Diesel Gala – 7th, 8th, 9th September 2018

Our September Diesel Gala runs for three days from 7th to 9th September.

We're delighted to announce that Warship D832 "Onslaught" will be one of the guest locomotives at the event, along with Deltic 55019 "Royal Highland Fusilier". A Class 66 from GB Railfreight completes an impressive guest line up in addition to up to 8 home fleet locos.

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Guest Locomotives

- Special guest Class 42 Warship D832 "Onslaught" appear courtesy of Bury Hydraulic Group and East Lancashire Railway.

- Special guess Deltic 55019 "Royal Highland Fusilier" appearing courtesy of the Deltic Preservation Society.

- Special guest Class 66 (exact loco to be announced) appearing courtesy GB Railfreight.



Home Fleet Locomotives

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

Class 47 1705


Class 45 D123


Class 37 37714 (Saturday and Sunday)


Class 33 D6535 (Saturday and Sunday)


Class 31 D5830 (Saturday and Sunday)


Class 25 D5185 (Saturday and Sunday)


Class 20 D8098


Class 08 08907 (Friday only).



Goods trains (Friday)

By popular request we will be operating goods trains on Friday.


Travelling Post Office (TPO) demonstrations

We are expecting to run TPO demonstrations during the event - more details to follow.


Mountsorrel Branch running

We are expecting to run from our main line on to the Mountsorrel Branch on the Saturday. More details will follow.

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 £3.20 per pint), plus ciders.

Further details of the beer range will be available shortly.

Cask beers will also be available in the Griddle Car.


New for 2018

Friday night only -our very first Sulzer Spice Night - you have the choice of:-

Chicken Tikka Masala
Chicken Korma
Chickpea, sweet potato and spinach curry

Served with rice and garlic and coriander nann.


Orders can be taken throughout the day and served on the 1900 departure from Loughborough, order at the griddle as you would normally.


Gala Timetables:


Timetables to follow.



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.



Tickets will be available to purchase very soon.

£ Friday Sat or Sun Any 2 days All 3 days
Adult 20 24 40 55
Senior Concession 19 23 38 52
Child 10 12 20 30
Privilege/Friend (Adult) 14 18 - -
Privilege/Friend (Child) 8 10 - -
Family (2 Adults, up to 3 Children) 46 54 90 115
Family (1 Adult, up to 3 Children) 33 37 65 85


Under 5s: 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.


Deltic Driving Experience - Autumn 2018

We're offering a special "Deltic Driving Experience" package to take the controls of 55019 "Royal Highland Fusilier" on selected dates in October. Further details are available here.



Other diesel events

See our 2018 Diesel Events Calendar for the latest loco roster and news on forthcoming events.

Our next running day

This Weekend
Two steam locomotives and one diesel loco are in action this weekend.

BR Standard 5 73156 Stanier 8F 48624 (as 48476)
Class 33 D6535

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