Private Charters & Group Dining

Make Tracks to the Excellent Hospitality Services at Great Central Railway - call 01509 632315 or email to find out more.

Whether you are planning a private party or a business dinner, a Great Central Railway Private Charter can guarantee you a unique and memorable event for up to 100 people. Private dining experiences for small parties and large scale dinners can be accommodated on a range of beautifully restored carriages. The first-class comfort of our Restaurant Cars are matched by the superb menus that our Chefs will plan with you to suit your guests.


The Veranda Coach - available for up to 18 people for a hot meal and 24 for a buffet

 Veranda Car - Barry Horne

Great Central Railway’s newly restored Veranda Coach seats up to 18 people, banquet style, in the height of luxury. Choose from buffet style luncheons through to five course bespoke dinners in our finest private carriage. There’s a large balcony for alfresco drinks - what better way to spend a warm summer evening than sitting on the Veranda enjoying a glass of wine as your train glides through the Charnwood countryside.

The 'Arrowvale Belle' - available for up to 10 people

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Our Director’s Saloon, the Arrowvale Belle is a beautifully restored private carriage which is available for hire for that extra special occasion. Wine and dine your friends and family in style, with your own private steward and personal chef serving sumptuous 5 course meals through to buffet style menus.  Enjoy the exclusive use of this saloon for up to 1o people.   The Arrowvale has two seating saloons at each end of the carriage, one with a board room style table and other is comfy 'living room' style. Attached to our steam hauled services, enjoy the exclusive use of this charming carriage for a day to remember.

The Beavertail® - available for up to 24 people (We regret this carriage is currently unavailable due to repairs)

Step a little further back in time with the art deco style of the 1937 Beavertail® observation saloon. Up to 24 people can sink into its luxurious armchairs, enjoy a drink from the private bar and watch the world roll past through panoramic windows. Perfect for champagne and canapes.

The Gresley Buffet Car - available for up to 24 people

The 1930s  - a golden age of art deco chic, when the railways were at their most glamorous best.  Immaculately restored by Railway Vehicle Preservations Ltd, we are thrilled to presnt a carriage straight from that elegant age - the Gresley Saloon.  Ideal for parties of up to 24, let us treat you to a decadent afternoon of high tea with all the trimmings, served up by your own personal waiters.  Luxurious buffet style menus using the finest ingredients are on offer and the carriage has its own fully stocked bar.

Pullman Dining Train - your carriage awaits...

The exclusive Pullman fleet is the stateliest of trains.  Comprised of carriages from the golden age of travel, lovingly restored with breathtaking attention to detail, each Pullman style car is beautifully designed.  Step aboard one of two bars cars for an intimate warm welcome to your charter.  Settle back into your deeply comfortable seat in up to one of four dining cars and be transported into another age while Charnwood’s glorious countryside unfolds past your window.  Experience the finest of foods, prepared by our expert chefs in the most exquisite environment - the quintessential orient express experience.

If you want to give clients or friends and family an experience they will never forget, do enquire about chartering The Great Central Pullman.

First Class Dining Train

The first class comfort of our Restaurant Cars are matched by the superb menus that our chefs will plan with you to suit your guests.  If your budget won’t stretch to the Pullman Train the First Class dining train is the option for you.

Make sure your event is going places... Want to charter your own murder mystery train? Got your own ideas? Great! Call us on 01509 632315 or email make tracks to the GCR.  Our team will be only too pleased to meet you to plan your perfect event.


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Passenger trains have now returned to the GCR, running every Saturday and Sunday, and on selected weekdays.

Pre-booking is required at present, to ensure social distancing onboard trains.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the railway as we progressively return to normal operation, as the national situation improves.

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