Passenger trains from 22nd May to 23rd June 2021

Passenger trains, departing from Quorn & Woodhouse.

Regular passenger trains will be operating every Saturday and Sunday and selected weekdays from 22nd May until 23rd June 2021. Five steam-hauled trains will operate, with two locomotives in steam each day at weekends. We are maintaining our social distancing and cleaning arrangements during this period, with passenger train departures from Quorn & Woodhouse until the next expected changes in restrictions, and are planning with a view to reopening all of our stations from Saturday 26th June 2021.


Operating dates:

Weekends: 12th/13th/19th/20th
Weekdays: 2nd/4th/9th/16th/23rd

(A full timetable including all our stations is expected to begin at weekends from 26th June 2021).


* All tickets for this event must be booked online in advance *

For this next stage of our return to operation in 2021, trains will continue to depart from Quorn & Woodhouse station (post code LE12 8AG).

Trains will then run to the end of the line at Leicester North before returning to Quorn & Woodhouse to complete the journey (Loughborough Central will not be visited during the journey). Tickets are for a single journey between Quorn & Woodhouse and Leicester North, and return, and are for a specific timed train during this event.

Please note that it will not be possible to board or alight from the train at Loughborough Central, Rothley, or Leicester North stations during this first stage.


What's on offer?

  • Five steam-hauled trains each day with lovingly restored compartment coaches.
  • Large car park available for passengers at Quorn & Woodhouse.
  • Butler Henderson Café will be open for refreshments.

Enjoy a journey through the Leicestershire countryside by train, from Quorn & Woodhouse to Leicester North and back in a reserved compartment for between one and six people. We are also introducing the option of pre-booked tables for two people.


How is this experience different?

To ensure the best experience for our visitors, and in order to follow the latest advice, the following arrangements will operate:

  • Pre-booking online is recommended for these trains to guarantee a space.
  • Trains depart from Quorn & Woodhouse only.
  • Tickets are available online for compartments, and a small number of tables are available on the day.
  • Each order will be allocated a single compartment for their group, or table where requested.
  • All passengers in each compartment must be from the same family group or support "bubble".
  • Face coverings must be worn on the station platforms and when boarding the train. Face covering may be removed when seated within private compartment (please note that this may change depending on government advice at the time).
  • The station platform will not be open, except for passengers with valid tickets when boarding and alighting.
  • An efficient queuing system has been arranged for boarding the train to preserve social distancing.


A typical private compartment at the Great Central Railway



Tickets are being sold individually for groups of 1-6 people, with each order being allocated a private compartment on the train. (All passengers in each compartment must be from family groups or support 'bubbles' as defined by government advice). Tickets are for a single journey between Quorn & Woodhouse and Leicester North, and return. Tickets are for a specific timed train during this event.

Adult £11
Child (3-16 inclusive)
Children under 3 travel free of charge, subject to there being no more than six persons in total in the compartment.
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children)
We will apply the discount during the purchase process
(maximum of one family ticket per qualifying order due to capacity of compartment).
FoGCML members
(Friends of the Great Central Main Line membership card required)

Please note that HRA passes, and reciprocal travel arrangements are suspended for this event.
Working member passes are not valid for travel, unless on duty.



On Saturdays and Sundays 22nd/23rd/29th/30th May and 12th/13th/19th/20th June, as well as Monday 31st May, trains will depart from Quorn & Woodhouse we will be running our Orange Timetable




Midweek services:
On 25th/26th/27th May, and 4th/9th/16th June, trains will depart from Quorn & Woodhouse we will be running our Blue Timetable.


On the 23rd June, trains will depart from Quorn & Woodhouse we will be running our Green Timetable.


Trains marked with the Plate and Cutlery convey a Griddle Car serving a variety of hot and cold drinks, snacks and meals.

Trains marked D take a short pause over Swithland Reservoir allowing great views of the local scenery.



Tickets are on sale now:



Locomotive roster

One steam locomotive is expected to be in action on the 23rd Jun.


Loco TBA


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why are trains not running to/from Loughborough?

A: Trains will be cleaned while the train runs between Loughborough and Quorn & Woodhouse and the locomotive runs round to being the next journey. This will allow us to ensure that the train is clean when passengers begin their journey at Quorn & Woodhouse.


Q: Are face coverings required?

A: Yes - All passengers must wear face coverings on the station platform and when boarding the train. Passengers may remove face coverings when seated in their compartment, but they must be put on when leaving the compartment.


Q: Are seats reserved on the train?

A: Each order will be allocated to a private compartment. Between one and six tickets can be purchased per order.


Q: Will I have to pay for a full compartment?

A: We are selling individual tickets for between one and six people, with each order being allocated to a compartment. All passengers on each order must from from the same household or household "bubble" as defined by current government advice.




We look forward to welcoming you back to the Great Central Railway, and hope that you enjoy your visit.


All locomotives and attractions appear subject to availability, GCR reserve the right to cancel or amend any service.

Passengers are conveyed by the Company's trains in accordance with the Company's "Conditions of Carriage" (as shown on this website). 

Our next running day

Passenger trains have now returned to the GCR, running every Saturday and Sunday, and on selected weekdays.

All four stations are due to reopen from Saturday 26th June 2021, with tickets available on the day from Booking Offices.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the railway as we progressively return to normal operation, as the national situation improves.

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