Easter Holiday Trains – Tue 16th to Thu 18th, and Tue 23rd to Thu 25th April 2019

Easter Animal Fun

Over the Easter Half term we will turn the Great Central Railway into an animal lover’s haven. Come along and hang out with Elvis, Tula, Petal and Tiny Tim, we are of course talking about some wonderful fur, feathered and hairy animals.

Bring your cameras with you as there will be lots of photo opportunities.

Our excellent entertainer will be on the trains and come in fancy dress to be entered into best dressed competition.

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Marquee to meet and hold the animals
Photo opportunities - don’t forget to bring your camera!
Face painting - small additional charge (no suitable for under 3's)


Marquee with Charity and Craft stalls
'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.


We have two timetables available for download below.

Easter Animal Fun trains operate to the same timetable each day, but Wednesdays also have separate additional diesel trains running on the Mountsorrel Branch (an additional fares is payable for these Mountsorrel Branch diesel trains).



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

Tickets allow unlimited travel on our passenger trains (excluding the separate Mountsorrel Branch diesel railcar services on Wednesdays) and all entertainment except for the fun fair and face painting which have a small additional charge.

No short hop tickets available between stations (except for separate Mountsorrel Branch train tickets available on Wednesdays). Platform tickets are not available at Loughborough Central during this event.

*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.


Mountsorrel Branch Trains - Wednesday 17th and Wednesday 24th April only

In addition to the Easter Animal Fun event, we are also operating diesel trains on the Mountsorrel Branch on Wednesday 17th and Wednesday 24th April. Visitors with a tickets to the Easter Animal Fun event (which already includes unlimited travel on our main line steam trains on the day) can also enjoy a round-trip on the Mountsorrel Branch aboard a diesel railcar for a discounted supplementary fare of £3 per person. Please see the timetable above for train times to and from the Mountsorrel Branch.  A separate event page for Mountsorrel Branch trains is available here.



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

This Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
Two steam locomotives are in service on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Stanier 8F 48305. Fowler 3F 47406.

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