More than 30 engines at Easter Vintage Festival


The Great Central Railway has announced that more than 30 engines will attend its annual Easter Vintage Festival as part the GCR’s 50th anniversary celebrations of becoming a restored heritage railway.

The festival opens at 10am on Friday, April 7 until 4pm on Monday, April 10, held at the Quorn and Woodhouse station yard, offering four days of entertainment with Howards Steam Gallopers, Big Wheel and Train rides open throughout. There will also be a large photographic display in the marquee showing the development of the Great Central Railway from 1973 until the present day.

On the Saturday afternoon, the engines will go for their annual road run through the village of Quorn with a pit stop half way round. On the Friday and Saturday evenings, entertainment will be provided by the Syston Swing Band on the Friday and Sarah Clarke on the Saturday in the marquee. Entry at night is free to day ticketholders or £5 on the door. The Tin Shed Shanty Bar will be open throughout. Join the GCR on Sunday morning for the enginemen’s whistle for absent friends, followed by plaque presentations to the birthday girls – two engines at 100 years old and one at 120 years old.

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Event manager Michael Stokes said: “The show has come a long way in the 11 years since we revived it and, with all the anniversaries happening this year, will have something for everyone, young and old. With a yard entry of only £10, redeemable against train travel tickets, it is excellent value for a full day’s entertainment”

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