Villains & Superheroes – Tues 25 July to Thurs 10 August (Tues, Weds, Thurs only)

Meet your favourite Villains and Superheroes during the Summer Holidays at the Great Central Railway.

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You can start your journey at any one of our 4 stations, allowing you time to travel on both our steam trains during your day with us. Each steam train carries a different set of characters.

Please see the information below and refer to our timetable (available soon) for further details. To make the most of your day, we do advise you arrive with enough to time to experience both steam trains, allowing time for the extra entertainment along the way, such as the funfair and face painting (these extras are not included in your ticket price)

Princess Express – Join your favourite princesses and other characters for a sing-a-long and photo opportunities aboard the Princess Express.

Superhero Express – Meet villains and superheroes who will be greeting you aboard the Superhero Express.

Best Dressed Competition - why not really get in to the spirit of the event and dress up in your own character costume. Post your photos on our Facebook page and we will choose our best dressed visitor to win a family pass to our family fun event during August Bank Holiday.

Free Sweets - handed to children on the train by our characters

Photo Opportunities - bring your camera and get ready to snap away all day long with our many different characters

NB: Characters are likely to change on a daily basis and may not be as advertised on the poster.

 

Timetable

 

Loughborough station

The Princess Express and Villains and Superhero Express start here and return from Leicester North (please see below)

Face painting – Our new facepainter Daisy Jane's Face Painting will be with us all day offering half face designs for just £3!

Refreshment Room open for hot and cold refreshments daily

Rothley station

You can board any of our trains from Rothley. Please be aware that our characters do start their journey from our Loughborough station and that there is a possibility that it may take some time to get to you. The characters will pass through the carriages several times during the journey, but cannot be guaranteed to cover the whole train between every stop.

Mini Funfair – a selection of rides and games for all the family to enjoy (please note, this is not included in your ticket price, and will be charged on a ride by ride basis)

Ellis Tearooms – open for hot and cold refreshments daily

Quorn and Woodhouse station

You can board any of our trains from Quorn. Please be aware that our characters do start their journey from our Loughborough station and that there is a possibility that it may take some time to get to you. The characters will pass through the carriages several times during the journey but cannot be guaranteed to cover the whole train between every stop.

Main car park facility

Butler Henderson – open for hot and cold refreshments daily

Leicester North station

You can board any of our trains from Leicester North. Please be aware that our characters do start their journey from our Loughborough station and that there is a possibility that it may take some time to get to you. The characters will pass through the carriages several times during the journey but cannot be guaranteed to cover the whole train between every stop.

 

Event fares

Family ticket A: £30 (2 adults and up to 3 children)

Family ticket B: £20 (1 adults and up to 3 children)

Adult runabout: £13

Senior runabout: £11

Child runabout (2 or over): £5

Child under 2: Free

 

FOGCML Members:  Friends of the Great Central Mainline are entitled (upon production of current valid membership card) to a discounted day runabout fare of £9; the corresponding fare for a child member is £5.

HRA pass holders: Special rates apply for visitors with Heritage Railway Association passes (on production of a valid membership card): £9 adult runabout fare and £5 for a child member

Car parking
Loughborough: LE11 1RW. On street parking is available but the surrounding roads will be busy. Many double yellow lines have been added to roads in the area, so parking is increasingly scarce; you may need to park some distance from the station and neighbouring residents don't necessarily welcome this!
Quorn: LE12 8AG.This is GCR's main car parking area. On-street parking in the immediate vicinity of Quorn station is subject to Council operated parking restrictions.
Rothley: LE7 7LD. There is very limited car parking in the station yard. Also, on-street parking in the immediate vicinity of Rothley station is very limited with Council operated parking restrictions.
Leicester North: LE4 3BR. There is limited car parking on the immediate approach to the station.

All locomotives and attractions appear subject to availability

Passengers are conveyed by the Company's trains in accordance with the Company's "Conditions of Carriage" (as shown on this website). All train services, locomotives, exhibits and other attractions appear subject to availability and are subject to change without prior notice.

Our next running day

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

9F 92214 "Leicester City" 6990 "Witherslack Hall"
Sulzer Type 2 D5185

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