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 6 steam locos and 1 diesel loco in action in a busy and exciting weekend to draw the 2018 running season to a close.

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

Black 5 45305 is also expected to appear at the event subject to completion of a successful steam test following repairs.

Visitors can expect:

  • A busy timetable.
  • 6 steam locomotives!
  • A frequent passenger service.
  • Goods trains.
  • A 1960's feel with 3 BR Standard Class locomotives joining the earlier LMS designs of Sir William Stanier, and a sign of the future with diesel D123.



The locomotive lineup featuring 5 steam locos and a diesel is likely to be:

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

Stanier Class 5 45305 (returning to traffic following repair - subject to completion).
92214 "Leicester City" Stanier 8F 48624
BR Standard Class 5 73156 Class 45 "Peak" D123
Fowler 3F 47406 
(hauling goods trains and our pre-booked First Class dining train)


All-day runabout tickets- unlimited travel on the date of issue:

£ Sat or Sun
Adult £22
Senior Concession £21
Child (5-16 inclusive) £10
Privilege/Friend (Adult) £17
Privilege/Friend (Child) £8
Family 2A + 3C £46
Family 1A + 3C £32

Under 5s: Free of charge

No short hop tickets available between stations. Return tickets may however be purchased after 3.00 pm at the prices applicable on a normal operating weekend.

Platform tickets at Loughborough Central and Quorn are available for £5 at this event, these can be offset against runabout tickets.

* Friends of Great Central Main Line may purchase 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.



45305 emerged from Loughborough Locomotive Works on Wednesday 14th November 2018, looking extremely smart with a fresh coat of paint.


Car Parking:

LoughboroughLE11 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 and will be free for visitors travelling on the trains.

Rothley: LE7 7LD. There is very limited free car parking in the station yard.

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

Disabled Parking

Blue Badge holders -  Disabled parking is allocated at Quorn & Woodhouse Station.  Parking spaces must be pre-booked, please email or call 01509 632315 with your vehicle registration details.



We offer a full range of refreshment facilities along our line.
Set A on the timetable conveys our Griddle Car, serving hot and cold refreshments including our famous ‘All day breakfast’.
Loughborough Refreshment Room situated on Loughborough Station.
Butler Henderson Café at Quorn and Woodhouse Station.
Ellis Tea Room at Rothley Station.

Tin Shed at Quorn will be open for the sale of Real Ale and Cider from 11am - 5pm

Our next running day

This Weekend

Our Santa Steam Trains are running this weekend.

Make your Christmas extra special by joining us on our Santa Steam Trains (pre-booking is essential for our Santa services).

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