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Meet the Easter Bunny down at the Great Central on Tues 15th to Thurs 17th & Tues 22nd to Fri 25th April; there’s lots of fun for the whole family and it’s eggstraordinary value too at just £25 for 2 adults and up to 3 children!
Step back in time to a vintage country steam fayre at Quorn & Woodhouse station. For more information, visit the main event page: Easter Vintage Festival
The golden age of trainspotting is back with exclusive access to four tracks of action. It was the brand new hit heritage railway gala of 2013 and now its back – with more steam. The railway will once again open the gates of its award winning Swithland Sidings complex for visitors in May. Stand by the line and drink in the action as the trains roar past on the main line and shunt in the sidings. It’s a spotters paradise! (Please note, Swithland access is only on Saturday and Sunday of the event).
Up to nine locomotives will be in action, with two big hitters and two special guest stars. Topping the bill is the recently arrived British Railways Class 9F number 92214. It’s passenger lining livery will be painted out and the locomotive will have a ‘weathered’ appearance, appearing on a selection of freight stock. Another BR icon, standard class 7 number 70013, ‘Oliver Cromwell’ will provide handsome motive power for passenger services.
The two guest locomotives have never appeared the GCR before. Lambton number 29 is tank engine with a north eastern freight pedigree, while GWR Pannier Tank (currently wearing London Transport livery) L92 ended its days working engineers trains around the LT system. Both will appear at Swithland sidings during the event on shunting duties.
The steam roster is completed with GCR ‘home fleet’ locomotives GNR N2 class number 1744, BR standard 2 number 78019 (one of the last chances to see this locomotive before withdrawal for overhaul), LMS 3F number 47406, LMS 8F number 48624, and finally a locomotive from the National Collection, SR Arthur Class number 777 ‘Sir Lamiel’.
Kate Tilley, marketing manager for the Great Central Railway said, “We were delighted people enjoyed the Swithland gala last year, so it’s back with more steam and more action at the sidings. This is the closest you can get to the glory days of train spotting without a time machine! Stand by the fence and watch the trains roll past. Our award winning signalling at Swithland makes it possible to present one of the busiest and best pieces of railway theatre in the country today.”
A complimentary shuttle bus will take passengers from Quorn and Woodhouse station direct to Swithland sidings on Saturday and Sunday, usually strictly off limits to visitors. The sidings are at the heart of the GCR’s unique double track network. Refreshments will be available at the sidings and guests can stand by the line watching the trains go past as long as they wish. Where possible, GCR operational staff will be dressed in period clothing to help photographers capture the perfect picture.
There will also be a real ale tent at Quorn and Woodhouse station and other lineside attractions including postal carriages open to view.
This is what last years event looked like…
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Ride behind Deltic D9016 “Gordon Highlander” on the weekend of 3rd & 4th May. The Deltic will operate the 11.00, 1.00 and 3.15 services. Clock up some miles before the loco leaves the GCR!
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All aboard the Great Central Raleway’s Real Ale Train.
For more information, visit the event page