Diesel Gala – 6th, 7th, 8th September 2019

Our September Diesel Gala runs for three days from 6th to 8th September 2019.

Warship replaces Clayton:
We are now expecting Warship Class D821 "Greyhound" to star at our September Diesel Gala as a high-calibre replacement for the originally advertised Clayton D8568. The sole-surviving Clayton is no longer available to attend the event to circumstances beyond our control. We apologise for any disappointment that this may cause.

8 locos from the home fleet are also expected to feature during an exciting weekend where we work the locos to an intensive timetable.

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Guest Locomotives

We're pleased to present two special guest locomotives at this event.

Warship Class D821 "Greyhound"
(appearing courtesy of Diesel Traction Group).
(Photograph by Paul Winter)
Class 25 D7535
(Appearing courtesy of South Devon Diesel Traction)



Home Fleet Locomotives

Joining our special guests are seven locos from our home fleet.

Class 50 50017 Class 47 1705
(Saturday and Sunday)
Class 45 D123
(Saturday and Sunday)
Class 37 37714
Class 33 D6535
(Saturday and Sunday)
Class 25 D5185
Class 20 D8098
(Saturday and Sunday)
Metro Cammel Diesel Railcar

Food and Drink

  • Our Griddle Car will be open throughout the event on our main passenger set.
  • Loughborough Refreshment Room, Butler Henderson Cafe (Quorn), and Ellis Tea Room (Rothley) will be open for business, along with station Tea Rooms at Quorn & Woodhouse, Rothley, and Leicester North stations.
  • A barbecue stand will be open on the platform at Loughborough Central.

Real Ale

A real ale bar will be available in the General Waiting Room at Loughborough Central station from 11:00 am. Cask beers on offer (all at just £3.30 per pint), plus ciders.

Cask beers will also be available in the Griddle Car.

Diesel Fish & Chip Train - Friday 6th September

We are operating a special Diesel Fish & Chip train on Friday 6th September. Pre-booking is essential for our Fish & Chip trains.

Tickets cost £22. The train departs from Loughborough Central at 6:30pm and will run for two round-trips of the line. Fish, chips, and mushy peas, and a tub of ice cream will be served during the journey, and a real ale bar is available on board.

For more details and booking information, please see the event page.



Gala Timetables:

Gala timetables will be published closer to the event, but expect an intensive timetable during this event.



Heritage Bus Shuttle - Saturday 7th September

A bus shuttle from Loughborough Midland (East Midlands Railway) to Loughborough Central station is planned for Saturday 7th September, to run from 0830 to 1015 and from 1615 to 1830. Full details will be available here closer to the event. There will be no bus shuttle on the Friday or Sunday.

Test car 2 on display

The unique "Test Car 2" is expected to be on public display at Quorn & Woodhouse during the event. The vehicle was predominantly used for slip/brake testing of freight wagons and has been lovingly restored by the Quorn Wagon Group. More details will appear in the event programme.



Live Updates service

Our free Live Updates service will be available for mobile phone and tablets owners during the event. The service provides up-to-the-minute information on services, including any service alterations.



Ticket are available to purchase online now, or on the day from any of our four stations.

£ Friday Sat or Sun Any 2 days All 3 days
Adult 20 24 40 55
Child (3-16) 10 12 20 30
Privilege/Friend (Adult) 12 16 - -
Privilege/Friend (Child) 7 9 - -
Family (2 Adults, up to 3 Children) 46 54 90 115
Family (1 Adult, up to 3 Children) 33 37 65 85

Under 3s: Free of charge

No short hop tickets available between stations.

Platform tickets at Loughborough Central are available for £7 at this event. These are not valid on trains.

*Normal discounts apply for members of Friends of Great Central Main Line to buy Privilege rate tickets (£14 adult, £8 child) upon production of membership card. *HRA passes will not be valid at this event. *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.



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



Other diesel events

See our 2019 Diesel Events Calendar for the latest loco roster and news on forthcoming events.

Our next running day

This Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
Two steam locomotives are in service on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Stanier 8F 48305. Fowler 3F 47406.

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