Villains and Superheroes – 3rd to 5th August 2021

Meet your favourite Villains & Superheroes during the Summer Holidays .... Join any of our trains at any of our four stations, for a fun packed day for all the family.

Villains & Superheroes - Tuesday 3rd to Thursday 5th August (Tues, Weds, Thurs only)


To make the most of your day, we do advise you arrive with enough to time to experience a steam train ride, allowing time for the extra entertainment along the way. Please take time to study the timetable, allowing you enough time to return to your starting point.

Best Dressed Competition – dress up in your favourite costume, we will take a photo on the day and at the end of the event we will decide on the winning costume for your chance to win a family ticket to one of our other family events (excluding Santa Specials/Deluxe) here at the Great Central Railway.


Loughborough station

You can start your journey from here, this is where you will see you favourite Villains and Superheroes on our platform.

Onslaught our Mascot will also be here...... don't forget your camera


Rothley station

You can board any of our trains from Rothley and enjoy the onboard entertainer.

Mini Funfair – a selection of rides and games for all the family to enjoy (please note, this is not included in your ticket price, and will be charged on a ride by ride basis)

Explore the miniature garden railway

Ellis Tearooms – open for hot and cold refreshments daily


Quorn and Woodhouse station

You can board any of our trains from Quorn and enjoy the onboard entertainer.

Main car park facility

Butler Henderson – open for hot and cold refreshments daily


Leicester North station

You can board any of our trains from Leicester North and enjoy the onboard entertainer.

Do some colouring or draw the Locomotive

Here you can watch the locomotive run-round the train.


The passenger train timetable for the event is available for download here:


TRAIN FARES: (short-hop tickets and platform tickets are not available at this event).

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


No short hop tickets available between stations. PLATFORM TICKETS AT LOUGHBOROUGH WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE

*Normal discounts apply for members of Friends of Great Central Main Line to buy Privilege rate tickets upon production of membership card.
*HRA passes will not be valid
*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.



Two steam locomotives are due to be in action during the Villains & Superheroes event:


Stanier Class 4 45305 (Steam 1) Hudswell Clark Austerity 68068 (Steam 2)




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.


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).

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