The First Hurrah – Sat 7th and Sun 8th November 2020 – Postponed

The First Hurrah promises to be an exciting weekend with four steam locomotives and one diesel loco in action. Our diesel railcar will also be in service.

 

National "lockdown" from 5th November to 2nd December 2020
Following the Prime Minister's announcement of a new national lockdown beginning on 5th November, our First Hurrah event is postponed.Customers who have booked online for this event will be contacted by e-mail before the close of business on Monday 2nd November with options regarding their booking.Thank you for your support during these difficult times and we look forward to welcoming you back to the railway soon as the situation improves.

 

Although the present situation doesn't allow us to run our usual Autumn Steam Gala, we are looking forward to staging an event which allows visitors to travel behind different steam locomotives in a busy timetable on our double track, in a safe and socially-distanced environment.

  • Travel behind all four steam locomotives on each specially timetabled journey.
  • Diesel-hauled freight train passing during the day.
  • Optional add-on trip on the Mountsorrel Branch by diesel railcar.

Tickets will be sold for a journey where each of the four steam locomotives will haul the train for a portion of the trip. Trains will depart from Quorn & Woodhouse, and will also visit Loughborough Central and Leicester North (twice), with an opportunity to stop at Rothley during the journey too.

There is also a free heritage bus shuttle between Loughborough Midland (East Midlands Railway) station and Quorn & Woodhouse for visitors arriving via the national railway network (details below).

 


 

Locomotive roster

The provisional locomotive roster for the "First Hurrah" is as follows (please note that this is subject to change):

Stanier Class 5 45305
"Alderman A.E. Draper"
Stanier Class 8 48305
British Railways Standard Class 2MT 78018 British Railways Standard Class 9F 92214
"Leicester City"
Peak Type 4 D123 "Leicestershire & Derbyshire Yeomanry"
(Saturday only)
English Electric Type 1 D8098
(Sunday only)
Metro Cammell Diesel Railcar

 

The journeys to choose from

We have devised a timetable which will allow travel behind all four steam locomotives as follows. Each journey option below is a self-contained experience, with the option to add travel on the Mountsorrel branch if desired, subject to availability.

 

Saturday 7th November 2020

 

Saturday Journey Option 1:
(Compartment coaches)

10:15 from Quorn & Woodhouse
- departs Quorn & Woodhouse 10:15
- arrives Leicester North 10:35 - Loco change
- departs Leicester North 10:55
- arrives Loughborough Central 11:21 - Loco change 
- departs Loughborough Central 11:44
- arrives Rothley 12:00 (passengers alight if desired)
- departs Rothley 12:02
- arrives Leicester North 12:12 - Loco change
- departs Leicester North 12:27
- arrives Rothley 12:37 (passengers rejoin)
- departs Rothley 12:39
- arrives Quorn & Woodhouse 12:48.

Sunday 8th November 2020:

 

Sunday Journey Option 1:
(Compartment coaches)

10:00 from Quorn & Woodhouse
- departs Quorn & Woodhouse 10:00
- arrives Leicester North 10:20 - Loco change
- departs Leicester North 10:40
- pauses on Swithland Reservoir 10:54 to 11:04
- arrives Loughborough Central 11:18 - Loco change 
- departs Loughborough Central 11:44
- arrives Rothley 12:00 (passengers alight if desired)
- departs Rothley 12:02
- arrives Leicester North 12:12 - Loco change
- departs Leicester North 12:27
- arrives Rothley 12:37 (passengers rejoin)
- departs Rothley 12:39
- arrives Quorn & Woodhouse 12:48.

