Dino Days – Tuesday 13th to Thursday 14th August 2019

New "Dino Days" on 13th, 14th, and 15th August 2019.

Tiny the huge Triceratops is simply jaw-dropping! At 5.5 metres long, he has an awesome presence and is adored by all ages.  He loves playing follow-my-leader with a trail of tiny tots stomping along behind him! He also craves cuddles from any daring Grannysaurus!

The Dino Babies are simply awesome and adorable! Everyone wants to stroke and photograph them! We have several in the family and each has a quirky character of its own!  Come and meet them!

The Jurassic Jungle

Come on an adventure through our very own Jurassic Jungle where you can dress up as a Dinosaur Explorer and search for dinosaurs and fossils out in the wilds. Who knows what exciting things you might find!

Photo ops, role-play, dressing up, interactive fun.

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Platform Cafe
Platform Retail shop


Face painting - small additional charge (not suitable for under 3's)

'Ye Olde Tin Shed Tuck Shop'
Hide and find picture hunt competition
Butler Henderson cafe serving light bites and refreshments

Main Car Park


New - Funfair rides - pay as you go per ride
Explore the miniature garden railway
Ellis's tea room serving light bites and refreshments


Here you can watch the locomotive run-round the train.

Your Train Journey

Start and finish your journey at any one of our 4 stations and hop on and off along the way all day long!
Enjoy a 16 mile return trip behind a steam engine

Join any of our trains at any of our four stations, for a fun packed day for all the family.


Will follow closer to the event

TRAIN FARES: (short-hop tickets and platform tickets are not available at this event).

Family Ticket: £38 (2 adults & up to 3 children)
£30 (1 adult & up to 3 children)
Adult: £18
Children: £9 (aged 3-16 inclusive)
Under 3s: Free of charge


No short hop tickets available between stations. PLATFORM TICKETS AT LOUGHBOROUGH WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE

*Normal discounts apply for members of Friends of Great Central Main Line to buy Privilege rate tickets upon production of membership card.
*HRA passes will not be valid
*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.


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.

Quorn: LE12 8AG.  This is GCR's main car park.

Rothley: LE7 7LD. There is very limited free car parking in the station yard due to the children's funfair and the designated disabled area.

Leicester North: LE4 3BR.  There is limited free car parking on the immediate approach to the station.

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

Friday 19th to Monday 22nd April

Two steam locomotives and a diesel loco are in action for our Easter Vintage Festival event.

Special guest Class 14 D9537 is the rostered diesel loco on Saturday and Sunday.

BR Standard Class 5 73156 BR Standard 9F 92214 "Leicester City"
Guest Class 14 D9537 Metro Cammell Diesel Railcar

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