Christmas Holiday Trains from 26th December

From December 26th to January 2nd, ride on our Christmas Holiday & New Year Trains and steam away those winter blues...

We're hopeful that Britannia Pacific 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" (appearing courtesy of the National Railway Museum) will be in service on our Christmas Holiday Trains from 26th to 31st December. We will bring more news on the locomotive roster in the week prior to Christmas. This will be Oliver Cromwell's final appearances before withdrawal for overhaul.

It's full steam ahead at the Great Central Railway - Every day over the Christmas holiday period we're running some of the gems of our locomotive fleet on a busy train service. Our normal fares and Friends of the Great Central Main Line discounts apply.



We look forward to seeing you!

All locomotives and attractions appear subject to availability. Great Central Railway reserves the right to amend or cancel any service.


Locomotive roster

The final roster for our Christmas Holiday Trains will be confirmed just prior to the event, but 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" (appearing courtesy of the National Railway Museum) is expected to feature alongside a second locomotive in an all-steam service. Please check this page for the latest news.

70013 "Oliver Cromwell"
Appearing courtesy of the National Railway Museum.

Second steam loco choice to be confirmed.



(Fares applicable until close of business on 2nd January 2018).

Our best value "off peak" day fares from Loughborough Central are shown below. Similar fares are applicable from our other stations.

Please note that standard or special fares and other terms/ conditions apply on special event and gala days which are marked in yellow on the timetable, or other dates as advertised.

 £ Adult     Child     Senior    
Day runabout  (see Notes 1 & 2) £17.00 £9.00 £16.00
Day return Quorn £6.00 £3.00 -
..        ..     Rothley £11.00 £6.00 -
..        ..     Leicester (see Notes 1 & 2)     £15.00 £8.00 -
Single Quorn £3.00 £2.00 -
..        Rothley £6.00 £3.00 -
..        Leicester £8.00 £5.00 -
Family runabout (1A + 3C)       (see Notes 1 & 2) £30.00
Family runabout (2A + 3C)   (see Notes 1 & 2) £40.00


1. Day returns to Leicester at £15 adults (no senior concession) and children £8 are available after 2.30 pm. These tickets can be used as runabouts, without restriction.

2. Registered disabled visitors are charged at the concessionary senior fare; an accompanying registered carer is offered a free complimentary fare.

3. Friends of Great Central Main Line members are entitled (upon production of current valid membership card) to reduced Privilege runabout fares of £10 (£6 child).

4. The above fares structure may be suspended for special events.

5. Children's fares apply to those aged between 5-15; children under age 5 travel free (except at certain special events).

7. Senior fares apply to visitors who are age 65 or over and are available on day runabout tickets where shown.

8. Dogs, cycles and large items of luggage are a flat fare of £2.

9. Students (on production of a valid NUS card) may claim any concessionary fare applicable to seniors.

10. For visitors with Heritage Railway Association passes, Privilege rate fares apply as per Note 3. above (on production of a valid membership card); this concession will NOT apply for certain special event days.

11. Our standard adult runabout fare (valid on all advertised services with standard class accommodation, except reservation only services (including Santa trains)) is £40 - this is valid for use on one day only during the 31 days from date of issue.

For fares for Group Bookings please contact the Booking Office on 01509 632 323

For a full list of our conditions of carriage, click here

While every effort will be made to maintain services, we do not guarantee that trains will arrive/ depart at the times stated. We reserve the right to alter or suspend any train or attraction without notice. No liability for any loss, inconvenience or delay can be accepted.
All railway locomotives release, on occasions, oily deposits into the atmosphere, including cinders from steam locos. We regret that we cannot take responsibility for damage to visitors’ clothing, vehicles or other personal belongings caused by these occurrences.





Our next running day

19th to 24th December - Santa Steam Trains

Our Santa Steam Trains (pre-booking essential) are running every day from from 19th to 24th December.

Make your Christmas extra special by joining us on our Santa Steam Trains which all depart from Loughborough Central Station.

Click here for more information

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