Leicestershire’s Great Central Railway.

Ever wanted to drive a steam train? Live the dream with incredible gifting experiences at Great Central Railway

If you’re on the hunt for a special and unique gift for a loved one, look no further than Leicestershire’s Great Central Railway. From train driving experiences and first-class dining to murder mysteries and afternoon tea – there’s something unique for everyone to enjoy, all year round.

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The Great Central Railway Drive a Loco experience days are sure to put a smile on your face, whatever the weather! 

Perhaps the most unique in the offering is the Drive a Loco experience. Embark on an adventure with this exclusive opportunity to take control of a steam locomotive, diesel locomotive or heritage railcar.  Whether you’re a seasoned railway enthusiast or wanting to try your hand at something completely new, the Great Central Railway Drive a Loco experiences guarantee a day filled with memories to last a lifetime.

There are a variety of packages available, all of which include a welcome briefing, lunch, guided tour of the Loco Works, visit to Loughborough’s Signal Box, presentation certificate and 12-month membership of Friends of Great Central Mainline.

Depending on the package chosen, there’s also an opportunity for the driver to bring guests with them to share the experience.

Choose from driving experiences in a Steam Locomotive, Steam Train, Heritage Diesel Locomotive, Heritage Diesel Train or Heritage Railcar.

To find out more about the Drive a Loco experiences, please visit: https://www.gcrailway.co.uk/special-services/drive-a-loco/

Simon Bracewell, Head of Marketing & Communications of the Great Central Railway said: “Our Drive a Loco experience is one of the of the most unique gifts you can purchase and offers the opportunity for people to create the most wonderful memories. Our line features double tracks, signals and stations, creating an environment straight from the pages of childhood dreams. It’s always a joy to see how people react when they’re at the controls and starting their journey for the first time!” 

If your gift recipient prefers to sit back and enjoy the journey, rather than driving the train themselves, there are plenty of other experiences that can be shared. The First-Class Dining Train invites guests to step into a world of vintage luxury on board Great Central Railway’s historic main line steam locomotives. Enjoy a delicious multi-course dinner, as you’re whisked through the picturesque Leicestershire countryside.

There are also special themed experiences to enjoy, including thrilling Murder Mystery evenings; indulgent Fish & Chip specials; afternoon tea and new for 2024, their Great Central Champagne Brunch.

For further information, and to book, please visit: https://www.gcrailway.co.uk/first-class-dining-trains-2024/ 

There’s also still plenty of time to book and enjoy the ‘Great Central Santa Express’ this December – a festive adventure for families to experience the enchantment of Christmas, with a heartwarming journey on a heritage steam railway, and a special appearance by the man in red himself: Santa Claus!

Great Central Railway’s Santa Express was recently featured in The Times’ list of best Christmas train experiences nation wide. 

To find out more and make a booking, please visit: https://www.gcrailway.co.uk/santa-steam-trains/

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