virgin Giving or Paypal as linked below. Please include the reference 'We will not be broken' as you make your donation so that it can be allocated to this fund. Please help if you can.

Thank you for your support.


30th April 2019 - Extensive Vandal Attack - Can you help?

Unfortunately the Trust has to report an extensive vandal attack on the railway and it's rolling stock on the evening of 29th April. Five coaches were attacked - with near enough every window panel being smashed. This is the culmination of a period of damage being found at the Ruddington site.

For an entirely voluntary organisation focused on preserving transport history this attack is devastating. The financial loss of the 112 windows - estimated to cost at least £80,000 to replace is bad enough but this does not take into account the time and effort needed to recover from this and get the vehicles into a usable condition once more to say nothing on the impact of the volunteers who freely give up their time to further the project only to see their efforts attacked in such a way. The damage to one is so extensive it may need to be scrapped.

If you have any information that may assist the ongoing enquiries, please contact Nottinghamshire Police quoting Incident Number: 765-29042019 or contact us via info@gcrn.co.uk or 0115 9405705


15th March 2019 - Use Virgin Money Giving to donate to the Trust

We have now made making a donation to the LNER(GC) Heritage Trust even easier by giving the option of donating via Virgin Money Giving. Just click the button to make a donation.


23rd February 2019 - Use Paypal to donate to the Trust 

Making a donation to the LNER (GC) Heritage Trust has just got even easier with the creation of a Paypal account for the Trust. Just click on the Paypal button to make a donation



HAPPY NEW YEAR!

- Issue 94 of Driving Wheels should be with you now 

For all the latest news and progress from the railway and heritage centre, read the latest issue of Driving Wheels - now available and should have landed on the doormats of members over the Christmas and New Year break.


11th November 2018 - Remembrance



2nd November 2018 - Great progress to regain another item of Great Central Heritage

Followers of all things Great Central will be pleased to know that at the recent supporters day for the 567 Group, the assembled frames of the new build loco - No. 567 were unveiled. This is a landmark in the construction of any locomotive - especially when it represents a step towards creating only the second GC passenger locomotive in existence. For up to date news and details on how to support this project, please visit the GCR567 website


30th September 2018 - Hotchley Hill Signal Box Appeal passes £6000

The Trust is delighted to announce that the appeal to stabilise and restore Hotchley Hill Signal Box has passed the £6000 mark. This is significant because it means that the Trust can progress obtaining quotes to repair and make watertight the roof as the enabler to let further restoration work commence. Thank you so much to those who have kindly donated so far. Please click here to find details of how you can support this project and make the dream of trains being controlled from this vantage point a reality once more.


Summer news - Issue 93 of Driving Wheels released

For all the latest news and progress from the railway and heritage centre, read the latest issue of Driving Wheels - now available and landing on the doormats of members.


18th June 2018 - Transport Collection Building Structure Erected

Supporters will be pleased to know that the project to erect the transport collection extension building, supported jointly by the LNER(GC) Heritage Trust and the East Midlands Railway Trust, has reached the stage of the steelwork being erected.For details of the project click here. For details of how to donate click here.


16th May 2018 - Latest Accounts Available

We are pleased to advise members that copies of the 2018 LNER(GC) Heritage Trust Report and Accounts are now available  - and will be available to members at the General Meeting on Sat 9th June, or via email request. Email
contactus@lnergcheritagetrust.co.uk giving your name and membership number, please.

If any member wishes to make contact about any Trust matters, please email contactus@lnergcheritagetrust.co.uk 


15th May 2018 - THANK YOU - The first donations have been received towards the Rushcliffe Halt Footbridge Fund. A very big thank you to those who have donated so far. Please consider donating if you can towards the replacement of this piece of infrastructure and providing a fantastic vantage point to watch the trains pass beneath. For details of the project click here. For details of how to donate click here.


11th May 2018 - Raising the Roof - After months of preparation by the dedicated volunteers, the steelwork for the Transport Collection Building extension has started to be erected. This work is being jointly funded between the LNER(GC) Heritage Trust and the East Midland Railway Trust and it is great to see physical progress made. For details of the project click here. For details of how to donate click here.



14th April 2018 - Driving Wheels Issue 92 Published

The latest issue of Driving Wheels has been published and should be on it's way to members. Read to get the latest updates across all areas of the railway and heritage centre. This issue contains the notice of the General Meeting for members. We look forward to meeting you.


8th April 2018 - Advance notice of General Meeting

To be concurrent with the official notice of the next General Meeting, which should be arriving through members doors in the latest edition of Driving Wheels in the near future, members should be advised that the meeting date has been set for Saturday 9th June at 11:00 a.m. at the White Hart, Gregory Street, Lenton, Nottingham, NG7 2LT. We look forward to seeing members there and having the opportunity to discuss progress on how the Trust has and continues to support the Great Central in Nottinghamshire and Transport Heritage Centre.


