Railways at Work Gala – Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd May

Our popular 'Railways at Work' event returns for 3 days in 2016!

***Latest news 06.05.16: GWR 42xx Class 2-8-0t No. 4247 will now not feature at the Gala after arriving at GCR and being certified as unfit to run.  Obviously, we are very disappointed and 4247 is to be replaced by ex LMS 2-8-0 no 48624.

No 4247 will however be available at Loughborough loco shed for viewing. ***

Guest locomotive No. 53808 and No. 46521 in brand new Brunswick green livery will be the stars of the Gala alongside plenty of GCR’s magnificent home fleet.  The event will showcase how railways moved freight around the country, becoming a lifeline to towns and villages ahead of the age of mass road transportation. 

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S&DJR 7F 2-8-0 No.53808 courtesy of WSR PLC and S&D Trust. Fri, Sat & Sun

LMS Class 2 2-6-0 No.46521 appearing in Brunswick green - authentic to its British Railways' service. Fri, Sat & Sun

LMS Class 5 (Black Five) 4-6-0 No.45305 to feature in double heading with 53808. Sat & Sun only

GWR Modified Hall 4-6-0 No.6990 "Witherslack Hall" Fri, Sat & Sun

BR Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 No.92214. Sat & Sun only

LMS Class 3F (JINTY) 0-6-0T No.47406 shunting demonstrations in Quorn yard.  Fri, Sat & Sun

Quorn & Woodhouse station - Working Yard

Period vehicles will arrive at Quorn & Woodhouse station yard to show how the railways moved freight around the country.  There will be a steam loco working Quorn sidings alongside the period vehicles proving providing fantastic photo opportunities.

Real Ale: At Quorn & Woodhouse station, in the tin shed bar, we have a selection of real ales and ciders on offer; these will include GCR's very own Raleway Ale (brewed specially for GCR by Nottingham Brewery).  The bar is open from 11 am each day until 6 pm (Sunday closing at 5 pm).
Beers available will be a selection from Nottingham Brewery's range of: Rock Mild 3.8% abv, Raleway Ale 4.2%, Bullion 4.7%, Legend 4.0%, Rock Bitter 3.8%.
Cask ciders: Bottle Kicking Scrummage 6.5%,  Fynbury Rutland Cider 6.0%

Demonstration Freights:  All 3 days

Shunting Displays: At Quorn, all 3 days

Double Headers: 53808 & 45305 to recreate a British Railways' S & D scenario

Goods Platform: The event will feature our new goods platform, loading and unloading, recreating the movement of goods in the heyday of steam, Saturday & Sunday

Traction Engines: Working traction engine and dray plus working steam roller, Saturday & Sunday

Vintage Commercial Vehicles: A selection of vintage commercials, Saturday & Sunday

Rolling Stock: A selection of interesting and varied rolling stock will showcase various freight and goods scenarios.


Passenger Timetables

Friday 20th May 2016

Saturday 21st May 2016

Sunday 22nd May 2016


Gala Fares

£ Friday Sat or Sun Any 2 days All 3 days
Adult 20 23 40 55
Senior Concession 18 21 36 50
Child 10 12 20 25
Privilege/Friend (Adult) 13 16 26 35
Privilege/Friend (Child) 7 8 15 20
Family 1A + 3C 30 40 55 80
Family 2A + 3C 45 60 90 120

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 (£16 for adults, £14 senior concession, £9 children, etc.)

  1. Members of Friends of the GCML are entitled to Privilege fares upon production of membership card. (These fares are available from Booking Offices; unfortunately we are unable currently to sell these online).
  2. Heritage Railway Association passes will be valid, with Privilege fares applicable upon production of passes.
  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.

Car Parking:

Quorn & Woodhouse
Postcode: LE12 8AG
The field adjacent to Quorn & Woodhouse Station (over the bridge when travelling from A6 and Quorn village, on the left hand side towards Woodhouse) will be available.  A charge of £3 per car per day will apply (no exceptions) for parking in the adjacent field; the station yard will not be available except for disabled (please refer below).

On-street parking in the immediate vicinity of Quorn & Woodhouse station is subject to Council-operated parking restrictions.

Entrance to the Gala at Quorn & Woodhouse Station will be via the stairs leading from the road bridge onto the platform (except for disabled).

Postcode: LE11 1RW
On street parking is available but the surrounding roads will be busy. Many double yellow lines are in the area, so parking is increasingly scarce.

Postcode: LE7 7LD
Parking is very limited with Council operated parking restrictions

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

DISABLED PARKING: The station yard at Quorn will be available for blue badge holders and our less able-bodied visitors who do not have a blue badge.  To reserve your space, please email marketing@gcrailway.co.uk with your name and vehicle registration details

Are you looking to stay a little longer...? 
There are some fantastic Bed & Breakfast establishments well within the reach of the railway and the following are within walking distance from Loughborough Central Station - click here

All attractions and locomotives are subject to availability.  GCR reserves the right to cancel or amend any attraction or service

Our next running day

This Wednesday
One steam locomotive and our diesel railcar are in service this Wednesday.

Locomotive roster to be announced.

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