About the Spring Diesel Gala
Thomas Cook, an early pioneer in the travel industry, chose the town of Loughborough as the destination for the first-ever tourist package tour. In 1841, for 1 shilling each, 500 members of a temperance group from Leicester travelled via train to Loughborough for a teetotaller rally. Hopefully, lots of tea and lemonade was served. Another rally in Loughborough held every year in May is the Spring Diesel Gala, where teetotallers and drinkers alike can enjoy a wonderful day with the trains at the Great Central Railway (GCR).
The GCR is the UK's only double track, mainline heritage railway. The Spring Diesel Gala is a two-day event with an "intensive running of our heritage diesel fleet."
More details about a guest locomotive and other activities at this spring event will be available soon. Until then, visitors can visit The GCR Museum that contains historical information and artefacts from the start of railways and the GCR in particular. Have a great breakfast served all day on the Griddle Car or enjoy a full four-course meal onboard one of the dining cars. And don't forget the famous Fish and Chip Trains.
Great Central Railway
With "roots" dating to the mid-19th century, the "ancestors" of the GCR operated until 1969. In 1971 the Main Line Preservation Group (MLPG) took on the daunting task of restoration. A dedicated group of volunteers and staff have since re-built a double track section from Loughborough Central to Rothley and opened a single track to Leicester North. The 40 plus years restoration effort includes the signals and signal boxes, carriages, wagons, and of course, the steam and diesel locomotives.
Entry To The Event
The trains usually begin running as early as 9:20 a.m. and end in the afternoon or evening on certain days. For special days like the Spring Diesel Gala, check with GCR for the exact timetables. The fares begin at £18.00 for and adult and £9.00 for children age 3 to 16 and will vary depending on which of the four stations you stop off. And no, teetotallers will not be able to ride for one shilling.
Somewhere to Stay in Leicestershire
For overnight visitors, Loughborough offers a wide array of B&Bs and hotels along the A6 and in Derby and Leicester. Tent campers and caravaners will also find several campsites to pitch a tent or park their RV with all the needed facilities to make it comfortable. The only unknown is if the weather will co-operate.
Getting To Great Central Road
Drivers arriving at the Gala from Derby will need to navigate to the Kegsworth Interchange and take Derby road or the Kegsworth Bypass to the A6 (London Road). Take A6 all the way into Loughborough, make a left turn where the A6 becomes Leicester Road, and another left turn onto the A60 (New King Street). The next right turn is Great Central Road to the Railway. From Leicester, simply take the A6 north to the A60 and make a right turn.
Other Things To Do Around The Area
If there are any astronauts in your family planning to go to Mars, then they need to see the National Space Centre in nearby Leicester. It has the UK's largest planetarium, plus an iconic 42m high Rocket Tower. The award-winning National Space Centre is truly an "out of this world" experience. For those with more down to earth tastes, the Derby Museum & Art Gallery is an excellent destination.
Dogs, bicycles, and other large items are welcome with a £2.00 addition to the owner's fares. Registered disabled people are given a slight discount and can ride for £16.00 with a caretaker joining at no extra cost. People with wheelchairs should check with the railway before their arrival. One final tip: If you notice a stern-looking gentleman dressed in mid-19th-century garb approaching you, be sure to hide that bottle or flask where he can't see it.
When is the next Spring Diesel Gala?
The Spring Diesel Gala is planned to take place at Great Central Road, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 1RW, Sunday 2nd May, 2021. This is a Two Day Diesel Gala.
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