 


29th March 2018 -

Happy Easter to all our supporters


23rd March 2018 - Another 'STEP' forward... The LNER(GC) Heritage Trust is delighted to announce it's support of the project to allow commencement of restoration of the footbridge for Rushcliffe Halt. The first support has been brought from store to allow restoration to commence. Click here if you would like to support this project.


11th March 2018 - THANK YOU - The first donations have been received towards the Hotchley Hill Signal Box Fund. A very big thank you to those who have donated so far. Please consider donating if you can towards this historic and vital piece of railway infrastructure. For details of the project click here. For details of how to donate click here.


2nd February 2018 - TORNADO HAS ARRIVED! - The visit of A1 60163 'Tornado' to the Great Central Railway in Nottinghamshire over the weekend of 10th / 11th February is a reality with the successful delivery of Tornado to Ruddington today.

For full details and to book your seats please visit the GCR(N) event page





2nd January 2018 - Driving Wheels Issue 91 Published.

The latest issue of Driving Wheels has been published and should be on it's way to members. Read to get the latest updates across all areas of the railway and heritage centre.


HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR SUPPORTERS


Wilford Brickworks in June 1969 - Image courtesy of B. Jeyes (c)


19th October 2017 - Local Photographer gives permission to use his historic photos. The LNER(GC) Heritage Trust is delighted to announce that local photographer, Bryan Jeyes, has given permission for the Trust to use his photographs of the GC for both historical record and education of current and future generations. Thank you Bryan. 





17th September 2017 - GCR Coach 946 dedicated to the fallen of the GCR. Newly restored GCR coach - No. 946 was dedicated a special ceremony organised by the GC Rolling Stock Trust to mark the fallen GCR employees of World War 1.





14th September 2017 - Driving Wheels Issue 90 Published. The latest issue of Driving Wheels has been published and should be on it's way to members. Read to get the latest updates across all areas of the railway and heritage centre.


10th September 2017 - Milepost 83 1/4 Donated. A small but important piece of GCR heritage has been generously donated to the Trust. Milepost 83 1/4 stood at Wilford - just north of Ruddington. Thank you very much Mike Kerry.


4th September 2017 - Commemorative Plaque Unveiled for Nottingham Victoria. 50 years to the day since Nottingham Victoria was closed, a commemorative plaque has been unveiled at the foot of the clock tower at the Victoria Shopping Centre - the last remaining significant piece of the station surviving. Thanks to Nottingham's Railways Remembered and INTU for marking this important piece of GC history in Nottinghamshire, reminding current and informing future generations of what the shopping centre once was.


3rd September 2017 - Dawn of the Greater Great Central Railway. 51 years to the day since the GCR was closed as a through route and saw the loss of steam, this date can now be remembered for something far more positive. After a successful lift into position overnight (click here for more details), the dream of the 18 mile Greater Great Central Railway is one step closer. Help us perpetuate the Great Central motto - FORWARD - to develop the railway further.




Some further images - the new bridge in place and the first train to pass under it.



1st September 2017 - Trust Website is launched LNER(GC) Heritage Trust is pleased to announce the launch of it's new website. Please check back regularly for the latest news and information


25th August 2017 - Assembly starts of the crane to lift the bridge into position. ...with the bridge itself planned to be lifted in during September. Read more here


16th July - Piling Complete, first bridge sections positioned. A landmark in the bridge construction has been reached with piling completed and the installation of the first concrete bridge sections. Read more here


10th June 2017 - Bridge Piling Work Begins! - Yes, it really is happening, bridge construction has commenced with the piling work. Read more here


24th May 2017 - Bus PD1 is re-registered - It is now official - Trust bus PD1 is can once again be considered a vehicle - it having successfully been re-registered with the DVLA.


24th April 2017 - LNER(GC) Trust can be supported when you shop online The LNER(GC) Heritage Trust is now registered with Easy Fundraising meaning that everytime you shop on-line you could be donating to the Trust - at no cost except for a few additional clicks of the mouse. All you have to do is register with Easy Fundraising (don't forget to Gift Aid if you can), adopt the Trust as your good cause and remember to go through Easy Fundraising before you shop.


10th April 2017 - Tracklaying starts into Platform 2 Contractors started work this week to lay track alongside Platform 2 at Ruddington.


5th April 2017 - Annesley Lamp Hut Saved The Trust is happy to report that the Lamp hut from Annesley - believed to be only one of two surviving - has been moved for restoration to the GCR at Swithland.

Image courtesy of R. Eborall (c)


22nd March 2017 - Bridge Work Starts The Trust is delighted to report that work has started on the groundworks in preparation for construction of the bridge, planned for installation in the late summer. Read more here