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Great Central Railway

Great Central Railway
Great Central Railway
Great Central Railway

It is on the route of the old Great Central Railway that linked the cities of Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham and Leicester with London at its terminus station at Marylebone. The preserved railway is predominantly steam operated and has a double track section which allows passengers to experience the thrill of trains passing at speed. In this respect it is unique in the preservation world.


  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access


Great Central Road Loughborough Leicestershire LE11 1RW

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Open days

Sat-Sun & BHol. Daily 19-21 Feb, 16-25 Apr, 25 May-2 Jun (not 30 May). Also Wed Jun-10 Jul, Sep, 23-30 Oct; Tue-Thu 16 Jul-29 Aug. Some Fri. Daily 26 Dec-2 Jan 2020. Santas late Nov & Dec.


By Bus: 127

By Rail: Loughborough / 1 mile

Voted number 12 on the list of the 50 greatest railway journeys in the world the Great Central Railway is the UK's only double track, main line heritage railway.

The present day Great Central Railway is a unique heritage railway located in the university town of Loughborough in the East Midlands of England between the cities of Leicester and Nottingham.

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