41001 October dates PLUS 08784 action!

SUNDAY 21ST OCTOBER – Yellow Timetable – 41001 + GCRN Diesel
SATURDAY 27TH OCTOBER – Special Timetable – 41001 + GCRN Diesel
SUNDAY 28TH OCTOBER – Special Timetable – 41001 + GCRN Diesel + 08784 Selected Use

Historic Prototype High Speed Train Power Car 41001 and 125 Group’s sleek Mk3 coaches will be running passenger trains on these dates at Great Central Railway (Nottingham). Services depart from Ruddington station to Loughborough Viaduct and back, running ‘top and tail’ with 41001 at the south end of the train and a GCRN diesel locomotive at the north end. Tickets available to buy on the day.

Sunday 21st October the ‘Yellow Timetable’ will be in operation with departures from Ruddington at 1030, 1215, 1400 and 1545. Saturday 27th October a special timetable to be confirmed will be in operation. Sunday 28th October ONLY, extremely rare shunting locomotive 08784 will haul selected trains between Fifty Steps and Ruddington, a special timetable to be confirmed will be in operation.

The GCR(N) route is just under 10 miles long, after departing from Ruddington trains reverse at Fifty Steps (no station) then run southbound along the former Great Central Mainline calling at Rushcliffe Halt station, continuing through the scenic Nottinghamshire countryside to Loughborough Viaduct, which has no station but affords a great view over the Midland Mainline and looks down into Brush Locomotive Works, with class 43s, 73s, 92s and 319/769s often visible.

Buffet 125 will be open on-board our Mk3 coach RFM, selling snacks, hot and cold beverages plus alcoholic drinks including wine and bottled beer, our volunteers will be pleased to serve you. 41001 is powered by the original screaming Valenta type engine and our comfortable carriages are fully heated and air-conditioned, perfect whatever the weather. The 125 Group sales stand will also be on the train and trustees will also be on-hand to talk about our exciting HST Depot Appeal. We look forward to welcoming you on-board.

Ruddington station (sat-nav postcode NG11 6JS) is the base for GCRN with many heritage transport exhibits, miniature and model railways, car parking and bus links to Nottingham and Loughborough. Rushcliffe Country Park is also here and overlooks the line. More information on the GCR(N) website.