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Enter our romantic world of steam travel
Goods trains at night
The grand age of steam: goods trains at night
Let off steam. Take a virtual trip on the Great Central Railway - Britain's only mainline steam railway, with five and a half miles of double track.
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360 degree pictures of the GCR's Loughborough Engineering Works
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The Great Central Railway now runs from Loughborough to Quorn, Rothley, Woodhouse and Leicester North, and back again.

The classic corridor trains at the Great Central Railway are heated by steam in the winter.

The GCR was originally built and extended to link the north of England with the Continent - the railway's chairman, Edward Watkin, also planned to build a channel tunnel for the trains to go through.
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Shovel coal. Work up a sweat. Stoke that engine. Get a steam train driver's-view of bridges, trains, hidden sidings, and engineering works.

B1 class at Quorn
B1 class at Quorn

If that's always been a far-off dream for you, we can make your dreams come true.

You can steam through towns, villages and the glorious Leicester countryside at the grand old speed of 25mph.

Clip your ticket below to drive your train or just nose round a station. Then look at our 360 degree pictures of the railway's engineering yards:

clip your ticket to Quorn

Loughborough to Quorn (56k) video
From the station on Great Central Road, out of Loughborough and through the glorious summer countryside to Quorn station.







clip your ticket to go to Rothley

Quorn to Rothley
(56k) video
See the sidings and ridge engineering works, rare trucks and the serenity of Swithland Resevoir as you travel from Quorn station on to Rothley station.








clip your ticket to stroll round Loughborough station

Tour Loughborough Station
(56k) video
What happens between the departures? See the authentic memorabilia, and even meet the station cat.





360 degree pictures of the Loughborough engineering yards

Photographs by Andy Bennett

 

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