End of BR Steam Gala – 4th/5th & 11th/12th August 2018

The only place to travel behind 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" on the 50th anniversary of the final steam hauled service on British Rail.

50 years ago, the final steam hauled services operated on British Railways, culminating in the "Fifteen Guinea Special" as it became known.

A major part of this railtour was hauled by 70013 "Oliver Cromwell", and we're delighted to present that very locomotive in a unique gala event over two weekends to recreate the memories of those last days of steam in 1968.

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Weekend 1:
Saturday 4th
& Sunday 5th August 2018

Weekend 2:
Saturday 11th
& Sunday 12th August 2018.

Tickets are available to purchase online and on the day.


· Recreation of events during the final two weekend of BR steam.

· The only place to travel behind 70013 Oliver Cromwell on the 50th anniversary of the last days of steam.

· Fifteen Guinea Special recreation on 11th and 12th August.

· Busy passenger timetable.

· Prototypical goods trains.

· Main line experience with trains passing on our double track.

· Locomotives lay over at Leicester North between trains (11th and 12th August).

· One diesel loco in authentic British Railways green livery - a sign of the times in 1968.

Photographic exhibition in the General Waiting Room at Loughborough - featuring prints of the Fifteen Guinea Special

Real ale bar in the Tin Shed at Quorn

Summer Vintage Vehicle Festival at Quorn on 4th & 5th August

Guided tours of the Loughborough Loco Shed on 11th & 12th August


More details will be available very soon - please check back soon for the latest information.



We'll be presenting a very strong lineup of locomotives in addition to 70013 Oliver Cromwell which will be confirmed soon.

We are hopeful that the event will feature two popular locos which are currently under overhaul - detail soon.

70013 "Oliver Cromwell" BR Standard 5 73156
8F 48624

Gala fares:

Ticket type £
Adult 23
Senior Concession 22
Child 12
Privilege/Friend (Adult) 17
Privilege/Friend (Child) 8
Family 1A + 3C 40
Family 2A + 3C 50

Return, single and short hop tickets will not be available. Return tickets may be purchased after 3 pm each day at the prices applicable on a normal operating weekend (£17 for adults, £16 senior concession, £9 children, etc.)

  1. Members of Friends of the FoGCML are entitled to Privilege fares upon production of membership card.
  2. Heritage Railway Association passes will NOT be valid at this event.
  3. 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 membership cards and work permits.
  4. Same arrangements apply as in 1. above for holders of ex British Rail and Train Operating Company passes.
  5. Platform tickets at Loughborough and Quorn (including Quorn car park and yard) are priced at £5 – these can be offset against runabout tickets purchased for the Gala.




Our next running day

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
We are running passenger trains on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week.

Due to the recent very hot and dry conditions, and the resulting risk of lineside fires, we will be operating an all-diesel service on Thursday.

Class 37 37714 Metro Cammel Diesel Railcar

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