The Great Central Railway is the UK’s only double track, main line heritage railway. It’s the only place in the world where full size steam engines can be seen passing each other – just as it was when steam ruled the rails. The railway is supported by The David Clarke Railway Trust, click here to find out more. The Railway’s membership organisation is Friends of the Great Central Main Line (FoGCML). Members are entitled to a range of benefits and details can be viewed here.
Trains run every weekend of the year, bank holidays and selected week days through the summer. In addition, First Class Restaurant Car Services provide five course meals whilst travelling between Loughborough and Leicester. For a very special night out, step aboard the Great Central Pullman and return to an age of luxury and glamour, the quintessential Orient Express experience. Childhood dreams can come true with a Drive a Locomotive Experience when you can take the regulator on a mighty steam locomotive or notch up on a powerful diesel. We also run many special events, including steam galas, Peppa Pig, Meet Moshi Monsters, a Bonfire Night, a Wartime Weekend and Santa Specials.
The railway has won a number of awards including “independent railway of the year”, a gold award for the East Midlands best visitor experience and is a quality assured visitor attraction as designated by Enjoy England.Trains can also be hired for private parties and corporate events. Charter intimate carriages or be really exclusive and hire the Pullman carriages with glamorous bar cars. The railway also has its own function room, Lovatt House, our former goods offices which have been beautifully restored to Victorian splendour and are suitable for events for up to 70 people.
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Passengers are conveyed by the Company’s trains in accordance with the Company’s “Conditions of Carriage” (as shown on this website). All train services, locomotives, exhibits and other attractions appear subject to availability and are subject to change without prior notice.