Autumn Steam Gala – Thurs 5th to Sun 8th October 2017

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.

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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.

We regret that 73156 will not be in service on Sunday 8th October.

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.
  • Express. Our popular express passenger service is due to return for this event on Saturday and Sunday.
  • - Goods trains. See the railway at work with passing goods trains (Fri/Sat/Sun) including mineral wagons, and our newly restored box van train.
  • - TPO demonstrations. See Travelling Post Office trains passing at higher speed on Saturday and Sunday.
  • - Photographic display of 1960s BR Southern Region steam in the Loughborough Museum room, courtesy of Mr T Mills and Mr B Dale - both members of the fledgling MLPG (predecessor of MLST and the current GCR) in the London area. Open 10.30 (10.00 on Saturday & Sunday) to 17.00
  • - Photographic display by Boscastle Locomotive Limited of previously unpublished colour portraits of Southern steam locomotives by Brian Dale, in support of the overhaul of Boscastle. This will be held in the General waiting Room at the north end of Loughborough station. 




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

Passenger Timetables

The passenger timetables are available for download here. The full Working Timetable is included in the event programme which is available free of charge to holders of travel tickets for the event (or £2 otherwise) from all our Booking Offices at the event while stocks last. Holders of tickets purchased online - please present your ticket at any Booking Office window to receive your complimentary programme.

73156 - Sunday 8th October - We regret that Standard 5 73156 will not be working its booked diagram on Sunday 8th October. BR Standard Class 2 78018 will deputise for 73156 on Sunday. In order to maintain our full range of services and full frequency of timetable English Electric Type 1 diesel loco D8098 will work trains originally booked for 78018 in the advertised timetable. 78018's diagram consisted primarily of goods and stock positioning duties, and only one previously steam-hauled passenger service (the 14:05 Rothley to Loughborough service) will now switch to diesel traction.




£ 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 not be valid for this event.
  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.
* Shed apron open for a browse (subject to operational requirements). A roped area in front of the signal box will provide a viewing opportunity for activities taking place in the shed area. Please note that the locomotive shed itself is not expected to be open during the gala.
* 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).

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