On Train Dining Services

Here you can find details about all our first class services, our griddle cars, our thrilling murder mystery trains, or even how to charter your own private carriage or train.

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The 'Duke' and Cromwell Pullman 13-10-10

Our first class trains run all through the year.  Enjoy a four course meal on our Saturday luncheon train, a traditional  four course Sunday luncheon service and a luxurious six course Saturday evening feast on board 'The Charnwood Forester'

For a very different night out, try one of our very popular murder mystery dining trains and in November and December look out for our Christmas trains.

Your train will normally pause on Swithland viaduct with breath taking views over the reservoir.

Santa Specials - Malcolm Ranieri

Dates 2015 & 2016 - Follow the links below


10/17/24 - South Yorkshireman
11/18/25 - Elizabethan
10/17/24 - Charnwood Forester
9 - Murder Mystery Awayday to Murder 
23 - Murder Mystery The Going is Fatal!


7/14 - South Yorkshireman
1/8/15 - Elizabethan
7/14 - Charnwood Forester
21/28 (Saturday) - Christmas Jubilee Luncheon
21/28 - Christmas Forester Dinner
21/29 (Sunday) - Christmas Jubilee Luncheon


5/12/19 (Saturday) - Christmas Jubilee Luncheon
6/13/20 (Sunday) - Christmas Jubilee Luncheon
5/12/19 - Christmas Forester Dinner
16 (Wednesday) - Murder Mystery
25 - Christmas Day feast
26 - Boxing Day Luncheon
31 - New Year’s Eve celebration


09/16/23 - South Yorkshireman
10/17/24 – Elizabethan
23 – Pullman Burns Night (Saturday evening)


6//27 – Charnwood Forester
6/13/20/27- South Yorkshireman
7/21/28 – Elizabethan
13 - St Valentine’s Day Fine Dining Pullman Dinner (Saturday evening)
14 - St Valentine’s Luncheon (Pullman Sunday luncheon)


5/12/19/26 - South Yorkshireman
5/12/19/26 – Charnwood Forester
13/20/27 – Elizabethan
6 – Mothering Sunday Luncheon
25 – Murder Mystery, A Holiday to Die For


2/9/16/23/30 – South Yorkshireman
2/9/16/23/30 – Charnwood Forester
08 – Murder Mystery, Murder on the Home Front
3/10/17/24 – Elizabethan
22 – Murder Mystery, The Going is Fatal


1/8/15/22/29 – Elizabethan
6 – Murder Mystery, Awayday to Murder
7/14/21/28 – South Yorkshireman
7/14/21/28 - Charnwood Forester
27 – Pullman Fine Dining with Live Jazz (Friday evening)


1 – Maharaja Express (Wednesday Evening)
4 –Murder Mystery, Allo Allo (Saturday evening)
10 – Murder Mystery, A Holiday to Die For
11/18/25 – South Yorkshireman
11/18/25 - Charnwood Forester
12/26 – Elizabethan
17 – Charnwood Forester (Friday evening service)
19 – Father’s Day Sunday Luncheon
22 – Wine and Dine Wednesday
24 – Murder Mystery, Murder on the Home Front


2/9/16/23/30 – South Yorkshireman
2/9/16/23/30 – Charnwood Forester
3/10/17/24/31 – Elizabethan
8 – Murder Mystery, The Going is Fatal
15 - Charnwood Forester (Friday evening service)
22 – Murder Mystery, Awayday to Murder
27 – Wine and Dine Wednesday


6/13/20/27 – South Yorkshireman
6/13/20/27 - Charnwood Forester
7/14/21/28 – Elizabethan
5 – Murder Mystery, A Holiday to Die For
12 – Murder Mystery, Murder on the Home Front
19 - Charnwood Forester (Friday evening service)
24 – Wine and dine Wednesday
26 – Murder Mystery, The Going is Fatal


3/10/17/24 – South Yorkshireman
3/10/17/24 - Charnwood Forester
4/11/18/25 – Elizabethan
9 – Murder Mystery, Awayday to Murder
16 – Murder Mystery, A Holiday to Die For
21 – Maharaja Express
28 – Wine & Dine Wednesday
30 – Murder Mystery, Murder on the Home Front


1/15/22/29 – South Yorkshireman
1/15/22/29 - Charnwood Forester
2/16/23/30 – Elizabethan
14 – Murder Mystery, The Going is Fatal
21 – Murder Mystery, Awayday to Murder


5/12 – South Yorkshireman
6/13 – Elizabethan
5/12 – Charnwood Forester
19/26 - Christmas Jubilee Luncheon
19/26 – Christmas Forester Dinner
20/27 - Christmas Jubilee Luncheon


3/10/17 - Christmas Jubilee Luncheon
3/10/17 – Christmas Forester Dinner
4/11/18 - Christmas Jubilee Luncheon
7 & 14 – Murder Mystery, Christmas to the Sound of the ‘Slay’ Bells
25 – Christmas Day feast (Sunday)
26 – Boxing Day Luncheon (Monday)
31 – New Year’s Eve celebration (Saturday evening)

Cancellation Policy - First Class & Pullman trains

  1. Cancellations made with more than one month to your dining experience date may be re-booked at no extra charge or refunded in full.
  2. Cancellations made between one month and one week before your dining experience date may be re-booked on payment of an additional £5.00 per person or refunded less £10.00 per person administration charge.
  3. Cancellations made within the last week to the date of your dining experience date may be re-booked on payment of an additional £10.00 per person or refunded less £20.00 per person administration charge.
  4. Passengers who do not arrive in time to catch the train from Loughborough Central at the advertised departure time will not be entitled to a refund.

Less-able visitors

Due to the historic design of our dining car carriages with their narrow doors and gangways, it is NOT possible to accommodate wheelchairs at a table in one of these carriages.
It is also important to note that passengers with mobility issues will need to climb up or down a step to get into or out of the train.
For those who are able to walk a short distance wheelchairs can be folded and carried in the brake van.

Other Terms & Conditions

  • Children must be adequately supervised and remain seated at all times
  • Our dining carriages were designed for adults and we regret children under five years of age cannot be accommodated.
  • Special dietary requirements can be catered for when ordered at the time of booking.
  • Dogs may not travel in the dining cars (assistance dogs excepted)
  • Mobile telephones and electronic games must be muted whilst in the Dining Cars.
  • Smoking is not permitted on any of our trains.


Whether you are planning a private party or a business dinner, or (perhaps even your wedding breakfast!) a Great Central Railway Private Charter can guarantee you a unique and memorable event for up to 100 people.

You can charter our first class dining train, our luxurious Cromwell Pullman train, or for something more intimate, try our directors saloon.

To see the full range of train charter options click here, or call 01509 632339 to enquire. We offer group discounts and would be delighted to tailor make an experience for you!

Whatever your choice, the ambience will be matched by wonderful food prepared by our chefs. Treat yourself, give your family a celebration to remember or impress your clients with a Great Central charter. (Don't forget - if you need somewhere to meet before you dine, try the impressive ambience of Lovatt House).


For good food on the go - without the need for a reservation - try our griddle car. Our famous all day breakfast is a real treat and we serve other good hearty meals all day long.

You'll find these favourites aboard our griddle car, along with a bar serving beers, wines, spirits and hot drinks on most trains. Children's meals are also available.

The Griddle car is available on selected trains, as per the timetable. Look for the trains with the plate & fork symbol.

For all enquiries, please contact our booking office on 01509 632323

Our next running day:

Meet Santa on a steam train this weekend (pre-booking essential).

Santa trains are running every weekend and selected weekdays between 28th November and 24th December.

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