Real Ale Trains 2020

Real Ale on the Move!

Enjoy ale on the rails as a steam loco does two return trips along the line, while you watch the Leicestershire Countryside pass you by.

Please note that pre-booking is essential for our Real Ale Trains.

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We're offering a choice of tickets, with options for train travel only or train travel with food included. For our first train on 9th May, food options offer a choice of pies, served with chips and mushy peas. Food options must be pre-booked.

Dates for 2020 are as follows:

Saturday July 11th
Saturday October 10th

We will be serving cask beers from Nottingham Brewery and other guest ales to be announced nearer the dates.

The trains will be departing at 18:30 from Loughborough Central.

Food options (food choices must be pre-booked).

For passengers wishing to enjoy a meal on board the train on 9th May 2020, we're offering a choice of two pies. Tickets for train travel only are also available.

Food options for Saturday 9th May are:

  • Chicken and mushroom pie served with chips and mushy peas
  • Vegetable pie served with chips and mushy peas

Food options for Real Ale Trains later in 2020 will be published soon.


How much?

Train fares are only £22* per person including food, or £18 for train travel only - don’t forget, it’s two round trips....

Booking Information...

Due to limited seats on this train, tickets are advance, internet booking only. There are no concessionary fares. The train departs Loughborough Central at 18.30 and makes two trips to Leicester North, before returning to Loughborough Central at approx. 21.45. You are welcome to remain on the train at Loughborough until at least 22.00 buying/drinking your beer (subject to supplies not running out!) and leaving the station by 22.30. (so you can either head to the pub or head home). Other alcoholic beverages, soft drinks and bar snacks are available to purchase on board during your journey. Less able-bodied passengers, due to the configuration of the coaches, can only be accommodated if they are not confined to a wheelchair.

Passengers are conveyed by the Company's trains in accordance with the Company's "Conditions of Carriage" (as shown on this website). All train services, locomotives, exhibits and other attractions appear subject to availability and are subject to change without prior notice.


Are you looking to stay a little longer...? There are many Bed & Breakfast establishments well within the reach of the railway - click here to view some of the options.


Our next running day

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

Advance booking is essential.
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