Last Hurrah of the season – 16th & 17th November 2019

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 2019 running season to a close.

Weather update 15/11/19 at 16:00: We are expecting to run a full timetable this weekend despite the poor recent weather. All stations are open as usual.

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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.



The locomotive lineup featuring 6 steam locos, one diesel loco, and our diesel railcar is expected to be as follows:

9F 92214 Leicester City
9F 92214 "Leicester City" Stanier 8F 48305
6990 "Witherslack Hall" BR Standard 5 73156
Stanier Class 5 45305
"Alderman A.E. Draper"

Fowler 3F 47406
(Final Last Hurrah appearance before overhaul)
English Electric Type 1 D8098
(Now both days as D123 unavailable)
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 available to download below (version 1.2 last updated 15th November 2019).

An easy-to-read colour coded version of the timetable will be available from Booking Offices at the event, while stocks last.

Free Heritage Shuttle Bus Service (Saturday only):

On Saturday 16th November, a free heritage shuttle bus service will be operating between Loughborough Midland (East Midlands Railway) and Loughborough Central (GCR) stations. The service is provided by the Leicester Transport Heritage Trust.

Full details are available for download here:

Free Heritage Shuttle Bus - Saturday 16th November 2019

Photographic Display/ Aspects of Steam:

Over the course of the Last Hurrah Gala, Tim Mills is displaying prints (taken from his hoard!) taken between 1958 and 1963, covering the steam scene’s range of activities over those years, and entitled Aspects of Steam. An impartial expert has described these black & white prints as stunning.

The display can be found in the General Waiting Room at the north end of Loughborough Central over the Gala weekend.

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.

Disabled Parking

Blue Badge holders -  Disabled parking is allocated at Quorn & Woodhouse Station.  Parking spaces must be pre-booked, please email or call 01509 632315 with your vehicle registration details.



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.

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