Great Central Railway

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Arms of Great Central Railway

Official blazon


It was the first railway company to obtain a grant of arms from the College of Arms, on 25 Feb 1898.

The arms include parts of arms of Manchester, Sheffield and Lincoln; the hollow cross and swords for London; the wings and winged helmet of Mercury, signifying speed.

The crest was an express steam locomotive affrontée with golden wings, again for speed.

The motto FORWARD - possibly suggested by the Chairman, Sir Edward Watkin.

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