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Funds needed for Great Central Railway canopy


The railway station is an attraction open to the public

Railway enthusiasts have started a £500,000 fundraising appeal for the repair of part of the Great Central Railway station in Loughborough.

The steel and glass canopy above the platforms is Grade II listed and needs major repair work after standing for more than 110 years.

The whole structure needs maintenance work and the glass is to be replaced.

Fundraisers hope the work can be completed within two years and have already raised £50,000.

The railway's Commercial Manager, Richard Pritching said: "It's basically the whole of the canopy. All the glass in the canopy will need replacing, the dagger boards around the edges and the guttering.

"You name it, it's got to be replaced."

The Great Central Railway is open to the public and has been operating as an attraction for more than 30 years.

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