The First Hurrah – Friday 4th to Sunday 6th June 2021

The First Hurrah promises to be an exciting event over three days, with four steam locomotives and one diesel loco in action. Our diesel railcar will also be in service.

Although the present situation doesn't allow us to run our usual gala programme until later in the year, we are looking forward to staging an event which allows visitors to travel behind different steam locomotives in a busy timetable on our double track, in a safe and socially-distanced environment.

  • Travel behind all four steam locomotives on each specially timetabled journey.
  • Diesel-hauled freight train passing during the day.

Tickets will be sold for a journey where each of the four steam locomotives will haul the train for a portion of the trip. Trains will depart from Quorn & Woodhouse, and will also visit Loughborough Central and Leicester North (twice), with an opportunity to stop at Rothley during the journey too.

More details will be announced soon, and tickets are expected to go on sale in early April.


Existing ticket holders for the 2020 First Hurrah

Customers who purchased tickets for the First Hurrah in 2020 and kindly deferred their booking after the event was postponed due to national coronavirus restrictions will be contacted before tickets go on general sale in early April.

Our next running day

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

Pre-booking is required at present, to ensure social distancing onboard trains.

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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