August Passenger Trains 2020

Steam-hauled passenger trains return, departing from Quorn & Woodhouse.

We are delighted to be operating a passenger train service on every Saturday and Sunday during August 2020.

* All tickets for this event must be booked online in advance *

For the first stage of our return to operation, trains will depart from Quorn & Woodhouse station (post code LE12 8AG).

Trains will then run to the end of the line at Leicester North before returning to Quorn & Woodhouse to complete the journey (Loughborough Central will not be visited during the journey). Tickets are for a single journey between Quorn & Woodhouse and Leicester North, and return, and are for a specific timed train during this event.

Please note that it will not be possible to board or alight from the train at Loughborough Central, Rothley, or Leicester North stations during this first stage.


What's on offer?

  • Steam-hauled train with lovingly restored compartment coaches.
  • Large car park available for passengers at Quorn & Woodhouse.
  • Exhibits display being planned in the station yard (more details soon).
  • Butler Henderson Café will be open for refreshments.
  • The Tin Shed Bar will be open.

Enjoy a journey through the Leicestershire countryside by steam train, from Quorn & Woodhouse to Leicester North and back in a reserved compartment for between one and six people.


How is this experience different?

To ensure the best experience for our visitors, and in order to follow the latest advice, the following arrangements will operate:

  • Pre-booking online is essential for these trains.
  • Trains depart from Quorn & Woodhouse only.
  • We will be using compartment coaches.
  • Each order will be allocated a single compartment for their group.
  • All passengers in each compartment must be from the same family group or support "bubble".
  • Face coverings must be worn on the station platforms and when boarding the train. Face covering may be removed when seated within private compartment (please note that this may change depending on government advice at the time).
  • The station platform will not be open, except for passengers with valid tickets when boarding and alighting.
  • An efficient queuing system has been arranged for boarding the train to preserve social distancing.



Tickets are being sold individually for groups of 1-6 people, with each order being allocated a private compartment on the train. (All passengers in each compartment must be from family groups or support 'bubbles' as defined by government advice). Tickets are for a single journey between Quorn & Woodhouse and Leicester North, and return. Tickets are for a specific timed train during this event.

Adult £11
Child (3-16 inclusive)
Children under 3 travel free of charge, subject to there being no more than six persons in total in the compartment.
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children)
We will apply the discount during the purchase process
(maximum of one family ticket per qualifying order due to capacity of compartment).
FoGCML members
(Friends of the Great Central Main Line membership card required)

Please note that HRA passes, and reciprocal travel arrangements are suspended for this event.
Working member passes are not valid for travel, unless on duty.



Three trains will be running on every Saturday and Sunday in August.

10:00am from Quorn & Woodhouse (returning at 10:55)

11:50am from Quorn & Woodhouse (returning at 12:45)

1:50pm from Quorn & Woodhouse (returning at 2:45pm)

An additional train may also be added if required by demand.



Tickets can be booked online here, and will be sent by e-mail for printing at home:

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Locomotive roster - 15th and 16th August 2020

Our locomotive roster for this weekend is to be announced - one steam locomotive will be hauling passenger trains, and at least one other locomotive is due to be on display in Quorn & Woodhouse station yard.


Steam locomotive selection to be confirmed
Hauling passenger trains this weekend
Second locomotive
On static display at Quorn & Woodhouse.



Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why are trains not running to/from Loughborough?

A: Trains will be cleaned while the train runs between Loughborough and Quorn & Woodhouse and the locomotive runs round to being the next journey. This will allow us to ensure that the train is clean when passengers begin their journey at Quorn & Woodhouse.


Q: Are face coverings required?

A: Yes - All passengers must wear face coverings on the station platform and when boarding the train. Passengers may remove face coverings when seated in their compartment, but they must be put on when leaving the compartment.


Q: Are seats reserved on the train?

A: Each order will be allocated to a private compartment. Between one and six tickets can be purchased per order.


Q: Will I have to pay for a full compartment?

A: We are selling individual tickets for between one and six people, with each order being allocated to a compartment. All passengers on each order must from from the same household or household "bubble" as defined by current government advice.




We look forward to welcoming you back to the Great Central Railway, and hope that you enjoy your visit.


All locomotives and attractions appear subject to availability, GCR reserve the right to cancel or amend any service.

Passengers are conveyed by the Company's trains in accordance with the Company's "Conditions of Carriage" (as shown on this website). 

Our next running day

We are operating steam-hauled passenger trains this weekend 15th and 16th August 2020 (pre-booking is essential).

Our on-train dining services remain suspended at present, but we are reviewing this situation regularly and will be pleased to transfer existing bookings to a future date when dining services resume...
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