January Passenger Trains 2020

We are running steam trains every Saturday and Sunday in January 2020, culminating in our Winter Steam Gala from 24th to 26th January.

Enjoy a journey through the beautiful Leicestershire countryside with us. Details of our timetable and fares are listed below. Trains can be boarded at any of our four stations, with our best value ticket being our "runabout" which allows unlimited travel on our trains on the day of purchase.

On-train refreshments.

Look out for the Griddle Car on the timetable below (shown with a plate and fork symbol) for a range of hot meals and snacks on our main steam service.


Weekend running - 4th to 19th January 2020.

Timetable for Saturdays and Sundays 4th to 19th January 2020.

The plate a fork symbol indicates a Griddle Car is operating on this steam-hauled train. Trains with an asterisk (*) are operated by a diesel railcar.


Lift at Loughborough Central - 18th and 19th January 2020.

We regret that the lift at Loughborough Central station is out of order this weekend 18th and 19th January 2020 and access to the platforms will only be available via the station steps during this weekend. The lift is due to be repaired early in the week commencing 20th January. We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.


Locomotive roster for 18th and 19th January 2020.

Two steam locomotives and our diesel railcar are in service this weekend 18th and 19th January.

BR Standard Class 2 78019
(Passenger trains)
Fowler 3F 47406
(Lunchtime dining train duties)
Metro Cammell Diesel Railcar

Please note that locomotive allocations are subject to change.


Winter Steam Gala - Friday 24th to Sunday 26th January 2020.

Two special guest locomotives K1 62005 and 4953 "Pitchford Hall" join the home fleet as we present an intensive timetable with passenger and goods trains. More details are available on the Winter Steam Gala event page (special event fares apply at the Winter Steam Gala - please see the event page for details).

GCR main line fare details.

Our best value "off peak" day fares from Loughborough Central are shown below. Similar fares are applicable from our other stations.

Please note that standard or special fares and other terms and conditions apply on special event and gala days which are marked in yellow on the timetable, or other dates as advertised.

 £ Adult     Child    
Day runabout  (see Notes 1 & 2) £18.00 £9.00
Day return Quorn £7.00 £4.00
..        ..     Rothley £12.00 £6.00
..        ..     Leicester (see Notes 1 & 2)     £16.00 £8.00
Single Quorn £4.00 £2.00
..        Rothley £7.00 £4.00
..        Leicester £9.00 £5.00
Family runabout (1A + 3C)       (see Notes 1 & 2) £30.00
Family runabout (2A + 3C)   (see Notes 1 & 2) £40.00


1. Day returns to Leicester at £16 adults (no senior concession) and children £8 are available after 2.30 pm. These tickets can be used as runabouts, without restriction.

2. After 2.30pm, family tickets may be sold for a £5 discount on the fares shown.

3. Registered disabled visitors are charged at the £16 day return to Leicester rate; these tickets can be used as runabouts without time restriction. An accompanying registered carer is offered a free complimentary fare.

4. Friends of Great Central Main Line members are entitled (upon production of current valid membership card) to reduced Privilege runabout fares of £10 (£6 child).

5. The above fares structure may be suspended for special events.

6. Children's fares apply to those aged 16 or under; children under age 3 travel free (except at certain special events).

7. Dogs, cycles and large items of luggage are a flat fare of £2.

8. Students (on production of a valid NUS card) may travel at the £16 day return to Leicester rate; these tickets can be used as runabouts without time restriction.

9. For visitors with Heritage Railway Association passes, Privilege rate fares apply as per Note 4. above (on production of a valid membership card); this concession will NOT apply for certain special event days.

10. Our standard adult runabout fare (valid on all advertised services with standard class accommodation, except reservation only services (including Santa trains)) is £40 - this is valid for use on one day only during the 31 days from date of issue.

For fares for Group Bookings please contact the Booking Office on 01509 632 323

For a full list of our conditions of carriage, click here

While every effort will be made to maintain services, we do not guarantee that trains will arrive/ depart at the times stated. We reserve the right to alter or suspend any train or attraction without notice. No liability for any loss, inconvenience or delay can be accepted.
All railway locomotives release, on occasions, oily deposits into the atmosphere, including cinders from steam locos. We regret that we cannot take responsibility for damage to visitors’ clothing, vehicles or other personal belongings caused by these occurrences.

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We're running passenger trains from Quorn & Woodhouse station this weekend 26th and 27th September 2020.

Advance booking is essential.
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