Winter Steam Gala – 26th-28th January 2018

LNER B12 8572 and LMS Crab 13065 star!

Our annual Winter Steam Gala takes place over three days on 26th, 27th, and 28th January 2018.

Three days of intensive action on our double track featuring passenger and goods/freight services. We're recreating the experience of a busy main line railway in the age of steam.

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Eight locos in steam during the event!


Two special guests

LNER B12 4-6-0 8572 8572 LNER B12 4-6-0 appears in LNER "apple green" livery.

Appearing courtesy of the Midland & Great Northern Society and North Norfolk Railway.

LMS Crab 2-6-0 13065 13065 LMS Crab 2-6-0 appearing in LMS Crimson Lake livery.

Appearing courtesy of East Lancashire Railway.

Major Attractions

The gala will feature an intensive timetable with a large number of train movements only possible on the GCR's double track, with the most frequent train service on Saturday and Sunday.

The main highlights of the gala are due to include:

  • Intensive timetable - Possibility for over 90 movements at Loughborough on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Up to 10 locos in steam including up to 8 home fleet locos.
  • Goods trains. See the railway at work with passing goods trains including mineral wagons, and our recently restored box van train.
  • TPO demonstrations. See Travelling Post Office trains are expected to pass at higher speed on Saturday and Sunday.










Home Fleet Locos

In addition to our two special guest locos, we're expecting to have up to seven locos from the home fleet expected to include:

9F 92214 Leicester City Stanier 8F 48624
9F 92214 "Leicester City" Stanier 8F 48624
Ivatt Class 2 46521 BR Standard 2 78018
Fowler 3F 47406 J94 Austerity 68067

Unfortunately 6990 "Witherslack Hall" is not available for this event due to requiring repairs.


Passenger Timetables (Updated 21/01/18)


The full Working Timetable is included in the event programme which is available free of charge to holders of travel tickets for the event (or £2 otherwise) from all our Booking Offices at the event while stocks last. Holders of tickets purchased online - please present your ticket at any Booking Office window to receive your complimentary programme.


£ Friday Sat or Sun Any 2 days Any 3 days
Adult 22 28 50 65
Senior Concession 21 27 48 62
Child 12 15 26 34
Privilege/Friend (Adult) 15 21 36 45
Privilege/Friend (Child) 9 12 20 25
Family 1A + 3C 34 45 80 100
Family 2A + 3C 50 68 105 125

Tickets may be booked online here, or purchased on arrival at the event at any of our Booking Offices.

Return, single and short hop tickets will not be available. Return tickets may be purchased after 3.30 pm (Saturday & Sunday), or 3.00pm (Friday), at the prices applicable on a normal operating weekend.

  1. Members of Friends of the GCML are entitled to Privilege fares upon production of membership card. (These are available from Booking Offices; unfortunately we are unable currently to sell these online).
  2. Heritage Railway Association passes will not be valid for this event.
  3. GCR shareholders' discount vouchers will be valid for this event.
  4. 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 membership cards and work permits.
  5. Same arrangements apply as in point 1. above for holders of ex British Rail and Train Operating Company passes.
  6. Platform tickets at Loughborough and Quorn (including Quorn car park and yard) are priced at £6 – these can be offset against runabout tickets purchased for the Gala.

NOTE: A complimentary copy of the Gala programme and Working Timetable is included in the above travel ticket prices (whilst stocks last). and includes full working timetable. Normal programme price is £2.


Griddle Car - Delicious meals on-board our trains

Look out for our Griddle Car on the trains on all three days with a great range of meals available including our legendary all-day breakfast.

The Griddle Car is due to appear in the set marked "A" on the timetable.


At The Stations

* Buffet - serving real ale, hot and cold drinks and selection of homemade sandwiches. Open from 8.30am on Fri, Sat & Sun.
* Locomotive shed - expected to be open following the last locomotive going off shed. Please follow the marked route.
* Award winning GCR museum
* Well stocked retail shop
* Emporium - railway 'Olde Curiositie Shoppe' full of books, CDs, DVDs oddities etc

Quorn & Woodhouse
* Real Ale: Over the weekend, we'll have a range of cask beers from Nottingham Brewery on offer, plus cask ciders. These will be served at the recently restored Tin Shed in the yard. Open: 11 am daily. 5pm Fri & Sun, 6pm on Sat.
* Butler-Henderson café - fully licensed and serving delicious home made sandwiches and cakes. Great photo opportunities from the garden viewing area. Open: 9.30am to 5pm on Fri. 9am to 6pm on Sat and 9am to 5pm on Sun.
* Naafi café - 1940s style tea room, under the railway arches.

* Ellis's tea room - fully licensed and serving delicious home made sandwiches and cakes. Open: 9.30am to 5pm on Fri. 9.30am to 5.30pm on Sat & Sun.
* A great place to watch the trains go by within the sheltered cuttings (platform ticket required if not travelling).
* Station tea room serving delicious homemade cakes.

Leicester North
* Station tea room for hot and cold drinks.

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 you doing this!

Quorn: LE12 8AG.This is GCR's main car parking area. Thursday & Friday: the station yard car park will be available free of charge. Saturday & Sunday: a charge of £3 per car per day will apply (no exceptions) for parking in the neighbouring field. If approaching the station from the A6 or Quorn village, the field is immediately on the left hand side after crossing the bridge over the GCR line; the walk back to the station is some 200 yards. For these two days, the only parking in Quorn station yard will be for holders of registered disabled passes (free - see below).
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.

DISABLED PARKING: The station yard at Quorn will be available for blue badge holders and our less able-bodied visitors who do not have a blue badge. To reserve your space, please email with your name and vehicle registration details

LOOKING TO STAY A LITTLE LONGER? There are some great accommodation providers in the area and here is a selection

All locomotives and attractions appear subject to availability, GCR reserve the right to cancel or amend any service.

Passengers are conveyed by the Company's trains in accordance with the Company's "Conditions of Carriage" (as shown on this website).

More details to follow..

Our next running day

This Weekend
Two steam locomotives, and visiting Deltic 55019 "Royal Highland Fusilier" are in service this weekend.

We are also running a diesel railcar service on the Mountsorrel Branch Line this weekend.

6990 "Witherslack Hall" Steam locomotive roster to be confirmed
Deltic 55019 "Royal Highland Fusilier" Metro Cammell diesel railcar (Mountsorrel Branch)

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