Steam Punk – Saturday 28th September 2019

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 your aural and optical pleasure we invite you to dress up or dress down but come to any of 4 stations and get involved - This is the best backdrop for Steam Punk inspiration.

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Featuring a marvellous market and platform Face painter

Time   Performance

0900   Host-meet and greet

1000   Way of Wyrd Morris

1100   Cherry Twirls

1200   Tea Duelling Competition (family ticket up for grabs)

1300   Cherry Twirls

1400   Host-meet and greet

1500   Cherry Twirls

1600   Close



Featuring fabulous fairground organ and our Mini Funfair

Time   Performance

0900   Host-meet and greet plus fire performance

1000   Punch and Judy-Professor John Thursby

1100   Bare Bones Morris

1200   Host-meet and greet plus fire performance

1300   Punch and Judy-Professor John Thursby

1400   Host-meet and greet plus fire performance

1500   Punch and Judy-Professor John Thursby

1600   Close



Featuring a marvellous market

Time   Performance

1200   Fashion Show

1230   Competition-Best Dressed (family ticket up for grabs)

1300   Charlie Draper-Theramin

1500   The Cogkneys



 Time   Performance

1000   Sam The Entertainer-stilts/ juggling/devil sticks/Diablo

1100   Way of Wyrd Morris

1300   Sam The Entertainer

1600   Close


Your Train Journey

Start and finish your journey at any one of our 4 stations and hop on and off along the way all day long!
Enjoy a 16 mile return trip behind a steam engine

Join any of our trains at any of our four stations, for a fun packed day for all the family.


Two steam locomotives and one diesel loco are in service for our Steam Punk event:


A free bus shuttle from Loughborough Midland (East Midlands Railway) to Loughborough Central station will run on Saturday 28th September, provided by Leicester Transport Heritage Trust, as follows:

From Loughborough Midland at: 09.10, 10.00, 11.00, 11.40, 12.15, 14.15, 15.05, 15.40, 16.25, 17.05 (takes 10 minutes)

From Loughborough Central at: 09.20, 10.10, 11.10, 11.50, 14.25, 15.25, 16.10, 16.50, 17.35 (takes 12 minutes)

Bus Times have been designed to connect with train services at both stations, as far as possible. It will not normally be possible to wait for late-running trains, but we will endeavour to delay bus departures slightly when a train arrival is imminent. However, the last bus of the day will wait for the train due at Loughborough Central at 1728, in the event of late running.

Bus Stops: Buses stop at the bus exit layby at Loughborough Midland (not the bus shelters) and at the station entrance at Loughborough Central. No other bus stops will be served.

While every effort will be made to maintain services, we do not guarantee that trains or buses will arrive/ depart at the times published. LTHT and GCR reserve the right to alter or suspend any bus, train or attraction without notice. No liability for any loss, inconvenience or delay can be accepted



Platform and Yard passes available (£7)

Family Ticket: £38 (2 adults & up to 3 children)
£30 (1 adult & up to 3 children)
Adult: £18
Children: £9 (aged 3-16 inclusive)
Under 3s: Free of charge
Car Club Priv rate tickets will be available
Showground (Quorn) Entry with a full ticket - or purchase of a Yard Pass for Quorn and Rothley or Platform pass from Loughbrough
Return, single short hop tickets available between stations after 3.30pm where normal fares apply
Normal discounts apply for members of Friends of Great Central Main Line to buy Privilege rate tickets.
*Members of Friends of the GCML are entitled to the normal privilege fares upon production of membership card.
*HRA - pass holders can travel at priv rates.
*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.


Shuttle Bus Service from Loughborough Midland and Central Stations - TBC



Loughborough:  LE11 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.

Rothley: LE7 7LD. There is very limited free car parking in the station yard due to the children's funfair and the designated disabled area.

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

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.

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