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Historic Site:Turntable at Great Central Railway - Quorn

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Great Central Road,
LE11 1RW


Quorn & Woodhouse Station on the Great Central Railway has the added attraction, rare on a heritage railway, of a fully working sixty foot turntable. It is available to view whenever the railway is open, and is in use most weekends, especially when there is a Gala or other special event taking place. The sight of a full-size steam or diesel locomotive being turned merely by the efforts of two or three people always draws a crowd, and this unusual spectacle has become a firm favourite with railway photographers.

The turntable was originally built in 1909 by the well known engineers Cowans Sheldon Ltd of Carlisle, and was first installed at York, now of course the home of the National Railway Museum.

The Great Central Railway acquired the turntable exactly one hundred years later, in 2009, by which time it was in a derelict condition. Following extensive work by the Railway’s in-house engineers it was renovated and then installed at Quorn & Woodhouse by specialist civil engineering contractors during the late summer of 2011.

Opening details

Open whenever the railway is open and most weekends.


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Map reference: SK 549161  Lat: 52.74032 Long: -1.18742