The plan of the Great Central Railway (below) shows construction contracts, branch lines and alternative routes.
The two routes from Aylesbury rejoined at the start of Contract #7- Canfield Place to Marylebone- which passed beneath central London.
This interactive route plan consists of 85 maps. Follow this link to see an index of all the maps.
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Click on the names in the plan (or use the links below) to see OS maps (from 2003) of the route the Great Central Railway took.
1: Manchester to Sheffield
Named the "Woodhead Route", this section ran through Glossop and Penistone.
2: Sheffield to Annesley Junction
Incorporating the branch line to Chesterfield before meeting the London Extension proper.
3: Annesley to East Leake
Construction Contract #1 saw the line pass through Hucknall and the city of Nottingham.
4: East Leake to Aylestone
Steam engines still run on Contract #2, between Loughborough and Leicester.
5: Aylestone to Rugby
The path of Contract #3 runs alongside the M1 to Lutterworth.
6: Rugby to Woodford
Contract #4 continued south through villages such as Braunstone and Charwelton.
7: Woodford to Brackley
Southward once more as Contract #5 passed through Sulgrave and Helmdon.
8: Brackley to Quainton Road
Starting in north Oxfordshire, Contract #6 swung south east towards London.
At both Grendon Underwood and Aylesbury the line splits, forming two routes into London:
9: Grendon Underwood to Marylebone
The Metropolitan and Great Central route through north-west London via Aylesbury, Amersham and Harrow.
10: Grendon Underwood to Marylebone
The Great Western and Great Central Joint Railway through west London via Princes Risborough, Wycombe and Beaconsfield.