Diesel Gala – 9 & 10 September 2017

Visiting special guests Class 35 (Hymek) D7017 and Class 26 D5343 join five home fleet locos of English Electric and Sulzer types.

Join us for a busy gala weekend of intensive running of our heritage diesel fleet, featuring special guest Hymek D7017

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We will be working the locos to a seriously intensive timetable, only possible on GCR's double track - more details to follow!


There will be a wide variety of food and drink available at this event. Our renowned griddle car will be in traffic offering a selection of hot and cold meals, from our famous all day breakfasts to our light bite sandwiches. This will operate throughout both days.

A hot dog stall is due to be available at Loughborough Central station.

Evening meals will be served from our Griddle Car on the 1845 departure from Loughborough Central on Saturday 9th September. Please pre-order your meal before 1700 to be served on this trip.

Evening menu:

  • - Spaghetti Bolognese with garlic bread.
  • - Chilli con carne, rice and garlic bread.
  • - Chick pea, sweet potato and spinach curry, rice and garlic bread. (v)

All Priced at £6.50.


Saturday evening Load-ex

On Saturday trains will be running well into the evening. We're running our first "Load-ex" this year starting at 17:30 on Saturday from Loughborough with a 9-coach train with up to four locos! One loco leaves the train on the second and third of the three trips full round trips of the line.



Real Ale

A real ale bar will be available in the General Waiting Room at Loughborough Central station from 11:00 am. Cask beers on offer (all at just £3 per pint), plus ciders, include:
Shipstones IPA 5.5% abv
Nottingham Legend 4.0%
Flipside Sterling Pale 3.9%
Nethergate Stour Valley Gold 4.2%
Heritage Offilers Best 4.0%
B&T Midsummer Ale 4.5%
Dukeries De Love Tot 4.2%
Nottingham EPA 4.2%
Nottingham Sooty Oatmeal Stout 4.8%
Nottingham Rock Mild 3.8%
Nottingham Rock Bitter 3.8%
Please note that not all beers will be available throughout.

Cask beers will also be available in the Griddle Car.



- Special guest Class 35  Hymek D7017 appearing courtesy of Diesel and Electric Preservation Group and West Somerset Railway

- Special guest Class 26 D5343 appearing courtesy of Cotswold Mainline Diesel Group and Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway.

- Class 20 D8098.

- Class 25 D5185.

- Class 31 D5830.

- Class 33 D6535.

- Class 37 37714.


Mountsorrel Branch running:

We are running two special trips from our main line on to the Mountsorrel Branch on both days of the diesel gala - the first time that the branch has been open to passengers during a gala event.

The diesel railcar will depart from Loughborough at 11:30 and 13:45 and will call at Quorn and Woodhouse before joining the Mountsorrel Branch at Swithland Sidings and travelling to the end of the line at Mountsorrel before returning to the GCR main line.

For this weekend only, branch travel is included in the price of runabout tickets on a first come first served basis as capacity is limited on the diesel railcar.

Please note that there are no "branch only" fares at this event. Passengers must purchase an all-day runabout ticket for the event to enjoy the branch trains as a part of the their visit.

Gala Timetables:

Saturday 9th September

Sunday 10th September


Event Programme

A timetable and information booklet is available free with tickets for this event and also available to purchase for £2.

Available from all Booking Offices while stocks last.


Live Updates service

Our free Live Updates service will be available for mobile phone and tablets owners during the event at www.gcrailway.co.uk/liveupdates. The service provides up-to-the-minute information on services, including any service alterations.


Adult: £18

Seniors: £16

Children: £10 (aged 5-16 inclusive)

Family Ticket: £40 (2 adults & up to 3 children)

Family Ticket: £25 (1 adult & up to 3 children)

Under 5s: Free of charge

No short hop tickets available between stations.

Platform tickets at Loughborough Central are available for £5 at this event. These are not valid on trains.

*Normal discounts apply for members of Friends of Great Central Main Line to buy Privilege rate tickets (£12 adult, £6 child) upon production of membership card. *HRA pass will not be valid at this event. *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 working membership cards. *Same arrangements apply as above for holders of ex British Rail and Train Operating Company passes.

All attractions and locomotives are subject to availability. GCR reserves the right to cancel or amend any attraction or service.

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