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GCRN: Supporting Industry and the environment

British Gypsum (BG) is headquartered at East Leake, the company's largest production facility. BG moves raw materials to the site in purpose-built wagons, haulage of which is contracted to EWS and GB Railfreight. The trains operate from Loughborough to East Leake on Great Central Railway (Nottingham) rails, helping British Gypsum operate efficiently and supporting the company's commitment to the environment. Gypsum Services operate twice daily, Monday through Friday.



Partnering with the Rail industry
Great Central Railway (Nottingham) has an enviable reputation and history of partnerships across the rail industry. Since 2000 MTR Training have hosted training courses at our facilities, including possession, infrastructure maintenance, equipment and safety courses. MTR Training retain facilities on-site at Ruddington.

GCRN were also one of the key sites to support Network Rail Autoballaster training, our 10-mile line offering excellent scope for operator training in a live environment.

In 2005 the opportunity to extend the showcase came with the ARTP-sponsored Infrastructure exhibition, bringing over 20 infrastructure, services and maintenance providers to our facilities. June 2007 marked a further, similar event.

Other regular partners include DBShenker, Network Rail, SilverTrack and GBrailfreight.

With 10-miles of ex main-line infrastructure, workshop facilities, excellent direct connections to both the National Rail network (via Loughborough), and the local road network (via Nottingham), GCRN offers unparalleled facilities for testing, type approval and training.

GCRN has a specific point of contact for our industry partners, ensuring that your requirements can be discussed and met. With a long and established background in this sector, please contact us for further details.

Contact: 01159-252-140 or email us at: info@gcrn.co.uk


Unparalleled infrastructure for training, showcasing and type testing

Though we are a "Heritage Railway", we aren't afraid of being a resource that's involved in developing tomorrow's railway network. Our existing customers recognise that our infrastructure and support provides them with a unique set of facilities to meet a broad range of requirements. You can see from our existing client base that our partners include major players in the rail industry, and we are always actively working with new prospects.

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Our facilities include:


  • Direct rail connection to the Network Rail Network (Network Rail)
  • 10 miles of ex main-line railway (map)
  • Flat bottom and bullhead rail, wood and concrete sleepers
  • Switches, crossings, junctions
  • Overbridges, underbridges
  • Viaduct, tunnel
  • Platforms
  • Excellent road access
  • Workshop facilities
  • Meeting room
  • Midlands location (close to M1, A52, A46)
  • Modern air-braked locomotives and rolling stock
  • Locations for road-rail trans-shipment of vehicles

Contact Us to discuss your requirements and arrange a site visit.