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Great Central Railway

The UK's only double track, main line heritage railway, running from Loughborough to Leicester North.


  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access


Great Central Road Loughborough Leicestershire LE11 1RW

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Open days

Sat-Sun & BHol. Daily 13-15 Feb, 27 Mar-5 Apr, 26 May-3 Jun (not 31 May), 14-19 Aug, 19-23 Sep, 4-7 Oct. Also Wed Jun-11 Jul, Sep, 17-31 Oct; Tue-Thu 17 Jul-29 Aug. Also Santas in 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. It’s the only place in the world where full size steam engines can be seen passing each other – just as it was when steam ruled the rails.

First Class Restaurant Car Services provide 4 or 6 course meals, whilst travelling between Loughborough and Leicester or childhood dreams can come true with a Drive a Train Experience. We also run a number of family events, including Bonfire Night and Santa Specials.

The railway has won a number of awards including “independent railway of the year”, and a gold award for the East Midlands best visitor experience and is a quality assured visitor attraction as designated by Enjoy England.


Wed 31st Oct 2018: Halloween Steam & Scream

Quorn and Woodhouse Station, Woodhouse Road, Quorn, Leicestershire, LE12 8AG.
Tel: 07710 934788.

Halloween / Railways

Sat 24th Nov - Mon 24th Dec: Santa Steam Trains

Visit website for more details and booking.

Railways / Santa

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