Animal Fun – 17th to 19th August 2021

Animal Fun

In mid August we will turn the Great Central Railway into an animal lover’s haven. We will be welcoming back our favourite cute cuddlies, reptiles, and creepy crawlies, Elvis, Tula, Petal and Tiny Tim as well as a couple of newbies Geoff, Azuri, Rosy, Speedy, Flick, Bertha and come along and hang out with the gang.

Bring your cameras with you as there will be lots of photo opportunities.




Meet the Beasts - in the end waiting room - Don't be scared
Photo opportunities - don’t forget to bring your camera!
Onslaught - our Mascot will be on the platform, make sure you bring her a treat


Marquee - to meet and hold the animals, remember to have your camera ready
'Ye Olde Tin Shed Tuck Shop' - don't forget your pocket money
Butler Henderson cafe - serving light bites and refreshments
GCR's Main Car Park


Funfair rides - pay as you go per ride
Miniature garden railway - have fun exploring
Ellis's tea room - serving light bites and refreshments


Do some colouring or draw the Locomotive
Here you can watch the locomotive run-round the train.

Your Train Journey

Start and finish your journey at any one of our 4 stations and hop on and off along the way all day long!
Enjoy a 16 mile return trip behind a steam engine

Join any of our trains at any of our four stations, for a fun packed day for all the family.


To Follow

TRAIN FARES: (short-hop tickets and platform tickets are not available at this event).

Family Ticket: £38 (2 adults & up to 3 children)
£30 (1 adult & up to 3 children)
Adult: £18
Children: £9 (aged 3-16 inclusive)
Under 3s: Free of charge


No short hop tickets available between stations. PLATFORM TICKETS AT LOUGHBOROUGH WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE

*Normal discounts apply for members of Friends of Great Central Main Line to buy Privilege rate tickets upon production of membership card.
*HRA passes will not be valid
*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 working membership cards.
*Same arrangements apply as above for holders of ex British Rail and Train Operating Company passes.




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.

Quorn: LE12 8AG.  This is GCR's main car park.

Rothley: LE7 7LD. There is very limited free car parking in the station yard due to the children's funfair and the designated disabled area.

Leicester North: LE4 3BR.  There is limited free car parking on the immediate approach to the station.


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).



Our next running day

Passenger trains are running regularly again, with trains every weekend and on selected weekdays following the relaxation of restrictions.

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