Early Autumn Griddle Car services

Griddle Car services, departing from Quorn & Woodhouse.

Our Griddle Car will be offering pre-booked meals every weekend from 10th October to 1st November, with passengers seated in a dedicated dining coach attached to our passenger trains. All weekend passenger trains from 10th October to 1st November will depart from Quorn & Woodhouse station.

Our specially adapted dining coach has been upgraded with screens, and passengers will be seated at tables, with bookings arranged to allow for social distancing.

Staff will also be taking appropriate precautions, including wearing face coverings and/or visors etc for everyone's safety.

* All tickets for these services must be booked online in advance *

Please note that bookings for the Griddle Car will close on the Tuesday morning before each weekend of running, to allow for the ordering and delivery of supplies.

 


 

For the first stage of our return to operation, trains will depart from Quorn & Woodhouse station (post code LE12 8AG).

Trains will then run to the end of the line at Leicester North before returning to Quorn & Woodhouse to complete the journey (Loughborough Central will not be visited during the journey). Tickets are for a single journey between Quorn & Woodhouse and Leicester North, and return, and are for a specific timed train during this event.

Please note that it will not be possible to board or alight from the train at Loughborough Central, Rothley, or Leicester North stations during this first stage.

 

What's on offer?

  • Food is served at the beginning of your journey.
  • Three steam-hauled trains each day with lovingly restored compartment coaches.
  • One diesel-hauled train during the afternoon using lovingly restored compartment coaches.
  • Large car park available for passengers at Quorn & Woodhouse.
  • Exhibits display being planned in the station yard (more details soon).

Enjoy a journey through the Leicestershire countryside by steam train, from Quorn & Woodhouse to Leicester North and back in a reserved compartment for between one and six people.

 

How is this experience different?

To ensure the best experience for our visitors, and in order to follow the latest advice, the following arrangements will operate:

  • Pre-booking online is essential for these trains.
  • Trains depart from Quorn & Woodhouse only.
  • We will be using compartment coaches.
  • Each order will be allocated a single compartment for their group.
  • All passengers in each compartment must be from the same family group or support "bubble".
  • Face coverings must be worn on the station platforms and when boarding the train. Face covering may be removed when seated within private compartment (please note that this may change depending on government advice at the time).
  • The station platform will not be open, except for passengers with valid tickets when boarding and alighting.
  • An efficient queuing system has been arranged for boarding the train to preserve social distancing.

 


Griddle Car menus

(if you're looking for travel only without a meal, please see the Early Autumn Passenger Trains page.)

 

The Griddle Car menu is offering some familiar favourites as pre-booked meals to enjoy in a dedicated dining coach during your journey.

Menu prices exclude the train fare which will be calculated during the booking process.

 

Social distancing and face coverings:
Our dining coach has been specially adapted with screens and passenger will be seated to allow for social distancing. Face coverings will be required when boarding and moving around the train, and also on the station platforms, but may be removed when seated at your booked table while consuming food and drink.

 

09:35 Departure

Bacon Bap - £3.50
Sausage Bap - £3.50
Bacon and Sausage Bap - £4.30
Veggie Sausage Bap - £3.50

Full English Breakfast (Sausage, Bacon, Egg, Fried Bread, Black Pudding, Tomato, Sauté Potatoes and Beans) - £6.50

Continental Breakfast (Croissant, Bread Roll, Cheese, Ham and Grapes) - £4.50

 

Drinks:
Tea - £1.50
Coffee - £1.50
Coca Cola (330ml Can) - £1.30
Diet Coke (330ml Can) - £1.30
7up (330ml Can) - £1.30
Still Water (500ml) - £1.20
Sparkling Water (500ml) - £1.20
Orange Juice (200ml) - £1.00
Apple Juice (200ml) - £1.00

11:25 & 13:50 Departures

Bacon Bap - £3.50
Sausage Bap - £3.50
Bacon and Sausage Bap - £4.30
Veggie Sausage Bap - £3.50

Quiche Salad (A slice of our Quiche of the day served with Lettuce, Tomato, Cucumber, Cheese, Ham and Pickle) - £4.00

Ploughman’s Lunch (Bread roll, Ham, Cheese, Lettuce, Cucumber, Tomato, Pickle and a Mini Pork Pie) - £4.50

 

