Apparently the GCR is experiencing the best ever Christmas Season we've had so far, and we're putting on a rather intensive timetable just after Christmas, including Christmas Day running!
I got to wondering, how are other railways fairing this Christmas, as it should have hopefully spread to all the other lines in the country.The East Midlands award winning steam railway will be open every day between the 22nd of December 2005 and January 2006. Trains on Christmas Day, trains on New Years Eve, we've got trains galore for anyone whose had enough turkey!
The railways General Manager Bob Crew said, "Our record breaking Santa Special season is just the start. There'll be no sitting down to the Bond film for our volunteers. We're putting in our busiest timetable. Our luxury dining trains on Christmas Day (among the only trains running in the country that day) are just the start. From Boxing day to New Years Eve will be running steam trains through glorious Leicestershire Countryside on our unique double track."
Trains will depart every 45 minutes from the GCRs Loughborough and Leicester stations from the 27th to the 31st of December
However - it's New Years Eve when we really steam up for party fun. We have three trains running. Turn up and go" parties on wheels serving real ale and a traditional menu of haggis depart from at 7.45 pm from Loughborough Central Station.
"We think this will be our best Christmas ever," continued Bob, "with something for everyone. For families who are tired of TV, turkey and sales there's no better way to get out of the house than to enjoy a ride on our steam trains. With trains running every day between the 22nd and the 2nd of January there's no excuse not to make a day trip."
For full details of times, ticket prices and directions to our stations please check out the railways website at www.gcrailway.co.uk or call the booking office on 01509 230726