On June 20th 2014, a group of nine members attended the first GCR Model Railway Event, held over three days June 20th – 22nd. This event featured not only a model railway show with over 50 layouts and around 30 traders, but also a full operating timetable along the full length of the heritage railway between Loughborough Central and Leicester North (formerly Belgrave and Birstall). The ticket price of £13 each for seniors covering show entrance and unlimited hop-on/off travel on the Great Central represented excellent value for money.
A very large hard-sided marquee, erected on the site of the former goods yard at Quorn & Woodhouse station, housed the majority of the layouts and traders, with the remainder at Loughborough Central and Rothley Stations. The main workshops at Loughborough were also open to visitors.
Motive power on “the big railway” satisfied enthusiasts for both steam and diesel traction – for the former, both Class 9F 92214 and Ivatt 2-6-0 46521 were in service, whilst Class 55 Deltic D9016 was the oil-burner on duty. The big 9F was resplendent in newly-painted lined green livery, reminiscent of “Evening Star” (less the copper-capped chimney!). The superb paint job was funded by Bachmann, one of the main event sponsors.
Numerous photos were taken, a few of which are shown below:-