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Great Central Railway, along with the wider heritage railway community is not immune to turbulent financial times

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125th Anniversary Weekend
125th Anniversary Weekend

Join us on 16th -17th March as we reunify the GCR and GCRN.

We're bridging the gap with a Rail Replacement Bus Service!

Volunteering is for everyone!
Volunteering is for everyone!

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First Class Dining Trains 2024
First Class Dining Trains 2024

Hungry for an unforgettable experience?

Tickets for the 2024 Great Central Railway First-Class Dining Services are now available!

With 2 NEW additions ...

Drive a Diesel Locomotive or Railcar Experiences
Drive a Diesel Locomotive or Railcar Experiences

The ideal Gift for Diesel fans

Drive a Steam Locomotive Experiences
Drive a Steam Locomotive Experiences

Fantastic Gifts for the budding driver!

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The Great Central Railway exists today because a group of determined volunteers, back in 1969, following closure by British Railways, wanted the line to be saved to recreate the experience of main line steam for generations to come.

Today we proudly cherish and develop their legacy as a contemporary visitor attraction to educate, entertain and bring value to our local communities.

As the UK's only double track, main line heritage railway, we are the only place in the world where full size steam engines can be seen passing each other – just as it was when steam ruled the rails.

We run trains every weekend of the year*, bank holidays and selected weekdays in school holidays and summer months. (*pre-bookable services only during Santa season)

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.

'GCR, Great Central Railway' is a registered Trade Mark of the Great Central Railway Plc.

Our next running day

This Weekend

Passenger trains are operating this weekend 2nd and 3rd March 2024.

This Weekend

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