If you seek further information regarding the Great Central Railway (1897-1923) a useful list of literature references is reproduced below. This list is largely mirrored at the Great Central Railway Society website and as at the latter, is not intended to be exhaustive. Some publications are out of print but a search of online second-hand bookseller's lists may often prove fruitful.
- Dow, G., 1959. Great Central (Vol.1): The Progenitors, 1813-1863. Locomotive Publishing Co. Ltd., London, pp.298.
- Dow, G., 1962. Great Central (Vol.2): Dominion of Watkin, 1864-1899. Locomotive Publishing Co. Ltd., London, pp.422.
- Dow, G., 1971. Great Central (Vol.3): Fay sets the pace, 1900-1922. Locomotive Publishing Co. Ltd., London.
- Holley, M. (Ed.), 2000. Double Track: The vision becomes reality. Main Line Steam Trust, Loughborough, Leicestershire, pp.52.
- Irons, R. & Jenkins, S.C., 1999. Woodford Halse: A Railway Community. The Oakwood Press, Oxford, pp.112, ISBN 0 85361 529 2
- Jackson, D. & Russell, O., 1983. The Great Central in LNER Days. Ian Allen Ltd., Shepperton, Surrey, pp.144, ISBN 0 7110 1271 7
- Jackson, D., 1996. J.G.Robinson: A Lifetime's Work. The Oakwood Press, Oxford, pp.234, ISBN 0 85361 497 0
- Lambert, A.J., 1999. Marylebone Station Centenary 1899 - 1999. Chiltern Railways, pp.59, ISBN 0 952894 1 X
- Rolt, L.T.C., 1971. The Making of a Railway. Hugh Evelyn Ltd., London, pp.154, ISBN 238 79010 4
- Rowbotham, R., 1991. The last years of the Great Central mainline. Ian Allen Ltd., Shepperton, Surrey, pp.112.
- Rowbotham, R. & Stratford, F., 1988. Great Central from the footplate. Ian Allen Ltd., Shepperton, Surrey, pp.112.
- The Great Central Railway, 1913. Per Rail - Transportation is the Life Blood of Commerce. Knapp, Drewett & Sons Ltd., Westminster, pp.239 plus appendices & 3 fold-out maps.
- Walker, C., 1999. Main Line Lament. The Final Years of the Great Central route to London. Pendyke Publications (2nd Ed.), ISBN 0 904318 11 7
- Ball, J.B., 1916. Notes on the improvement in the ventilation of Woodhead Tunnels, Great Central Railway. Minutes of Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Vol.201, Part 1, pp.306-312.
- Bidder, F.W., 1900. The Great Central Railway extension: Northern Division. Minutes of Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Vol.162, pp.1-22.
- Fox, F.D., 1900. The Great Central Railway extension: Southern Division. Minutes of Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Vol.162, pp.23-48.
- Hobson, G.A. & Wragge, E., 1900. The Metropolitan terminus of the Great Central Railway. Minutes of Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Vol.163, pp.84-160.
The latter three papers provide details of the construction of the Northern, Southern and Metropolitan Divisions of the G.C.R. London Extension. They are a mine of information, illustrations and engineering drawings and diagrams. Copies of these, and other civil engineering papers relating to the G.C.R. are available online (at some cost) from the ICE Virtual Library website.
- 1899. The Great Central Railway. Engineer, Vol.87, pp.103-105, 112, 234-236, 238, 356-359, 366, 411, 414, 484-485.
- Elmsley-Coke, G., Carr, J.W. & Watts, W.W., 1896. Excursion to Nottingham and Leicester (appended to an article by Thompson, B.). Proceedings of the Geological Association, Vol.14, pp.430-433.
The above paper details an 1896 geological excursion investigating the geological exposures between Nottingham and Leicester during the building of the G.C.R. London Extension.
- Fox-Strangways, C. & Woodward, H.B., 1897. Geology of the London Extension of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway. Geological Magazine, New Ser., decade 10, Vol.4, pp.49-59,97-105.
- Thompson, B., 1896. Excursion to the new railway at Catesby, Northamptonshire. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, Vol.14, pp.421-430.
Above paper details an 1896 geological excursion investigating Lias Group exposures uncovered during the construction of the G.C.R. London Extension.
- Thompson, B., 1899. Geology of the Great Central Railway (New Extension to London of the Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway): Rugby to Catesby. Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London, Vol.55, pp.65-88.
- 1899-1900. The building of a great railway: the Great Central extension to London. Fielden's Magazine, Vol.1, pp.89-110, 216-238, 357-365, 463-479, 588-606; Vol.2, pp.49-60, 176-187, 302-314, 409-426, 532-542.