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This is the location for so many films, I couldn't think of one to pick. The reseaon for this popularity is that it's rather a unique place, being the only preserved substantial main-line town station in the country. Many closed railways have been reopened in the UK by volunteer train enthusiast groups, but all the others were secondary routes, which have a very different character from this.

This trunk route was about the last major railway built in the country until construction of the new high speed tunnel link line began recently. It opened early in the 20th centuary, and was built for high speed travel, with gentle curves and low grades, and, in anticipation of the eventual building of a tunnel under the English Channel, to European loading guage. With the typical British flair for strategic infrastructure planning, we closed it in the 1960s, it could have been our main arterial TGV route, at virtually no expense.

The line between Leicester and Loughborough, in the UK midlands, was reopened over 30 years ago, and all the stations restored and laid out how they would have been in the early 20th centuary. One intermediate station has a wartime theme.
The main station at Loughborough can pass for just about any period between 1900 and 1960. Most recently it was used for 'The Hours' and Enigma'. The platform pictured is where Nicole Kidman, as Virgina Wolf, argued with Stephen Dillane, playing her husband Leonard.

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Additional Photos by Richard Gatward (RGatward) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3757 W: 141 N: 3794] (20086)
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