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GCR & GCRN 125th Anniversary Open Weekend

Join us for this spectacular weekend as we reunify the Great Central Railway and the Great Central Railway Nottingham for a celebration of the 125th opening of the GCR London Extension. Our Rail Replacement Bus Service will reunify the two halves of our railway with a service between Quorn and Woodhouse Station and Ruddington Station to allow you to explore all of our attractions with one inclusive ticket that is valid for entry to all sites and includes train travel and the reunification bus service. Kids go for a Quid (aged 3-15 inclusive)

Anniversary Open Weekend - Welcome

Join us for this spectacular weekend as we reunify the Great Central Railway and the Great Central Railway Nottingham for a celebration of the 125th opening of the GCR London Extension. Our Rail Replacement Bus Service will reunify the two halves of our railway with a service between Quorn and Woodhouse Station and Ruddington Station to allow you to explore all of our attractions with one inclusive ticket that is valid for entry to all sites and includes train travel and the reunification bus service. Kids go for a Quid (aged 3-15 inclusive)

How to find us... our stations

You can start your experience at any of our locations. Your ticket is valid across both the Great Central Railway, the Great Central Railway Nottingham and the Rail Replacement Bus Service between Quorn & Woodhouse Station and Ruddington (Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre).

What's On Where ...

There is so much to see and do across all our stations at both Great Central Railway and Great Central Railway Nottingham. Use the filters to check out what's on at each station.

Miniature Railway at Ruddington

Miniature Railway

Ruddington Experience the joy of riding our miniature railway, featuring track gauges of 3½", 5", and 7¼”.

Model Railway At Ruddington

Model Railway

Ruddington Take the reins of our model railway, be the conductor, control the tracks and have fun!

Meet The Fleet At Ruddington

Meet the Fleet

Ruddington They’ll be plenty for you to see Class 03, 08, 20 and 37 Diesel Locomotives, B1 Steam Locomotive and a HST 125 Power Car.

Bric and Brac Shop At Ruddington

Bric & Brac Shop

Ruddington Explore unique treasures at the Bric & Brac shop.

Heritage Cafe At Ruddington

Heritage Cafe

Ruddington The Heritage Cafe is open all day, ready to serve up a delicious all-day breakfast.

Ruddington Shuttle Service

Shuttle Service

Ruddington Enjoy a heritage bus service from Ruddington to Rushcliffe Halt with our convenient shuttle.

NABS Heritage Bus Collection At Ruddington

NABS Buses

Ruddington Discover a collection of Nottingham Area Bus Society (NABS) Buses open for guided public viewing, showcasing the rich history of these iconic vehicles.

Platform Display At Rushcliffe Halt

Platform Displays

Rushcliffe Halt Explore our delightful fully dressed branch line.

Refreshments At Rushcliffe Halt

Refreshments

Rushcliffe Halt Refreshment services will also be available at this station.

Shuttle Bus Services From Rushcliffe Halt

Shuttle Bus Service

Rushcliffe Halt Enjoy a heritage bus service from Rushcliffe Halt to Ruddington with our convenient shuttle.

Loco Shed Tour At Loughborough Central Station

Loco Shed Tours

Loughborough Central Witness steam locomotives being stripped down, restored, and repaired, as our knowledgeable guides take you through the shed.

5305 Locotmotive Stand

5305 Stand

Loughborough Central Explore the 5305 stand showcasing a piece of railway history and offering insights into the iconic locomotive.

Shop from the Kiosk and Emporium From Loughborough Central Station

Shop

Loughborough Central Explore and buy railway items at our kiosk and shop. Visit the Emporium for railwayana and second hand books and models.

Visit the Museum At Loughborough Central Station

Museum

Loughborough Central Dive into the rich history of railways with a visit to our museum, a treasure trove of fascinating exhibits and artifacts.

Refreshment Room Open At Loughborough Central Station

Refreshment Room

Loughborough Central Enjoy a break at our Platform Refreshment Room, where delightful treats await you.

Friends Of Great Central Mainline Stand

Friends of Great Central Main Line stand

Loughborough Central Visit the Friends of Great Central Main Line stand on the platform, discovering new ways to support and be part of the railway's journey.

Miniature Railway at Loughborough Central Station

Miniature Railway

Loughborough Central Travel 'North by Train' from Loughborough Central Station as you ride on a miniature train from our Locomotive Shed! Donations encouraged towards Reunification.

Rail Replacement Bus Service

Rail Replacement Bus Service

Ruddington Travel from GCRN Ruddington to GCR Quorn & Woodhouse on our reunification bus service, included in your ticket.

Quorn Wagon and Wagon Display

Quorn Wagon & Wagon Display

Quorn & Woodhouse Enjoy a stunning display of rail vehicles preserved and maintained by the volunteers at Quorn Wagon & Wagon.

Stands In The Marquee

Stands in the Marquee

Quorn & Woodhouse Stands, including a special 125 souvenir book stall, GCR Recruitment stand, GC Railway Society, The Duke, Watkin Society (Sat only) and more. Plus you can grab a pint of real ale at the Tin Shed

Turntable Display

Quorn Yard Displays

Quorn & Woodhouse The 9F and 47 will both be on display, giving you a chance to view these amazing locomotives up close.

Watkin Society Delivering Talks At Quorn

Watkin Society

Quorn & Woodhouse (Sat only) Listen to the captivating talks delivered by the Watkin Society at 11.30 am and 2 pm in the goods shed - they will also have a stand on Saturday in the Marquee

Refreshments Available At Quorn

Refreshments

Quorn & Woodhouse Butler Henderson Cafe, the Tin Shed and the Naafi open throughout the event to provide a delicious selection of food and drinks.

