Last Hurrah of the season – 17th & 18th November 2018

The last chance of the year to enjoy a GCR Gala before the Santa Season.

We're due to have at least 5 steam locos and a diesel loco in action in a busy and exciting weekend to draw the 2018 running season to a close.

This will be the final gala appearance for 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" (appearing courtesy of the National Railway Museum) before overhaul.

  • 8F 48305 due to return after overhaul: The major overhaul of popular Stanier Class 8 48305 is almost complete and the loco is expected to appear at the Last Hurrah, subject to completion of the final parts of the overhaul work.
  • Black 5 45305 due to return after repairs: Repairs to Stanier Class 5 45305 are also nearing completion, and this loco is also hoped to be in service at the event.

Full details are to be confirmed, but visitors can expect:

  • Frequent passenger service.
  • Goods trains.
  • At least one loco making a return to steam - news will appear here soon!

More details will be published on this page shortly. Please check back soon for the latest information.



The locomotive lineup featuring 5 steam locos and a diesel loco will be confirmed very soon.

70013 "Oliver Cromwell"
Appearing courtesy of the National Railway Museum.

Stanier 8F 48305 - Returning after major overhaul (subject to completion).
Stanier Class 5 45305 (returning to traffic following repair - subject to completion). Steam locomotive to be confirmed.
Steam locomotive to be confirmed. Diesel locomotive to be confirmed.

Our next running day

This Weekend
Two steam locomotives, and visiting Deltic 55019 "Royal Highland Fusilier" are in service this weekend.

We are also running a diesel railcar service on the Mountsorrel Branch Line this weekend.

6990 "Witherslack Hall" Steam locomotive roster to be confirmed
Deltic 55019 "Royal Highland Fusilier" Metro Cammell diesel railcar (Mountsorrel Branch)

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