Great Central Railway

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


  • Parking
  • Gift Shop
  • Refreshments
  • Part Disabled Access


Full Description

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.

Contact & Location

Address:Great Central Road
Leicestershire LE11 1RW
Contacts: 01509 632 323
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Open days:Sat-Sun & BHol. Daily 8-20 Apr, 27 May-4 Jun. Wed 31 May-Sep, Tue-Thu 18 Jul-24 Aug. Plus a few other days. Also Santas in Dec.
By Rail: Loughborough / 1 mile

Upcoming Events

25 Nov-24 Dec 2017 Santa Steam Trains

Visit website for more details and booking.

26 Jan-28 Jan 2018 Winter Steam Gala

This entry was last updated on 7th February 2017

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