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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 98 - October 2007
Times Past - GCR Centenary Special 1999
The GCR was officially opened on 9th March 1899. On 2nd January 1960 Express services were cut back and in March 1963 local trains on many parts of the route were cancelled and many local stations were closed. In 1965, the express freight and parcels service was killed off. In the early hours of Sunday 4 September 1966 the final steam hauled train from Marylebone to Nottingham ran over the line and the Great Central ceased to be a trunk route. (See qn 92).
A diesel service ran over the stretch of line between Nottingham and Rugby for a few more years but the final curtain came down on 3 May 1969 when the diesel service was withdrawn. Thirty years on, the Centenary of the opening of the GCR was celebrated and saw 5029 Nunney Castle and 6024 King Edward I running 2 specials from Aylesbury to Quainton.
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