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Rothley Railway Station
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No: 5743   Contributor: Marcel Gommers   Year: 1960   Manufacturer: Unknown   Country: England
Rothley Railway Station

Monochrome photo of the Rothley Railway Station. Rothley was opened as a train station in 1899 but was closed in 1963 again. It is now a heritage railway station on the preserved section of the Great Central Railway's London Extension. It now sees Heritage steam and diesel train services on weekends and Bank Holidays.

For the knowledgable amongst us: what is this chappy waving about? Is it just an ordinary passenger?
And the year is just a guess, if anyone wants to correct me.... :)

Photo thanks to Graham Doughty
Picture added on 02 February 2009
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Great Central Railway, Loughborough, England
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The home signal is off, so the train from which this picture was taken is clear to proceed. The station master (probably the only rail employee at such a small station) is holding the token that he will give to the train driver, this allows the train to travel along the single track line, and the driver will hand over the token at the end of the section, probably at the next station.

Added by Peter Langsdale on 02 February 2009.
The prefabricated building and models of car in front of it along with the well kept platforms would suggest that this picture was taken in the post preservation era rather than the pre-closure spell when stations facing closure tended to be rundown and unkempt. Would hazard a guess at mid 80's.

Added by T & Q on 24 August 2012.
The line retained double track until closure and indeed into early preservation days so this photo. is not BR era. I was a very regular visitor to the Main Line Steam Trust in the early/mid 70s - 5231 + blue/grey Mk 1s & Gresley buffet ! Rothley was the shortest bike ride and I have absolutely no recollection of the white building. Probably an 80s photo I guess as monochrome was still in reasonably common use in the early 80s.

Added by Peter Goodall on 28 August 2012.
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