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 - see below!


Our special guest - 33035:

Class 33035 was built by the Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Company as part of a batch delivered to the Southern Region of British Railways in May 1961. It features an 8 cylinder Sulzer diesel engine rated at 1550hp driving Crompton Parkinson traction motors earning the class the nickname “Cromptons”.

33035 was withdrawn from service in October 1996 and was purchased for preservation in 1997 and moved to Barrow Hill, Chesterfield. Whilst there 33035 has been extensively restored and painted into British Rail Blue with the Pioneer Diesel Locomotive Group as proud restorers and carers.



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 Menu

The evening menu is priced at £6.50 per meal - please place your order during the day:

  • Pasties with chips and beans (vegetarian option available)
  • Chilli con carne and rice

Meals will be served on the 17:15 departure from Loughborough Central which is due to be double-headed by two Class 33s, special guest 33035 and resident D6535.


Saturday evening trains

On Saturday trains will be running well into the evening with an ale train including a Beerex Service 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 £3.20 per pint).

Magpie Raven Stout 4.4% abv
Heritage Charrington IPA 4.5
H B Clark Hello Spring 4.0
Nottingham Raleway Ale 4.3
Mallard Speckduckular 4.2
Nottingham Legend 4.0
Holdens Golden Glow 4.4
Full Mash Illuminati 4.2
Nottingham Foundry Mild 4.7
Milestone Cromwell Bitter 4.0
Nottingham Sparrowhawk (aka Robin Hood IPA) 3.9
Merrie City Classic Blonde 3.9
Nottingham St George's Ale 5.0
Shipstones Nut Brown 4.0

We will also have cask ciders at £4.00 per pint.

Cask beers will also be available in the Griddle Car.

Please note that not all beers will be available at the same time.

Home Fleet Locomotives

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

Class 47 1705 - Returning after major works and repaint. First passenger trains since 2015


Class 45 D123 - Appearing freshly repainted


Class 37 37714


Class 33 D6535


Class 31 D5830


Class 25 D5185


Class 20 D8098





Gala Timetables:

Saturday 14th April - Passenger Timetable V1.1a (updated 11th April)

Sunday 15th April - Passenger Timetable V1.1a (updated 1th April)


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: £30 (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 Wednesday
One steam locomotive and one diesel loco are in service on Wednesday.

BR Class 25 D5185 BR Standard Class 5 73156

Our Griddle Car will operate on the diesel-hauled train today, departing Loughborough at 10:00, 12:00, and 14:00.

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