Spring Diesel Gala – 14th and 15th April 2018

Visiting special guest Class 33 33035 joins seven home fleet locos of English Electric and Sulzer types.

Join us for a busy gala weekend of intensive running of our heritage diesel fleet, featuring special guest Class 33 33035.

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Special guest Class 33 33035 - Appearing courtesy of Pioneer Diesel Locomotive Group


We will be working the locos to a seriously intensive timetable, only possible on GCR's double track - more details to follow!



There will be a wide variety of food and drink available at this event. Our renowned griddle car will be in traffic offering a selection of hot and cold meals, from our famous all day breakfasts to our light bite sandwiches. This will operate throughout both days.

Evening meals will be served from our Griddle Car on the 1835 departure from Loughborough Central on Saturday 14th April. The evening menu is to be confirmed.


Saturday evening trains

On Saturday trains will be running well into the evening with an ale train including a Griddle Car serving a special evening menu, beginning with the first evening departure at 17:15.


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 per pint).

Beers are to be confirmed.

Cask beers will also be available in the Griddle Car.


Home Fleet Locomotives

Joining special guest Class 33 33035 are seven locos from the home fleet.

Class 47 1705

Fresh from overhaul. First passenger trains since 2015


Class 45 D123

Appearing fresh from repaint


Class 37 37714


Class 33 D6535


Class 31 D5830


Class 25 D5185


Class 20 D8098






Event Programme

A timetable and information booklet is available free with tickets for this event and also available to purchase for £2.

Available from all Booking Offices while stocks last.


Live Updates service

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


Adult: £20

Seniors: £19

Children: £10 (aged 5-16 inclusive)

Family Ticket: £40 (2 adults & up to 3 children)

Family Ticket: £25 (1 adult & up to 3 children)

Under 5s: Free of charge

No short hop tickets available between stations.

Platform tickets at Loughborough Central are available for £5 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, £6 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 2018 Diesel Events Calendar for the latest loco roster and news on forthcoming events.

Our next running day

This Weekend
Two steam locomotives, one diesel loco, and our diesel railcar are in service this weekend.

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English Electric Type 1 D8098 Metro Cammell Diesel Railcar

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