Subject to the to Covid regulations allowing –
Starting from The Stockyard, Hellaby our route to The Great Central Railway Ruddington skirts Worksop, Clumber Park and New Ollerton on scenic A and B roads
A run to join the Lincs area for a joint meeting.
Formerly known as Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre, The Great Central Railway – Nottingham now offers almost 10 miles of heritage railway running through the beautiful scenery of South Nottinghamshire and North-West Leicestershire.
Heritage Steam & Diesel services re-create the experience of train travel from when it was more than just a way to travel from one place to another.
Entirely staffed by volunteers, all income is used to preserve railway & transport heritage for future generations. The GCRN is a great experience for all the family.
About the Great Central Railway – Nottingham
The Great Central Railway (Nottingham) offers over 10 miles of heritage railway running through the beautiful scenery of South Nottinghamshire and North-West Leicestershire.
Journeys begin at Ruddington, just south of Nottingham, and continue through to East Leake and Loughborough. Our facilities at Ruddington include a Model Railway, Miniature Railways, a Heritage Transport Collection and railway workshop with full engineering facilities, as well as a cafeteria and gift shop. There’s plenty to see and do at our Ruddington base, so we aren’t just a train ride – be sure to make time to see all our attractions and facilities.
Services are pulled by heritage Steam and Diesel locomotives, re-creating the experience of train travel from a time when it was more than just a means to get from one place to another.
The railway is entirely owned and operated by a dedicated group of volunteers who continue to develop the line as one of Nottinghamshire’s premier visitor attractions.
|On the Trains
All our trains feature on-board catering. Many services feature our first-class buffet car that serves a range of hot and cold beverages and snacks for your journey. Many of our coaches have enhanced facilities and space for prams, pushchairs and baby buggies, all in the seating areas where parents can keep a watchful eye, as well as wide doors to facilitate boarding.
Ruddington (main station area)
Our main site at Ruddington is the base for the railway’s operations and is our principle station. There is a cafeteria (selling hot and cold food, drinks, etc), Toilets, Baby Change facilities, a gift shop, the narrow-gauge line operated by the Nottingham Society of Model and Experimental Engineers (NSMEE) and a collection of historic buses as well as a building hosting three model railway layouts.
The main platform is located alongside the Rushcliffe Country Park in Mere Way, Ruddington. Car parking is plentiful. A cool satellite view of the site is here. A printable, simple to use map of our Ruddington station site and it’s facilities is shown above (Click on Image for full size)
The Country Park in which the main station and facilities at Ruddington is located features an excellent children’s play area and a kiosk selling teas, coffees and ice creams. Ruddington village Centre (approx 20 minute walk from Ruddington station) has pubs and shops, as well as a fish & chip shop.
The south edge of the country park provides access to Asher Lane, and thence to an extensive network of footpaths criss-crossing Gotham Moor and the railway.
|Day runabout||(see Notes 1 & 2)||£18.00||£9.00|
Sunday Luncheon on “The Elizabethan” is a possibility
This train runs on most Sundays through the year, except at certain special events.
Your three-course lunch is served aboard our First Class Restaurant Cars as a steam locomotive takes you on a leisurely journey through Charnwood’s glorious countryside. Your meal is served during the journey and there will normally be a pause on Swithland viaduct with its magnificent views across the reservoir to Charnwood Forest.
The train departs from Loughborough Central at 1.00 p.m, returning at approximately 2.45pm. Tickets are £47.00 per adult or £37.00 per child. The price includes the full cost of the train ticket. At weekends, rail travel is normally unlimited on the date of dining, however due to the current Covid situation, this is not possible until further notice.
Members (and prospective members) are welcome to join or leave an any point, please let the leader know if you intend to do this so we are not waiting for you, and if you are leaving mid route, ensure that the cars behind know you are leaving the convoy, or you may find you have extra guests at your house for tea !!!!
Please study the clubs Good Driving Guide before coming on a run
See some of the places we plan to visit (or revisit)
If you have questions about any of the events or any ideas or suggestions for runs or days out, please contact your Co-ordinators – details on the Contacts page