Real Ale Train 2022

Real Ale on the Move!

Enjoy ale on the rails as a steam loco does two return trips along the line, while you watch the Leicestershire Countryside pass you by.

We will be serving cask beers from guest breweries to be announced nearer the dates. We're hoping that representatives from all breweries will be joining us on the train; they'll be glad of course to meet visitors and discuss the beers.

The train will be departing at 18:30 from Loughborough Central, please arrive in plenty of time to make your way to your seats.

Something to soak it up..

We will be serving Pork Pie & Pickle to accompany your ale. You must pre-order your pie when booking your ticket at £5.00 per portion.

Dates are as follows:

March 12th

April 9th

June 18th

July 16th

August 6th

October 8th

November 11th

How much?

Train fares are only £19* per person - don’t forget, it’s two round trips....


Booking Information...

Due to limited seats on this train, tickets are advance, internet booking only. There are no concessionary fares. The train departs Loughborough Central at 18.30 and makes two trips to Leicester North, before returning to Loughborough Central at approx. 21.45. You are welcome to remain on the train at Loughborough until at least 22.00 buying/drinking your beer (subject to supplies not running out!) and leaving the station by 22.30. (so you can either head to the pub or head home). Other alcoholic beverages, soft drinks and bar snacks are available to purchase on board during your journey. Less able-bodied passengers, due to the configuration of the coaches, can only be accommodated if they are not confined to a wheelchair.

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.



Are you looking to stay a little longer...? There are many Bed & Breakfast establishments well within the reach of the railway - click here to view some of the options.


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