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Growing up with the Great Central Railway in Loughborough by Mike Jones, County Councillor

I lived with my parents and brother, from 1945 to 1964, ( age 3 to 21 ) at 19 Little Moor Lane, which was about 250yards from the station. The houses were, I was told by my father, built for the railway workers around the turn of the century. As such they were reckoned to be of higher standard construction than most of the terraced rows of that period.
We were so close to the station that I recall, on many occasions, being showered in my pushchair with "fine rain" when the Locomotives were letting off steam, and my mother coming out to take me indoors. Also, on wet days, the sound of Loco's skidding on the tracks as they tried to start, and the consequent chug-chug-chug of the Engine, could be heard clearly from our back yard.

Around ten to nine each evening - you didn't say 8.50pm in those days - All the youngsters in the street, and some parents, would run up to the "boards" at the top of the lane to see the "Master Cutler" speed by, sparks from the boiler furnace flying through the air, and the fireman clearly visible in the glow of the fire, heaving more coal onto the blaze. I still recall my brother Pete; Ralph, Barry & Graham Cripps, Dave Onslow and others racing to be first to the fence that helped us to climb the boards for a good view.

Other Trains that I recall were the "Milk Train", the "Fish Train" and the one with Iron Ore Wagons. All goods trains had a Guards Van at the end, with a swinging lantern, and those were the days when the Driver AND the Guard would wave to you. Our special outing, from time to time was to travel by passenger train to Leicester Central Station to shop and to eat at "Timsons Pie Shop" on Belgrave Gate. Another memory from that time was the delivery of large wicker-baskets of pigeons which were often released on the platform and circled the station several times before their built-in "radar" clicked in and they headed back home

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A very busy scene at the construction site of Loughborough Central Station, sometime around 1897. Little Moor Lane is to the right of the picture

A very busy scene at the construction site of Loughborough Central Station, sometime around 1897. Little Moor Lane is to the right of the picture
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The National Railway Museum's flagship locomotive - pioneer V2 class 2-6-2, No. 60800 GREEN ARROW - stands outside Loughborough shed in the summer of 2002.

The National Railway Museum's flagship locomotive - pioneer V2 class 2-6-2, No. 60800 GREEN ARROW - stands outside Loughborough shed in the summer of 2002.
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A quiet moment at Leicester Central Station

A quiet moment at Leicester Central Station
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