Great Central Railway Run - Quorn

Gloria and I had looked forward to this run all week so we were pleased to find that June 30th 2021 had dawned dry albeit a lttle overcast.  We set off from Hinckley and and on arriving at the Whistle Stop Layby near Appleby Magna we found, as you can see from the photographs, a good turnout of riders and machines.  Bill Mantle lead us off at around 10.30 to Measham and onwards.  The route was excellent as we passed through virtually no towns and were able to keep up a good pace.  From the start point to Quorn was 44 miles.  You can see where we went on the map below.  Eddy.

Mick Leach takes up the pen to add detail about our arrival at GCR Quorn:

On arrival at Quorn and Woodhouse the machinery was lined up in a military fashion before we entered the Butler Henderson cafe where refreshments were served in between long overdue conversation. We were treated to a view of ex BR 9F 92212 named since preservation, City of Leicester. The return route to the lay by on the A444 was at a nice pace along pleasant, twisty motorcycling roads. It was good to meet old and new friends, catch up with some who had not met for as long as 18 months.
Thank you to Bill Mantle for organising and leading the run, if this is a sample of future runs I look forward to the next one.
Mick Leach


Photographs below from Mick and Eddy:


Start 2
Start 2

Bikes at Quorn
Bikes at Quorn 1

Bikes at Quorn 2
Bikes at Quorn 2

Bikes at Quorn 3
Bikes at Quorn 3

engine arriving
City of Leicester steaming into the station.

engine leaving
City of Leicester leaving the station.

ready to leave
Getting ready to leave Quorn.