Saturday Journey Option 2:
(Open coaches)10:55 from Quorn & Woodhouse
- departs Quorn & Woodhouse 10:55
- arrives Rothley 11:04 (passengers alight if desired)
- departs Rothley 11:06
- arrives Leicester North 11:16 - Loco change
- departs Leicester North 11:30
- arrives Rothley 11:40 (passengers rejoin)
- departs Rothley 11:42
- arrives Loughborough Central 11:58 - Loco change
- departs Loughborough Central 12:15
- arrives Leicester North 12:48 - Loco change
- departs Leicester North 13:02
- arrives Quorn & Woodhouse 13:21
Sunday Journey Option 2:
(Open coaches)10:45 from Quorn & Woodhouse
- departs Quorn & Woodhouse 10:45
- arrives Rothley 10:54 (passengers alight if desired)
- departs Rothley 11:06
- arrives Leicester North 11:16 - Loco change
- departs Leicester North 11:30
- arrives Rothley 11:40 (passengers rejoin)
- departs Rothley 11:42
- arrives Loughborough Central 11:58 - Loco change
- departs Loughborough Central 12:15
- arrives Leicester North 12:48 - Loco change
- departs Leicester North 13:02
- arrives Quorn & Woodhouse 13:21
Saturday Journey Option 3:
(Compartment coaches)13:55 from Quorn & Woodhouse
- departs Quorn & Woodhouse 13:55
- arrives Rothley 14:04 (passengers alight if desired)
- departs Rothley 14:07
- arrives Leicester North 14:17 - Loco change
- departs Leicester North 14:32
- arrives Rothley 14:42 (passengers rejoin)
- departs Rothley 14:44
- arrives Loughborough Central 15:00 - Loco change
- departs Loughborough Central 15:15
- arrives Leicester North 15:42 - Loco change
- departs Leicester North 15:57
- arrives Quorn & Woodhouse 16:17
Sunday Journey Option 3:
(Compartment coaches)13:55 from Quorn & Woodhouse
- departs Quorn & Woodhouse 13:55
- arrives Rothley 14:04 (passengers alight if desired)
- departs Rothley 14:06
- arrives Leicester North 14:17 - Loco change
- departs Leicester North 14:32
- arrives Rothley 14:42 (passengers rejoin)
- departs Rothley 14:44
- arrives Loughborough Central 15:00 - Loco change
- departs Loughborough Central 15:15
- arrives Leicester North 15:42 - Loco change
- departs Leicester North 15:57
- arrives Quorn & Woodhouse 16:17
Saturday Journey Option 4:
(Open coaches)14:35 from Quorn & Woodhouse
- departs Quorn & Woodhouse 14:35
- arrives Leicester North 14:54 - Loco change
- departs Leicester North 15:10 
- arrives Loughborough Central 15:36 - Loco change 
- departs Loughborough Central 15:52
- arrives Rothley 16:08 (passengers alight if desired)
- departs Rothley 16:10
- arrives Leicester North 16:20 - Loco change
- departs Leicester North 16:40
- arrives Rothley 16:50 (passengers rejoin)
- departs Rothley 16:52
- arrives Quorn & Woodhouse 17:01.
Sunday Journey Option 4:
(Open coaches)14:35 from Quorn & Woodhouse
- departs Quorn & Woodhouse 14:35
- arrives Leicester North 14:54 - Loco change
- departs Leicester North 15:10 
- arrives Loughborough Central 15:36 - Loco change 
- departs Loughborough Central 15:52
- arrives Rothley 16:08 (passengers alight if desired)
- departs Rothley 16:10
- arrives Leicester North 16:20 - Loco change
- departs Leicester North 16:40
- arrives Rothley 16:50 (passengers rejoin)
- departs Rothley 16:52
- arrives Quorn & Woodhouse 17:01.

 

Diesel railcar trains on the Mountsorrel Branch

We are also operating our diesel railcar in a triangular service along the Mountsorrel Branch. This is available as an add-on (£7 per person) when purchasing tickets for one of the above journeys.

The diesel railcar will depart from Quorn & Woodhouse at

09:40 (returning at 10:28)
11:20 (returning at 12:31)
14:15 (returning at 15:39)
16:50 (returning at 17:38) - Saturday only

 


 

Fares

Our fare structure at the First Hurrah aims to cater for a range of group sizes, with both open coaches and compartments coaches in use.

Adult = £19
Child = £10
Members of Friends of the Great Central Main Line = £15

In the interests of fairness to all, a minimum order of three persons applies to compartment stock trains. There is no minimum order for trains with open stock. There are two trains of each type per day.

 

Mountsorrel Branch supplement
An additional supplement is payable for the optional journeys on the Mountsorrel Branch of Adults £7, Children £4, and Friends of the Great Central Main Line £4.

 

 

Please note that HRA/BR passes, shareholder passes, and passes from organisations with reciprocal travel arrangements are not valid at this event.

 


 

Booking

Tickets for the First Hurrah must be booked in advance here...

 

 


 

Heritage bus shuttle

Free heritage shuttle bus is due to operate between Loughborough Midland Station (East Midlands Railway) and Quorn & Woodhouse station. This is ideal for passengers arriving by train.

Saturday Bus Link

Courtesy of Leicester Transport Heritage Trust, a free heritage bus service will operate on Saturday ONLY from Loughborough Midland and Loughborough Town Centre to Quorn & Woodhouse Station to connect to and from all steam services and some railcar branch services.

Social distancing is to be observed on the bus, where face coverings must be worn (unless exempt) and there will be a maximum of 20 passengers carried on any journey.

Saturday Only

Departure times are as follows:

Loughborough Midland Station departures 0910, 1010, 1055, 1320 and 1410

Loughborough Barrow Street (opp Aumberry Gap) will depart approximately 2 minutes later than the above times

Quorn & Woodhouse Station departures 1255, 1343, 1628 and 1715 to Loughborough (Southfields Park) and Loughborough Midland Station. The full journey time is approximately 17 minutes.

 



Remembrance Sunday

This year our annual remembrance service will take place on Quorn Yard on Sunday 8th November at 1045 attended by a steam locomotive in the Up Reception North Siding.

 


 

Tin Shed at Quorn & Woodhouse

Our Tin Shed Shanty Bar and Marquee will be open throughout the event from 11.00am until early evening serving a selection of Real Ales, Ciders, Prosecco and Wine, join us, sit down, relax and watch the action happen in front of you.

 


All locomotives and attractions appear subject to availability and are subject to change without prior notice. Passengers are conveyed in accordance with our conditions of carriage.

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