Autumn Steam Gala – Thurs 5th to Sun 8th October

Two Bulleid Light Pacifics and a newly restored BR Standard 5 headline our 2017 Autumn Steam Gala.

We're delighted to be bringing two "Battle of Britain" class locomotives to GCR for our Autumn Steam Gala from 5th to 8th October.

Our Southern-themed gala commemorates 50 years since the end of steam on the Southern Region of British Railways.

A major highlight is the expected return to steam of BR Standard Class 5 73156 running as Nine Elms loco 73084 "Tintagel". The loco will appear subject to the completion of restoration from scrap yard condition for its first ever gala appearance.

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34081 "92 Squadron" appears in un-rebuilt condition in a very early British Railways nationalisation livery.

Appearing courtesy of the Battle of Britain Locomotive Society and Nene Valley Railway.

34053 "Sir Keith Park" appearing in rebuilt condition in late British Railways.

Appearing courtesy of Southern Locomotives Limited and Severn Valley Railway.

British Railways Standard 5 73156 appearing as 73084 Tintagel 73156 appearing as 73084 "Tintagel" (subject to completion of restoration).

Photograph of 73156 from British Railways service.

Major Attractions

The gala will feature an intensive timetable with a large number of train movements only possible on the GCR's double track, with the most frequent train service on Saturday and Sunday.

The main highlights of the gala are due to include:

  • - Intensive timetable - Possibility for over 90 movements at Loughborough on Saturday and Sunday.
  • - Up to 9 locos in steam with six from the home fleet including the newly restored Standard 5 (subject to completion of restoration).
  • - 8 coach express. Our popular express passenger service is due to return for this event - details to follow.
  • - Goods trains. See the railway at work with passing goods trains including mineral wagons, and our newly restored box van train.






Home Fleet Locos

In addition to our two Bulleid guests and the newly restored Standard 5, we're expecting to have up to six locos from the home fleet selected from:


6990 Witherslack Hall 9F 92214 Leicester City
6990 "Witherslack Hall" 9F 92214 "Leicester City"
Stanier 8F 48624
Stanier 8F 48624 Ivatt Class 2 46521
BR Standard 2 78018 Fowler 3F 47406


Timetable to follow



£ Thursday Friday Sat or Sun Any 2 days Any 3 days All 4 days
Adult 18 20 25 43 55 65
Senior Concession 16 18 23 40 50 60
Child 10 10 13 22 30 35
Privilege/Friend (Adult) 12 13 18 29 38 45
Privilege/Friend (Child) 5 7 10 16 19 21
Family 1A + 3C 27 30 45 70 85 95
Family 2A + 3C 40 45 60 95 110 125

Tickets may be booked online here, or purchased on arrival at the event at any of our Booking Offices.

Return, single and short hop tickets will not be available. Return tickets may be purchased after 3.30 pm (Saturday & Sunday), or 3.00pm (Thursday & Friday), at the prices applicable on a normal operating weekend (£16 for adults, £14 senior concession, £9 children, etc.)

  1. Members of Friends of the GCML are entitled to Privilege fares upon production of membership card. (These are available from Booking Offices; unfortunately we are unable currently to sell these online).
  2. Heritage Railway Association passes will be valid, with Privilege fares applicable upon production of passes.
  3. GCR shareholders' discount vouchers will be valid for this event.
  4. Working members of other heritage railways with whom GCR has reciprocal arrangements for reduced fares will be eligible for Privilege fares upon production of valid membership cards and work permits.
  5. Same arrangements apply as in point 1. above for holders of ex British Rail and Train Operating Company passes.
  6. Platform tickets at Loughborough and Quorn (including Quorn car park and yard) are priced at £5 – these can be offset against runabout tickets purchased for the Gala.

NOTE: A complimentary copy of the Gala programme is included in the above travel ticket prices (whilst stocks last) and includes full working timetable. Normal programme price is £3.


* Buffet - serving real ale, hot and cold drinks and selection of homemade sandwiches. Open from: 9.30am on Thurs and 8.30am on Fri, Sat & Sun.
* Yard and shed open for a browse - also check out the recently refurbished signal box (external viewing only)
* Award winning GCR museum
* Well stocked retail shop
* Emporium - railway 'Olde Curiositie Shoppe' full of books, CDs, DVDs oddities etc

Quorn & Woodhouse
* Real Ale: Over the weekend, we'll have a range of cask beers from Nottingham Brewery on offer, plus cask ciders. These will be served at the recently restored Tin Shed in the yard. Open: 11 am daily. 5pm close on Thurs, Fri & Sun, 6pm on Sat.
* Butler-Henderson café - fully licensed and serving delicious home made sandwiches and cakes. Great photo opportunities from the garden viewing area. Open: 9.30am to 5pm on Thurs & Fri. 9am to 6pm on Sat and 9am to 5pm on Sun.
* Naafi café - 1940s style tea room, under the railway arches.

* Ellis's tea room - fully licensed and serving delicious home made sandwiches and cakes. Open: 9.30am to 5pm on Thurs & Fri. 9.30am to 5.30pm on Sat & Sun.
* A great place to watch the trains go by within the sheltered cuttings (platform ticket required if not travelling).
* Station tea room serving delicious homemade cakes.

Leicester North
* The Platform Café at Greenacres - fully licensed and serving delicious home made sandwiches and cakes. Exit the station to your right. Open: 10am to 4pm on Thurs and Fri and 9.30am to 4.30pm on Sat & Sun.
* Station tea room for hot and cold drinks.

Car parking
Loughborough: LE11 1RW. On street parking is available but the surrounding roads will be busy. Many double yellow lines have been added to roads in the area, so parking is increasingly scarce; you may need to park some distance from the station and neighbouring residents don't necessarily welcome you doing this!
Quorn: LE12 8AG.This is GCR's main car parking area. Thursday & Friday: the station yard car park will be available free of charge. Saturday & Sunday: a charge of £3 per car per day will apply (no exceptions) for parking in the neighbouring field. If approaching the station from the A6 or Quorn village, the field is immediately on the left hand side after crossing the bridge over the GCR line; the walk back to the station is some 200 yards. For these two days, the only parking in Quorn station yard will be for holders of registered disabled passes (free - see below).
On-street parking in the immediate vicinity of Quorn station is subject to Council operated parking restrictions.
Rothley: LE7 7LD. There is very limited car parking in the station yard. Also, on-street parking in the immediate vicinity of Rothley station is very limited with Council operated parking restrictions.
Leicester North: LE4 3BR. There is limited car parking on the immediate approach to the station.

DISABLED PARKING: The station yard at Quorn will be available for blue badge holders and our less able-bodied visitors who do not have a blue badge. To reserve your space, please email with your name and vehicle registration details

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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).

More details to follow...

Our next running day

This Wednesday
One steam locomotive and our diesel railcar are in service this Wednesday.

Locomotive roster to be announced.
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