Hot and Soft Drinks:
Tea - £1.50
Coffee - £1.50
Coca Cola (330ml Can) - £1.30
Diet Coke (330ml Can) - £1.30
7up (330ml Can) - £1.30
Still Water (500ml) - £1.20
Sparkling Water (500ml) - £1.20

Alcoholic Drinks:
GCR Bitter (500ml) – £3.50
GCR Porter (500ml) – £3.50
GCR IPA (500ml) – £3.50
GCR Gold (500ml) - £3.50
Stella Artois (330ml) - £2.70
Peroni (330ml) - £3.10

 

15:30 Departure

Afternoon Tea for one

Enjoy an individually boxed Afternoon Tea. Your Afternoon Tea includes a selection of Ham and Mustard, Cheese and Pickle, and Tuna Sweetcorn Sandwiches. As well as a Sultana and Cherry Slice, a Macaron, a Mini Chocolate Brownie Bite and a Scone with Jam and Cream

With a Cup of Tea - £8.00
With a Cup of Coffee - £8.00
With a Bottle of Water - £8.00
With a 20cl Bottle of Amori Prosecco - £12.00

 


 

Vegetarian Afternoon Tea for one
Enjoy an individually boxed Afternoon Tea. Your Afternoon Tea includes a selection of Egg Mayonnaise, Cheese and Pickle, and Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches. As well as a Sultana and Cherry Slice, a Macaron, a Mini Chocolate Brownie Bite and a Scone with Jam and Cream

With a Cup of Tea - £8.00
With a Cup of Coffee - £8.00
With a Bottle of Water - £8.00
With a 20cl Bottle of Amori Prosecco - £12.00

 


 

Cream Tea for one
A Scone served with Jam and Cream

With a Cup of Tea - £4.40
With a Cup of Coffee - £4.40
With a Bottle of Water - £4.00
With a 20cl bottle of Amori Prosecco - £8.00

 

 

 


Train Fares

Tickets are being sold individually for groups of 1-6 people, with each order being allocated a private compartment on the train. (All passengers in each compartment must be from family groups or support 'bubbles' as defined by government advice). Tickets are for a single journey between Quorn & Woodhouse and Leicester North, and return. Tickets are for a specific timed train during this event.

Fare
Adult £11
Child (3-16 inclusive)
Children under 3 travel free of charge, subject to there being no more than six persons in total in the compartment.
£8
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children)
We will apply the discount during the purchase process
(maximum of one family ticket per qualifying order due to capacity of compartment).
£30
FoGCML members
(Friends of the Great Central Main Line membership card required)
£10

Please note that HRA passes, and reciprocal travel arrangements are suspended for this event.
Working member passes are not valid for travel, unless on duty.

 

Timetable

Three trains will be running on 19th, 20th, 26th, and 27th September 2020.

Steam: 9:35am from Quorn & Woodhouse (returning at 10:30am)

Steam: 11:25am from Quorn & Woodhouse (returning at 12:20pm)

Diesel: 1:50pm from Quorn & Woodhouse (returning at 2:45pm)

Steam: 3:30pm from Quorn & Woodhouse (returning at 4:25pm)

 

 

Booking 

Bookings can be made online Griddle Car services here. Tickets are delivered by e-mail for printing at home, or can be displayed on a mobile device on arrival.

Please note that bookings for the Griddle Car will close on the Tuesday morning before each weekend of running, to allow for the ordering and delivery of supplies.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why are trains not running to/from Loughborough?

A: Trains will be cleaned while the train runs between Loughborough and Quorn & Woodhouse and the locomotive runs round to being the next journey. This will allow us to ensure that the train is clean when passengers begin their journey at Quorn & Woodhouse.

 

Q: Are face coverings required?

A: Yes - All passengers must wear face coverings on the station platform and when boarding the train. Passengers may remove face coverings when seated in their compartment, but they must be put on when leaving the compartment.

 

Q: Are seats reserved on the train?

A: Each order will be allocated to a private compartment. Between one and six tickets can be purchased per order.

 

Q: Will I have to pay for a full compartment?

A: We are selling individual tickets for between one and six people, with each order being allocated to a compartment. All passengers on each order must from from the same household or household "bubble" as defined by current government advice.

 

 

 

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Great Central Railway, and hope that you enjoy your visit.

 


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). 

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