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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 was an imposing figure with his Black Suit and Waistcoat, Bowler Hat and Large Moustache.
It was a sad day for the locals when the Steam Trains were replaced with diesels, but an even sadder one when the last scheduled diesel left the station in March 1969. My wife and myself took our two children to the station on that day and took a photograph of the very last train leaving the station.

I also recall that to the right of little Moor Lane, walking toward the railway, was "Holloways field" named after the local butcher who grazed cattle there, and the Children's favourite, Boogaloo the Horse. To the left was the Herbert Morris Cranes Foundry and Pattern Sheds. Further buildings at the top of the lane still house a redundant Herbert Morris Crane.
A further memory was the fence on the Empress Road hill, made of vertical sleepers from the railway line, and the Gateway & posh wooden steps that were made to allow the Station Master access to his home, when returning from the town, without having to walk to the bottom of the hill and up Little Moor Lane.

A final memory is the times that we used to "tightrope" along the top of the fence for several hundred yards from Little Moor Lane to the top of the Empress Road Hill (the fence can be seen in the photograph at the top of this page).

Mike Jones 1st March 2004

This photograph was taken on the day that the last Diesel Multiple Unit passed through Loughborough Central Station in March 1969, prior to the final closure of the line.

This photograph was taken on the day that the last Diesel Multiple Unit passed through Loughborough Central Station in March 1969, prior to the final closure of the line.

Bridge 332, the girder structure built to carry Empress Road across the London Extension north of Loughborough Central.

Bridge 332, the girder structure built to carry Empress Road across the London Extension north of Loughborough Central.

This photograph, taken on Loughborough Central Station in March 1969, shows the large water tower situated at the end of the down platform.

This photograph, taken on Loughborough Central Station in March 1969, shows the large water tower situated at the end of the down platform.