End of BR Steam Gala – 11th/12th August 2018

The only place to travel behind 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" on the 50th anniversary of the final steam hauled service on British Rail.

50 years ago, the final steam hauled services operated on British Railways, culminating in the "Fifteen Guinea Special" as it became known.

A major part of this railtour was hauled by 70013 "Oliver Cromwell", and we're delighted to present that very locomotive in a unique gala event over two weekends to recreate the memories of those last days of steam in 1968.

70013 Oliver Cromwell appears courtesy of owners, the National Railway Museum.

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Weekend 2:
Saturday 11th
& Sunday 12th August 2018.

Timetables have now been published - please see below.

Tickets are available to purchase online and on the day.


· Recreation of events during the final weekend of BR steam.

· The only place to travel behind 70013 Oliver Cromwell on the 50th anniversary of the last days of steam.

· Fifteen Guinea Special recreation on 11th and 12th August.

· Four steam locomotives in action.

· Busy passenger timetable.

· Prototypical goods trains.

· Locomotives laying over at Leicester North for photo opportunities.

· Main line experience with trains passing on our double track.

· Diesel loco D5185 in authentic British Railways green livery.

· Diesel loco 1705 in early BR blue livery - a sign of the times in 1968.

· Photographic exhibition in the General Waiting Room at Loughborough - featuring prints of the Fifteen Guinea Special

· Guided tours of the Loughborough Loco Shed on 11th & 12th August

· Real ale bar in the Tin Shed at Quorn

. Programmes, including timetable, available from Booking Offices for event ticket holders (incl. online tickets) - free of charge



We are delighted to report that steam services are due to run the full length of the line between Loughborough and Leicester North once again following the period of extremely hot and dry weather in recent weeks.


Event programme

A timetable and information booklet is available from all our Booking Offices and is free with event tickets (including those purchased online) while stocks last.


Locomotives for 11th and 12th August 

We're delighted to confirm that despite the extremely dry and hot conditions in recent weeks, we are now able to offer a strong lineup for this very special commemoration of 50 years since the end of steam on British Railways.

  • 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" appearing courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
  • BR Standard Class 5 73156 (appearing as 73069)
  • Stanier 8F 48624 (appearing as 48476)
  • BR Standard Class 2 78018
  • Sulzer Type 2 D5185
  • Brush Type 4 1705
  • Metro Cammell Diesel Railcar.


We look forward to seeing you.

70013 "Oliver Cromwell" BR Standard Class 5 73156 as 73069
Stanier 8F 48624 as 48476 BR Standard Class 2 78018
Brush Type 4 1705 Sulzer Type 2 D5185

Fares for 11th and 12th August 2018

Ticket type £
Adult 23
Senior Concession 22
Child 12
Privilege/Friend (Adult) 17
Privilege/Friend (Child) 8
Family 1A + 3C 40
Family 2A + 3C 50

Return, single and short hop tickets will not be available. Return tickets may be purchased after 3 pm each day at the prices applicable on a normal operating weekend (£17 for adults, £16 senior concession, £9 children, etc.)

  1. Members of Friends of the FoGCML are entitled to Privilege fares upon production of membership card.
  2. Heritage Railway Association passes will NOT be valid at this event.
  3. 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.
  4. Same arrangements apply as in 1. above for holders of ex British Rail and Train Operating Company passes.
  5. Platform tickets at Loughborough and Quorn (including Quorn car park and yard) are priced at £5 – these can be offset against runabout tickets purchased for the Gala.




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