In the 1960s, the line was considered by Dr Beeching as an unnecessary duplication of other lines that served the same places, especially the Midland Main Line and to a lesser extent the West Coast Main Line.
Most of the route was closed between 19 under the Beeching axe.
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The Great Central Main Line (GCML), also known as the London Extension of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway (MS&LR), is a former railway line in the United Kingdom.
It was opened in 1899 by the Great Central Railway and ran from Sheffield in the North of England, southwards through Nottingham and Leicester to Marylebone Station in London.
Meet Cannon St 08.55 for 09.16 train to Sevenoaks, arrive 09.47. Buy return to Tonbridge to have the option of returning from there or Hildenborough and avoid the climb to Sevenoaks after tea. Ride out through north London into the quiet lanes of Hertfordshire. We've done it with sun on ice; let's do it warmer; sun not guaranteed! The exact route will depend on the abilities and wishes of the riders. A challenging 85km on minor roads, byways and bridleways.
An out and back ride centred on the cycle route on a disused rail track. Lunch in Pooh Bear village and tea in the famous Pantiles. Early coffee stop in Trent Park, lunch in Hertford. Suitable for tourers / audax bikes but some sectors may have to be walked.- except for one big hill at the start, to be rewarded with a ruined castle and lovely view. Circular ride from Staplehurst, mostly avoiding big hills. A gentle ride on the lanes of eastern Bedfordshire, through the arable fields and historic villages of the Ivel Valley. Options to spend most of the time at the Festival or to ride on further for a pub lunch at Studham.60km of minor roads, byways, and bridleways in the Hertfordshire woods. Suitable for cyclocross, adventure, gravel bikes, MTBs, and road and touring bikes with at least 28mm wide tyres. Ride out through north London into south east Hertfordshire. Lunch at Little Berkhamsted...they are still around! Lunch at a cafe in Waltham Abbey or Wetherspoons in Cheshunt.