I took this shot about five years ago. This sign is on the wall at the Great Central train station in Loughborough, Leicestershire.
The Great Central Railway (GCR) is a heritage railway split into two adjacent sections, one in Leicestershire and the other Nottinghamshire.
The Leicestershire section is currently Britain’s only double track mainline heritage railway, with 5.25 miles (8.45 km) of working double track, period signalling, locomotives and rolling stock and, with the completion of the Mountsorrel Railway Project, will be the only heritage line in Britain with an industrial branchline spur. It runs for 7.75 miles (12.47 km) in total from the large market town of Loughborough to a new terminus just north of Leicester. Four stations are in daily operation, each restored to a period in the railway’s commercial history, the 1950s (Loughborough Central), World War II and the remainder of the 1940s (Quorn & Woodhouse), the Edwardian Era (Rothley) and the 1960s (Leicester North).
The Nottinghamshire section is based around a rail and road vehicle preservation site at Ruddington called the Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre, which runs occasional steam and diesel passenger services south to Rushcliffe Halt. On other days the service covers 10 miles (16.1 km) from Ruddington to the Midland Main Line at Loughborough. The bridges over the national network were demolished before they could be purchased and preserved, so both companies have stated their intentions of rejoining the two railways to create a single running double-track line of 18 miles (29 km). Other medium and long-term projects have been considered, such as the reinstatement of an ex-BR steam shed and further extensions to Leicester Abbey in the south and Nottingham Greenwood in the north.
Black and white conversion, sepia toned.
Canon EOS 20D / Canon USM 28mm-105mm lens.