Autumn Steam Gala – 30th September to 3rd October 2021

Our Autumn Steam Gala will return from Thursday 30th September to Sunday 3rd October 2021.

We'll see a return of our intensive gala timetables with passenger and goods trains operating.

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Gala update - Saturday 2nd October 8pm.

This evening we have suffered a failure of one of the major components in our water supply system at Loughborough, and as a result, we have made some alterations to Sunday's timetable in order to conserve water… All passenger trains are currently planned to run as scheduled and we will make every effort to maintain locomotive diagrams (expresses and double headers will run as planned) but there may be some variations. Our minerals (windcutter) train will be operating in selected freight paths but this will be less than originally planned and our box van train will not run. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and we are doing everything possible to make sure we can run as much as possible on Sunday!

Thank you for your understanding!


Guest Locomotives

Sole surviving Single Chimney 9F Number 92134 appearing with thanks to the Self Family and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Great Western Railway 2884 Class Number 3802 appearing with thanks to the locomotives owners.

92134 Picture Credit - Charlotte Graham


Home Fleet

A selection of locomotives from this pool will be used across the weekend all subject to availability and fitness to run

Double Chimney 9F Number 92214 'City of Leicester' LMS 8F 48305
LMS Black 5 45305

In its final gala appearance before overhaul

GWR Modified Hall 6990 'Witherslack Hall'
BR Standard 5 73156  BR Standard 2 78018
LMS Ivatt 2 46521 Hunslet Austerity (J94) 68067


Leicester Transport Heritage Trust have kindly agreed to run a free heritage shuttle bus between Loughborough Midland (EMR) and Loughborough Central (GCR) stations for the gala on Friday October 1st and Saturday October 2nd only (no service on Thursday or Sunday).



No booking fees!  We do not charge booking fees for our tickets. The prices below are the prices you pay.

The fare table below is for a "runabout" ticket which offers unlimited travel on our passenger trains on the day.

£ Thursday Friday Sat or Sun Any 2 days Any 3 days All 4 days
Adult 20 23 29 47 60 70
Child 11 12 15 24 32 36
Privilege/Friend (Adult) 13 16 22 33 41 50
Privilege/Friend (Child) 7 8 11 17 22 25
Family 1A + 3C 31 35 45 75 95 110
Family 2A + 3C 50 55 70 105 120 140


Book Tickets OnlineTickets may be booked online here, or purchased on arrival at the event at any of our Booking Offices.


Return, single and short hop tickets will not be available. Return tickets may be purchased after 3.30 pm (Saturday & Sunday), or 3.00pm (Thursday & Friday), at the prices applicable on a normal operating weekend (£18 for adults, £9 children, etc.)

  1. Members of Friends of the GCML are entitled to Privilege fares upon production of membership card. (These are available from Booking Offices; unfortunately we are unable currently to sell these online).
  2. Heritage Railway Association passes will not be valid for this event.
  3. GCR shareholders' discount vouchers will be valid for this event.
  4. 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 membership cards and work permits.
  5. Same arrangements apply as in point 1. above for holders of ex British Rail and Train Operating Company passes.
  6. Platform tickets at Loughborough and Quorn (including Quorn car park and yard) are priced at £7 on Saturday Sunday and £5 on Thursday and Friday – these can be offset against runabout tickets purchased for the Gala.


Train Timetables

Passenger timetables for the event are available to download below. Demonstration freight trains will operating on Saturday and Sunday.







* Refreshments will be available on the Platform (Saturday and Sunday)
* Shed apron open for a browse (subject to operational requirements). A roped area in front of the signal box will provide a viewing opportunity for activities taking place in the shed area. Please note that the locomotive shed itself is not expected to be open during the gala.
* Award winning GCR museum
* Well stocked retail shop
* Emporium - railway 'Olde Curiositie Shoppe' full of books, CDs, DVDs oddities etc


Quorn & Woodhouse
* Real Ale: Over the weekend, we'll have a range of cask beers from Nottingham Brewery on offer, plus cask ciders. These will be served at the recently restored Tin Shed in the yard. Open: 11 am until late daily.
* Butler-Henderson café - fully licensed and serving delicious home made sandwiches and cakes. Great photo opportunities from the garden viewing area.
* NAAFI-style café - 1940s style tea room, under the railway arches.

* Ellis's tea room - fully licensed and serving delicious home made sandwiches and cakes.
* A great place to watch the trains go by within the sheltered cuttings (platform ticket required if not travelling).
* Station tea room serving delicious homemade cakes.

Leicester North
* Tail Lamp Tea Room for hot and cold drinks and snacks.

Car parking
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; you may need to park some distance from the station and neighbouring residents don't necessarily welcome you doing this!
Quorn: LE12 8AG.This is GCR's main car parking area. Thursday & Friday: the station yard car park will be available free of charge. Saturday & Sunday: a charge of £3 per car per day will apply (no exceptions) for parking in the neighbouring field. If approaching the station from the A6 or Quorn village, the field is immediately on the left hand side after crossing the bridge over the GCR line; the walk back to the station is some 200 yards. For these two days, the only parking in Quorn station yard will be for holders of registered disabled passes (free - see below).
On-street parking in the immediate vicinity of Quorn station is subject to Council operated parking restrictions.
Rothley: LE7 7LD. There is very limited car parking in the station yard. Also, on-street parking in the immediate vicinity of Rothley station is very limited with Council operated parking restrictions.
Leicester North: LE4 3BR. There is limited car parking on the immediate approach to the station.

DISABLED PARKING: The station yard at Quorn will be available for blue badge holders and our less able-bodied visitors who do not have a blue badge. To reserve your space, please email with your name and vehicle registration details.

LOOKING TO STAY A LITTLE LONGER? There are some accommodation providers in the area and here are some options

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

This Wednesday

Two steam locomotives and our diesel railcar are in service this Wednesday.

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