Easter Vintage Festival – Fri 19th to Mon 22nd April 2019

All aboard for Great Central Railway's Easter Vintage Festival! Get ready to step back in time to a country fayre at Quorn & Woodhouse station. There's gallopers and a big wheel, traction engines, craft stalls, vintage cars, commercials and tractors. There's also a real ale tent with live music on Friday and Saturday.

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Easter Vintage Festival

  • This year we will have the largest collection of steam traction engines, road rollers, steam lorries and miniatures ever on the yard with over 20 engines. We have engines from New Zealand and Chile, we will have 12 Guiness Book of Record holders who attended last years greatest gathering of steam engines at the 500 at 50 Great Dorset Steam Fair. 
  • Gallopers
  • Big Wheel
  • Howard's train rides
  • Commercial vintage vehicles, classic cars and motor bikes
  • Tractors
  • Living vans
  • Real Ale Bar open throughout
  • Live Music Friday and Saturday evening

Programme of Events

Show opens at 10.00 am each day until 18.00 pm except Monday closing at 16.00 pm

Our vintage fair, Gallopers, Big Wheel and Howards Train Rides will be open from 10.00 am each day, closing at 17.30 pm on Friday and Saturday and 16.00 pm on Sunday and Monday, don't forget to visit Rothley station for the mini fun fair, charges for rides apply.

Friday, engines and exhibits arriving throughout the morning.

Friday evening we look forward to live music from The Roosters from 19.30 onward's, free entry with travel  or yard entry ticket or £6.00 on the door.

Saturday evening we look forward to Jersey Budd performing from 19.30 onward's, free entry with travel or yard entry ticket or £5.00 on the door.

Sunday, 12.00 Memorial Whistle for absent friends, 16.00 the engines, tractors etc. will go on their Annual Road Run through the village of Quorn, turning down Chaveny Road turning left at the mini roundabout in the centre of the village and back along Leicester Road with a pit stop at the Quorndon Fox.

The Tin Shed Real Ale Bar will be open throughout, opening at 11.00 am each morning, closing at 23.00 pm on Friday and Saturday night, 20.00 pm on Sunday night and 17.00 pm on Monday. There will be a selection of guest ales, Nottingham Brewery ales, ciders, prosecco, wine and soft drinks available throughout.

Nottingham Brewery

Raleway Ale 4.3%

Rock Mild 3.8%

Extra Pale Ale 4.2%

Rock Bitter 3.8%

Legend Bitter 4.0%

Foundry Mild 4.7%

Leigh on Sea Brewing Co  - Essex

Legra Pale 3.8%

Six Little Ships 4.2%

3 Piers Brewery - Poulton le Fylde (Lancs)

Old Tram 3.9%

West Coast Blonde 4.6%

Titanic Brewery - Stoke on Trent

Plum Porter 4.9%

Heritage Brewing - Burton on Trent

Heritage Gold 4.8%


Lilleys Colider 4%, Worleys Beatnik Billy 5.5% and Mendip Hills 6.4%, Sandfords Creedy Vintage 7.4%, Bottle Kicking Orange & Pineapple 4% and Gwynt Pyder 6%

Monday just join us for a relaxing day soaking up the atmosphere of steam on the track and steam on the yard!!


Our runabout tickets include unlimited rail travel, except where shown:
Adult: £18
Child (3-16): £9
Family Ticket (2 Adults and up to 3 Children): £40
Family Ticket (1 Adult and up to 3 Children): £30
Entrance to the festival at Quorn only (no train ride): £7

1. Entrance tickets to Quorn for the festival alone (not including travel) are priced at £7pp – if you hand your ticket in when booking a travel ticket this £7 will be deducted.
2. Purchase of a rail ticket gives free entry into Quorn festival.
3. Return, single and short hop tickets will not be available, except after 3.00pm when they will become available at the normal rates.
4. Normal discounted fares apply for members of Friends of Great Central Main Line (Valid membership cards must be shown) - £10 and £6 for adults and children, respectively.
5. HRA passes are suspended for this event.
6. Members of other heritage railways with whom GCR has reciprocal arrangements for reduced fares, will be
 eligible for Privilege fares.
7. Same arrangements apply as in 6. above for holders of ex British Rail and Train Operating Company passes.
8. Platform tickets at Loughborough £3


The event timetable is available for download here:



We have two steam locomotives and one diesel loco in action each day during the Easter Vintage Festival. Our diesel railcar is also operating on Saturday and Sunday.

BR Standard Class 5 73156 BR Standard 9F 92214 "Leicester City"
 Sulzer Type 2 D5185

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, and neighbouring residents don't always welcome extra vehicles!

Quorn: LE12 8AG.

On-street parking in the immediate vicinity of Quorn station is subject to Council operated parking restrictions. Car parking is available in the field car park next to Quorn & Woodhouse station at £3.00 per vehicle. Entrance to the event will be via the station steps or the weighbridge at the bottom of the drive. To buy train tickets or admission to the yard from this station on the days of the event, please use the booking office or the weighbridge entrance.

Rothley: LE7 7LD. There is very limited free car parking in the station yard due to the children's funfair. 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 free car parking on the immediate approach to the station.

Our next running day

This Weekend
Two steam locomotives and one diesel loco are in service this weekend.

Steam locomotive (selection to be confirmed) Steam locomotive (selection to be confirmed)
Class 50 50017 "Royal Oak"

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