About the Team

Nick Tinsley


Nick has volunteered on the Great Central since 1974, in the embryonic period of the railway we know today. In that time, he has amassed a fleet of 72 wagons, 14 Coaches, 4 Brake Vans and 1 Container, the first being B954268. Nick has worked for the railway since 1986 in a multitude of capacities. More recently Nick has held the position of Permanent Way Manager and is now the Railway’s Carriage and Wagon Manager.

Ross Loades


Ross has been a volunteer at the GCR since 2011, where he started in the Carriage Works at Rothley. Ross first helped Nick when the LMS brake van came into the carriage shed over a winter period for a re-roof and a re-paint. After this Ross made the move to help Nick with his fleet of wagons. Ross is a graduate of Loughborough University and is now employed as a Systems Engineer in the rail industry, providing technical support to numerous on-train systems.

Matt Baker


Matt, a former RAF Aircraft Airframe Technician, joined the GCR in 2010 and has held a number of Operational roles. It was during his time as a Guard that a passion for goods vehicles evolved.  2015 saw Matt leave the RAF and join the rail industry as a Test Train Driver, he now holds the position of Operations Manager of the Old Dalby Test Track.  2017 and the push to create a sizable van train for Gala and photo charter purposes saw Matt join Nick and Ross. Matt is the owner of the Aluminium and the other fibreglass Containers

Jake Ruddy


Jake joined the team during the 2018 Goods Galore weekend. Jake first met Nick through the Scouting movement and has wanted to help with the wagons since the age of 9. Unfortunately, this is too young an age to join the railway as a volunteer and he waited patiently until this year. Jake has also started to help on the TPO and is hoping to become a fully fledged crew member in the near future. He has earned the nickname “The Stomach” because of his love of food which is even bigger than his love of the 9F and playing his bass and other musical instruments.

Dave Bower

DaveDave is a railway engineer who joined a British Rail apprenticeship scheme in 1980, his career included many years with the DM&EE and Serco testing freight wagons based at the RTC Derby. He joined the team in Feb 2019 after being contacted to help create information display boards for Test Car 2. After visiting Quorn and being reunited with the vehicle, Dave was keen to help the group and has also rekindled an appetite to get his hands dirty with freight wagons. He is also the Author of “Rail Vehicle Testing”

Together we form Quorn Wagon and Wagon


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Quorn Wagon & Wagon is located at Quorn & Woodhouse station on the Great Central Railway in Leicestershire.

We occupy the sidings at the south end of the station yard, affectionately known as the Wagon Repair Sidings.  We have adopted the works code 5683, formerly Tinsley marshalling yard wagon repair sidings, appropriate for Mr Tinsley.  Thanks must go to his dedication to preserving these once ubiquitous vehicles.

Our efforts are aimed at recreating the look and feel of railway goods and departmental trains.  Our fleet consists of many different types including, box vans, opens, hoppers, flats, tanks and departmental vehicles from ballast hoppers to rail carriers.

Please view the stock list for a comprehensive overview.


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