Last Hurrah Gala

The last chance of the year to enjoy a GCR Gala before our Santa Steam Trains and Winter Wonderlights experiences begin.

We're due to have 6 steam locos and 1 diesel loco in action in a busy and exciting weekend to draw the 2021 running season to a close.

Visitors can expect:

  • 6 steam locomotives!
  • A very busy timetable with frequent passenger service.
  • 1 diesel loco each day.
  • Double-headed trains.
  • Goods trains.
  • Twilight express.
  • Saturday night Fish & Chip Train



We are expecting locomotive lineup featuring 6 steam locos, one diesel loco, and our diesel railcar: 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
BR Standard 5 73156 GWR Modified Hall 6990 'Witherslack Hall'
LMS Ivatt 2 46521  BR Standard 2 78018
Hunslet Austerity (J94) 68067 Metro Cammell Diesel Railcar


All-day runabout tickets- unlimited travel on the date of issue:

£ Sat or Sun
Adult £22
Child (5-16 inclusive) £10
Privilege/Friend (Adult) £17
Privilege/Friend (Child) £8
Family 2A + 3C £46
Family 1A + 3C £32

Under 3s: Free of charge

No short hop tickets available between stations. Return tickets may however be purchased after 3.00 pm at the prices applicable on a normal operating weekend.

Platform tickets at Loughborough Central and Quorn are available for £5 at this event, these can be offset against runabout tickets.

* Friends of Great Central Main Line may purchase Privilege rate tickets upon production of membership card.
* HRA passes will not be valid.
* 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 working membership cards.
*Same arrangements apply as above for holders of ex British Rail and Train Operating Company passes.



The Working Timetable for the Last Hurrah is will be available closer to the event


Car Parking:

LoughboroughLE11 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.

Quorn: LE12 8AG.  This is GCR's main car park and will be free for visitors travelling on the trains.

Rothley: LE7 7LD. There is very limited free car parking in the station yard.

Leicester North: LE4 3BR.  There is limited free car parking on the immediate approach to the station.



We offer a full range of refreshment facilities along our line.
Set A on the timetable conveys our Griddle Car, serving hot and cold refreshments including our famous ‘All day breakfast’.
Loughborough Refreshment Room situated on Loughborough Station.
Butler Henderson Café at Quorn and Woodhouse Station.
Ellis Tea Room at Rothley Station.

The Tin Shed at Quorn will be open for the sale of Real Ale and Cider.

Our next running day

This weekend.

Two steam locomotives and one diesel loco are in service this weekend.

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Reunification appeal - Reuniting the two halves of the Great Central Railway

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