Bus Trips From Quorn To Ruddington

Rail Replacement Bus Service

Quorn & Woodhouse Travel from GCR Quorn & Woodhouse to GCRN Ruddington on our reunification bus service, included in your ticket.

Telecoms Expo At Rothley Station

Telecoms Exhibition

Rothley Explore the history of railway communications.

Carriage and Wagon Display At Rothley Station

Carriage & Wagon

Rothley Visit our Carriage and Wagon works, meet the team who look after our passenger coaches, plus a lineside viewing platform through the shed.

Tearooms Open At Rothley Station

Tearooms

Rothley Ellis Tearooms and our Platform Tearoom will both be open for you to indulge in delightful treats and drinks.

Branch Line To Mountsorrel Operating

Branch Line

Mountsorrel Hop aboard one of our charming railcars for a delightful journey on the branch line

GC Coach No. 946 Available To View At The Museum

GC Coach No. 946

Mountsorrel Whilst in Mountsorrel, head over to the Railway Museum to view the GC Coach No. 946.

A Stunning Display Of Stationed Wagons At Swithland Sidings

A Stunning Display

Swithland Sidings As you pass by Swithland Sidings on your train ride, don’t miss seeing all the goods wagons stabled for display.

Exhibition Inside A Break Guards Van

Exhibition in a Carriage!

Leicester North Discover railway history inside a coach stabled in the bay platform.

Footplate Visits At Leicester North

Footplate Visits

Leicester North Many of our services will have a longer runaround time at Leicester to allow you to go and visit the footplate - an unmissable opportunity for kids (and BIG kids!)

Station Platform Tearoom Open

Tearoom

Leicester North Our Platform Tearoom will be open for you to indulge in treats and drinks.

Test Car 2 Open For Visits

Test Car 2

Quorn & Woodhouse Explore the fascinating Test Car 2, open for visits during the event. An important vehicle used in railway testing.

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Class 31 - 31210

Ruddington Just arrived at Ruddington! This diesel locomotive has never run in preservation, but is almost completely restored and will be on display at the event

All services, locomotives, exhibits, and other attractions are subject to availability, amendment, or cancellation at any time.

Locomotives & Railcars

The following locomotives and heritage railcars are due to operate on the Great Central Railway over the weekend. All services, locomotives, exhibits, and other attractions are subject to availability, amendment, or cancellation at any time.

Standard 73156, Operating across the GCR

Standard 5 - 73156

8F - 4305, operating across the GCR

8F - 48305

Standard 2 - 78018, operating across the GCR

Standard 2 - 78018

Standard 2 - 78019, operating across the GCR

Standard 2 - 78019

NER Autocar, operating across the GCR

NER Autocar

DMU Iris, operating across the GCR

Iris

The following locomotives and heritage railcars are due to operate on the Great Central Railway over the weekend. All services, locomotives, exhibits, and other attractions are subject to availability, amendment, or cancellation at any time.

Fares, Terms & Conditions

Explore our fares and terms and conditions for an enjoyable all inclusive event. For the cheapest fares buy online.

GCR & GCRN 125th Anniversary Open Weekend

1 day

2 days

Train travel + Entry - Online

Adult

£35

£55

Child (Aged 3 - 15) Under 14s must be accompanied

£1

£2

Friend/Privilege Adult (see note 6)

£25

£40

Friend/Privilege Child (Aged 3 - 15) Under 14s must be accompanied (see note 6)

£1

£2

Train travel + Entry - Booking Office

Adult

£37

£60

Child (Aged 3 - 15) Under 14s must be accompanied

£1

£2

Friend/Privilege Adult (see note 6)

£26

£42

Friend/Privilege Child (Aged 3 -15) (see note 6)

£1

£2

Entry Only - Online and Booking Office

Adult

£10

-

Child (Aged 3 - 15) Under 14s must be accompanied

£1

-

Fares and Terms & Conditions

1. No Day Returns, Short Hop single or return tickets are available during this event

2. £10 Yard/Platform entry tickets are not valid for any rail travel. They may be used as a credit against a travel ticket on the day they are purchased for travel on the same day.

3. Kids for a Quid tickets are available to all children aged 3 – 15 inclusive for rail travel and site entry. Children aged under 14 must be accompanied.

4. Registered disabled visitors pay the standard event rail fare of £35.00 online or £37.00 booking office. An accompanying registered carer is offered a free complimentary fare. (If disabled tickets are booked online you will need to visit the booking office and show your ticket and the registered carers ID to be issued with the complimentary carer ticket BEFORE you board a train).

5. FREE travel at this event applies to:

6. Privilege rates at this event apply to:

7. There is no concessionary rate for students at this event.

8. Dogs are carried FREE of charge at this event and are welcome at both of our sites but are unable to be carried on the bus services.

9. Cycles and large items of luggage are carried FREE of charge at this event subject to available space – please speak to the Guard on the train you wish to travel on.

10. Our standard adult runabout fare (valid on all advertised services with standard class accommodation, except reservation only services (including Santa trains)) is £56 - this is valid for use on one day only during the 31 days from date of issue.

11. For a full list of our conditions of carriage, please refer to our website. https://www.gcrailway.co.uk/timetables-and-fares/conditions-of-carriage/

While every effort will be made to maintain services, we do not guarantee that trains will arrive/ depart at the times stated. Great Central Railway plc and Great Central Railway (Nottingham) Ltd reserve the right to change our product offer or prices at any time without notice. All services, locomotives, exhibits, and other attractions are subject to availability, amendment, or cancellation at any time.

No liability for any loss, inconvenience or delay can be accepted. All railway locomotives release, on occasion, oily deposits into the atmosphere, including cinders from steam locos. We regret that we cannot take responsibility for damage to visitors’ clothing, vehicles or other personal belongings caused by these occurrences.

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