Great Central Railway

The UK’s only double track, main line heritage railway​

Embark on a journey to the past like no other. This is the only place on the globe where you can see two steam trains passing one another on separate lines – just as they once did in the golden age of rail travel.​

Wonderful views and striking light shows​

Gold award-winner for the East Midlands’ best visitor experience, this is one of our most exciting heritage lines. Don’t miss the museum at Loughborough Central Station to learn more about the railway, and keep your eyes peeled for the magnificent views between Quorn & Woodhouse and Rothley stations.​ Or get behind the controls and experience the thrill of driving a steam or diesel locomotive .

You can also enjoy a range of events throughout the year. From fish and chip trains to spectacular light shows, they make for truly unique days out. Be sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

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Travel on the Great Central Railway​

The Great Central Railway runs between Loughborough Central station and Leicester North via Quorn & Woodhouse and Rothley.​

Trains run every weekend all year round, and on selected weekdays. Choose a single, return or runabout trip. There are group tickets for families, and children under 3 years old travel free (except at certain special events).​

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Getting there​

We run regular intercity and regional services to Loughborough. From here it’s a 20 minute walk to Loughborough Central. You can buy EMR tickets online or at the station.

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