September passenger trains 2019

We are running steam trains on Saturdays and Sundays in September, and on selected weekdays. 

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.

September Special Events

We have an interesting and varied range of special events taking place in September in addition to our normal weekend passenger train running.


Steam Punk event - Saturday 28th September [more details]

We are running our first ever Steam Punk event on Saturday 28th September 2019.

Great Central Railway would like to transport you back to the Victorian days mixed with industrial, everything clockwork and those pulled by steam for our inaugural steampunk festival for one day only.

Offering the finest assortment of entertainment to amaze and even educate us all. Folk Music and amazing feats of physical skill await you. There will be a market too so you can take a little piece of steampunk home with you.

For full details, including the event schedule and train timetables, please see the event page.





P-15 Picnic Car Club Rally - Saturday 28th September

Visit us at Quorn & Woodhouse on 28th September and you’ll be able to get up close to a fabulous display of 1940's American classics.

Held just once a year, The P-15 Picnic is the UK’s only gathering of 1946-1948 Plymouth, Dodge, DeSoto and Chrysler cars... so this is a rare opportunity to see a whole line-up of these magnificent machines in all their glory. Owners from across the country will be arriving in their cars from around midday onwards.





Mountsorrel Branch Running - Sunday 29th September 2019 [more details]

We're running diesel trains from the Mountsorrel Branch and on to the GCR main line on Sunday 29th September. Our diesel railcar will be in service. An additional fare is payable for branch trains.

Branch tickets are available from Quorn & Woodhouse, Rothley, and from the Ticket Inspector on the branch trains) as follows:

Adult = £7

Child = £4

Discounted branch supplementary ticket for runabout ticket holders = £3

For more details, please see the event page.


Wedding Fair - Sunday 29th September 2019

On Sunday 29th September at Quorn and Woodhouse Station, we will be hosting our first wedding fair alongside Leicester Wedding Network. The Fair will be open from 11am-3pm with a range of exhibiting companies for all your wedding needs. We will also have our Veranda and Dining car on display and available to view.







On-train refreshments.

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


Timetable - Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September 2019.


We are running passenger trains on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September.

On Saturday we have our first ever Steam Punk event, and also a P-15 Picnic Car Club Rally. On Sunday, we are running trains on the Mountsorrel Branch Line in addition to our normal passenger service.


Locomotive roster for Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September 2019.

Two steam locomotives and one diesel loco are in action this weekend, and our diesel railcar is also in service on Sunday on the Mountsorrel Branch.

BR Standard Class 2 78018 BR Standard Class 5 73156
Peak Type 4 D123
"Leicestershire and Derbyshire Yeomanry"
Metro Cammell Diesel Railcar 
(Mountsorrel Branch services on Sunday only)

Please note that locomotive allocations are subject to change.


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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