Quorn and Woodhouse railway station
|Quorn and Woodhouse|
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|Original company||Great Central Railway|
|Post-grouping||London and North Eastern Railway|
|Operated by||Great Central Railway (preserved)|
|15 March 1899||opened|
|4 March 1963||closed|
|23 March 1974||reopened|
|Stations on heritage railways in the United Kingdom|
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Quorn and Woodhouse railway station is a heritage station on the Great Central Railway (preserved) serving Quorn & Woodhouse in Leicestershire. Travelling south from Loughborough, it is the first station that is reached. Here there is a large station yard which is suitable for parking. There is also disabled access through the yard (Loughborough now has a lift for disabled as well as access via stairs). Quorn is laid out to appear as it would in the 1940s, as a typical LNER station in the countryside. The signal box is not original but was taken from Market Rasen.
The station is grade II listed. and has a number of attractions, including the 1940s era NAAFI Tea Room situated underneath the station road bridge, a period Station Master's office, as well as wartime films showing in one of the waiting rooms. In 2011, a new Café called Butler-Henderson Tea Rooms was opened, the building, whilst not in keeping with the station itself, compliments its surroundings and provides another reason to stop off at the station.
A turntable (60-foot balance model) was delivered to the station in January 2010 from Preston Docks. It had previously seen use in the ex-York Roundhouse in the days of steam. Work began on digging the foundations in June 2011 & it is expected to be completed in time for the annual Steam Railway Magazine gala in Early October 2011.
In film & television
The station and Great Central Railway line were featured in the fourth episode of the 17th series of BBC's Top Gear programme, shown on 17 July 2011 during a train/car feature, which was filmed in June 2011.
|Preceding station||Heritage railways||Following station|
|Rothley||Great Central Heritage Railway||Loughborough Central|
Line and station open
|Great Central Railway
Line and station open
- "Charnwood Borough Council - Listed Buildings - Quorn and Woodhouse Station, Woodhouse Road, Quorn". Charnwood Borough Council. Retrieved 28 October 2009.
- "Top Gear trio pull latest stunt at Great Central Railway". Leicester Mercury. Retrieved 22 July 2011.