Information about the
Great Central Railway Society
Who are we?
The Great Central Railway Society (GCRS) exists to promote an historical interest in the Great Central Railway (GCR) which existed until the Grouping of 1923 when it became
part of the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER). We are often confused with the heritage railway operation at Loughborough which is called the
Great Central Railway. Although we are supportors of the heritage railway we are not a part of it.
To achieve its aims the Society
- produces a quarterly journal 'Forward' which is sent to all members,
- holds an archive of material related to the GCR at Immingham Museum,
- provides a forum for answering queries regarding the GCR,
- arranges meetings for all members twice a year - the AGM in April/May and an Autumn meeting in October,
- supports and publicises local railway societies where members are involved at Sheffield, Cleethorpes, Lutterworth, Leicester and Northwich.
- has restored and resited the GCR War Memorial at Sheffield Victoria along with the production of a Roll of Honour on display in the Royal Victoria Hotel,
- encourages co-operation between all groups with an interest in GCR heritage.
The Society was formed in 1974 when a small group of like-minded people held a meeting in London.
Since then the membership has grown to around 500.
The Society is financed by members' subscriptions and by the sale of books and magazines donated to the society.
The annual subscription is £16 (UK), £21 (Europe) and £24 (worldwide).
The Society is run by the officers (chairman, secretary and treasurer) and a committee who are elected at the Annual General Meeting.
How can I join?
There are three ways you can join.
If you require further details regarding membership, the Membership Secretary can be contacted