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Rothley Station, Rothley
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Rothley railway station is a heritage railway station on the preserved section of the Great Central Railway's London Extension. Built to the standard island platform pattern of country stations on the line, it originally opened on 15 March 1899 and has been restored to late Edwardian era condition, circa 1910.Route descriptionClimbing south from milepost 97, the formation of the Mountsorrel quarry branch joins the line from the east, crossing over the quadruple spanned bridge 352 to reach Swithland Sidings. Here, the up and down lines have parted as this site was originally to be the location of a projected Swithland station. The entrance archway from the road below can still be seen from passing trains, even though a platform was never built. Swithland has been redeveloped from a single track back into a four-track main line with a number of exchange sidings. Resignalling of the area using Great Western equipment to represent the Great Western and Great Central Joint Railway is ongoing.Shortly south of Swithland the summit is reached, and the line drops sharply again at a gradient of 1 in 176 into Rothley station. The station consists of a single island platform on which the station buildings sit, with original access from the road passing above. Beneath the stairway from the road is a museum, and beyond the booking hall there is a tea room. Rothley has been restored to its late Edwardian condition to represent the line during Great Central days. It is lit entirely by gas and never had mains electricity before closure by British Rail. The station's goods yard now forms the car park, at one end of which is a miniature railway, family picnic area, and historic stores room. At the other is a modern carriage repair works.
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  • We were at the weekend in Rothley, and made a trip with friends in the one of the historical Eisenbanz├╝ge. Stopped to look at a Fireworks Guy Foks day and headed back to Luoghborough and to rothley. Very interesting and commendable. Fam Peters
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  • Steam train trips, hire, experiences, renovation workshop, ample parking, excellent small cafe on site. Well worth a visit if in the area but book early for trips. 
  • A Cream Tea at Elllis's was the highlight of a trip on the steam train. Well worth booking in advance: they were ready with a selection of dainty sandwiches, a sausage roll, a piece of cake and a gene...  more »