Diesel Gala 3rd – 5th September 2021

Our Diesel Gala Returns for 2021 on the 3rd-5th September!

More details will be posted here over the next few weeks but save the date as we will have our usual busy service of passenger trains with visiting guest locomotive 55019 Royal Highland Fusilier as well as our impressive home fleet.

We are also happy to announce that our Standard fares will be in place for this event!


BR Class 55 - 55019 Royal Highland Fusilier 

Courtesy of the Deltic Preservation Society

BR Class 50 - 50017 Royal Oak
BR Class 45 - D123 Leicestershire and Derbyshire Yeomanry Heavyweight Class 37 - 37714 Cardiff Canton
BR Class 20 D8098 Sulzer Type 2 D5185
Metro Cammell Diesel Railcar BR Class 08 D4137
(Subject to completion of repairs)

Test Car 2

Why not pay a visit to BR Test Car 2 at Quorn Station. The Quorn Wagon and Wagon team will be on-hand to tell the story of this unique coach that was used by Railway Technical Centre at Derby for over 40 years. Information displays inside the coach provide an insight into how and why trains were tested by British Rail, and the guided tour of the coach will include an explanation of the slip/brake test process and demonstrations of the slip coupling operation.


All timetables are subject to change at any time.


Our Griddle Car will be on the A set all day serving a variety of hot and cold food and drinks including the GCRs All Day Breakfast. On Friday and Saturday evening there will be pre-booked meals of Fish&Chips (Friday) and Pie&Chips (Saturday).



Tickets are also available to buy online, or on the day from any of our booking offices.



Our best value "off peak" day fares from Loughborough Central are shown below. Similar fares are applicable from our other stations.


 £ Adult     Child    
Day runabout  (see Notes 1 & 2) £18.00 £9.00
Family runabout (1A + 3C)       (see Notes 1 & 2) £30.00
Family runabout (2A + 3C)   (see Notes 1 & 2) £40.00


1. Day returns to Leicester at £16 adults (no senior concession) and children £8 are available after 2.30 pm. These tickets can be used as runabouts, without restriction.

2. After 2.30pm, family tickets may be sold for a £5 discount on the fares shown.

3. Registered disabled visitors are charged at the £16 day return to Leicester rate; these tickets can be used as runabouts without time restriction. An accompanying registered carer is offered a free complimentary fare.

4. Friends of Great Central Main Line members are entitled (upon production of current valid membership card) to reduced Privilege runabout fares of £10 (£6 child).

5. The above fares structure may be suspended for special events.

6. Children's fares apply to those aged 16 or under; children under age 3 travel free (except at certain special events).

7. Dogs, cycles and large items of luggage are a flat fare of £2.

8. Students (on production of a valid NUS card) may travel at the £16 day return to Leicester rate; these tickets can be used as runabouts without time restriction.

9. For visitors with Heritage Railway Association passes, Privilege rate fares apply as per Note 4 above (on production of a valid membership card); this concession will NOT apply for certain special event days.

10. Our standard adult runabout fare (valid on all advertised services with standard class accommodation, except reservation only services (including Santa trains)) is £40 - this is valid for use on one day only during the 31 days from date of issue.

For fares for Group Bookings please contact the Booking Office on 01509 632 323

For a full list of our conditions of carriage, click here

While every effort will be made to maintain services, we do not guarantee that trains will arrive/ depart at the times stated. We reserve the right to alter or suspend any train or attraction without notice. No liability for any loss, inconvenience or delay can be accepted.
All railway locomotives release, on occasions, oily deposits into the atmosphere, including cinders from steam locos. We regret that we cannot take responsibility for damage to visitors’ clothing, vehicles or other personal belongings caused by these occurrences.


All locomotives appear subject to contract and availability.

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