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A journey down Memory Lane: Contents

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No. Title Description
1  Personal Memories of the Great Central Railway in the Whetstone area by Terence Orton ' a lifetime resident of Blaby/Whetstone area  The Great Central railway was a part of my life for many years, from birth in 1942 through to its closure in the sixties. It had no direct influence over me, my father did not...
2  Memories of Terence Orton continued - Local Workings  There were a number of different workings through Whetstone with the previously mentioned prestige expresses to and from London exciting the imagination of little boys (and th...
3  Memories of Terence Orton continued - Happy Days  It is becoming apparent that my boyhood trainspotting memories are taking precedence over my less technical, more social recollections of the line and so I shall attempt to re...
4  Memories of Terence Orton continued - Trips and Services  Day trips on Saturdays and Sundays were very popular, with excursions to the East Coast resorts, from Hunstanton to Scarborough, and trips to London for ten shillings and sixp...
5  Memories of Terence Orton continued - Out for the Count  My motorcycling years of seventeen plus remind me of another G.C. related incident via the Whetstone Stationmaster, at the time being a Mr Billy (Merry or Martin - I cannot r...
6  Memories of Terence Orton continued - Trespassers  On another occasion much earlier, I was ten years old at the time, my friend and myself had just come out of Sunday School on a warm summer's day and decided to go up on the r...
7  Great Central Memories of John Willdig  I have always had a (soft spot) for steam railways. As you can imagine living where I do now (Mr Willdig lives in Loughborough) I and my family have had many trips on the grea...
8  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 fa...
9  Mike Jones remembers Loughborough GCR  Part of the way up Little Moor Lane on the right, was a roughly surfaced track that led to the Station Master's House. The Station Master I most remember was Mr Thorley who wa...
10  70 years of GCR Memories by J A Evans  Being in my 80th year my memories go back to the early 30's when my father's job brought him to Loughborough. I've always been interested in railway history, and am still a pr...
11  More J A Evans Memories  Later, I found out the GC section of the LNER was starting to receive a few A1 Pacifics displaced from the East Coast Main Line by newly built A4s and V2s. My father used to s...
12  Memories of the LNER by Bryan Jones  I have many memories of the LNER. I remember before the war living in Falcon Street, which went right up to the railway bank and the noise the overnight expresses made. The wh...
13  Reminiscences of the GCR by Jessie Long  I was born in 1912 near the GCR station in Loughborough. My parents often made the train journey into Leicester on Saturday afternoons catching the 1:36pm. I was taken as a ba...
14  Brief memories of Brian Axon - current Station Master at Loughborough Central Station  The current Station Master at Loughborough Central on the GCR Plc private railway is Brian Axon. Brian was born in Draycott Street in Liverpool. Brian recounts a couple of int...
15  Paul Tansley remembers the War Years on the GCR  I have a LNER 'Stock book' covering the approximate years of 1941 - 46; I would have been about twelve years old when I wrote out all that information and it was not an uncomm...
16  Paul Tansley remembers Robinsons and Thompsons  Among all of the Director's names is a Robinson Class B3 called 'Valour', this was often to be seen at Leicester and had a magnificent nameplate which commemorated the members...
17  Paul Tansley's Trainspotting days  At the end of Briton Street where I lived was the river and over this was a footbridge which many railway workers used every day, particularly to reach the extensive carriage ...
18  Paul Tansley and the Black Pad  There was always plenty to interest us on the Black Pad, the possibility of a rare loco from another region or 'copping' the last of a class you'd been waiting for, occasional...
19  Bryan Selby remembers the war years  I have many memories of the LNER. I remember before the war living in Falcon Street, which went right up to the railway bank and the noise the overnight expresses made. The wh...
20  Tom Chamberlain and his career with GCR/LNER  This is the story of Frank Thomas Chamberlain, popularly known as Tom (or Tommy), told by his daughter Mrs. Joyce Leonard. Tom was born on 24th November 1904 and died on 2nd A...
21  Tom Chamberlain's story continued  After the closure of the Great Central Line, Tom was transferred to the LMS line, based at London Road station in Leicester, where he had to learn to drive diesels. However, s...