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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.


Fri 25th - Sun 27th Jan 2019: Winter Steam Gala

Quorn and Woodhouse Station, Woodhouse Road, Quorn, Leicestershire, LE12 8AG.
Tel: 07710 934 788.

Three days of intensive action on our double track featuring passenger and goods/freight services with up to 10 steam locos in action. We're recreating…

Buses / Railways

Fri 19th - Mon 22nd Apr 2019: Easter Vintage Festival

Great Central Railway, Quorn and Woodhouse Station, Quorn, Leicestershire, LE12 8AG.
Tel: 07710 934 788.

Step back in time to a country fayre at Quorn & Woodhouse Station. There's gallopers and a big wheel, traction engines, craft stalls, vintage cars,…

Classic Cars / Commercial Vehicles / Country Fayre / Fairground / Miniature Steam / Railways / Steam and Vintage Rallies / Tractors

Fri 14th - Sun 16th Jun 2019: Model Event

Over 70 of the country’s best layouts will be attending alongside over 40 of the industry’s leading suppliers.

Models / Railways

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