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“Biggest disappointment for a family of Railway Buffs ever!”

Great Central Railway
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Biggest disappointment for a family of Railway Buffs ever!”
Reviewed 19 June 2014

We were charged full admittance even though the service during the Half-Term Holiday was drastically reduced and access to platforms and the shops refused because of "filming" and on complaint we were told that the filming gave them much needed income and we should have checked on the website for any curtailments. What about us and the income we gave them? We came all the way from Devon and received a fourth class visit for a first class amount of money. When purchasing the ticket we were not told of the curtailment of services and therefore felt cheated!!! Would you expect Half-Term to be a reduced service with stations virtually closed? After wanting to do this visit for years we wish we had not bothered and stayed in Devon for the Half-Term and travelled on our own lovely steam railwaysinstead.

Visited May 2014
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“Walk or ride down memory lane”
Reviewed 18 June 2014

Are you into the old days of steam trains. The smell of burning coal and soot. The woosh of steam the steam whistle blowing, the friendly train drivers on the footplate shovelling coal into the boiler. Well this is the place to come. You can ride from Loughborough getting your ticket as you go into the old wooden floored entrance. You can smell the history, and then walk down the large wooden staircase to the platform and you go back in time. Numerous films have used this location for its historical accuracy
Buster (1988)
The Secret Agent (1993)
Shadowlands (1993)
The Navigators (1999)
Enigma (2001)
The Hours (2002)
Cemetery Junction (2010)

Also many TV shows
She's Out (1994)
Woof! (1995)
Goodnight Mr. Tom (1998)
Take a Girl Like You (2000)
The Cazalet Chronicles (2001)
Casualty (2001)
Hawking (2004)
The 4:50 from Paddington (2004)
E=MC2 (2005)
The 39 Steps (2008)
Central Steam (TV Series) (2010)
South Riding (TV miniseries) (2011)
Top Gear (2011)[20]
Heston's Fantastical Food (2012)[21]
Our Story (2013)[22] - To be Screened on ITV in 2014
Great British Railway Journeys (2013) - First Screened on BBC TV in January 2014

The silver service buffet car events during the summer are a must to go on but book early to avoid disappointment. Have a peek at their website here http://www.gcrailway.co.uk

There are also themed events throughout the summer including wartime re enactments if you have children or are a big kid yourself make a day of if. Tea rooms also on the platforms and in loughborough you can even walk around the worksheds and see the ongoing restoration work on locomotives

Visited May 2014
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841 reviews
252 attraction reviews
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“Super 1940's Wartime Event”
Reviewed 16 June 2014

I took my wife again as we did last year for the 1940's wartime Event on Friday last knowing that it is for the school children but it does not stop us from enjoying the singers and the military fashion show arranged in the marque in Quorn and Woodhouse station yard. Being a steam buff (I admit) I am lucky enough to enjoy both the event and also the atmosphere of the steam era but am sure everybody can enjoy both the pleasure and especially on the Saturday and Sunday special events.

Visited June 2014
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Richmond, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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“forties steam weekend”
Reviewed 16 June 2014

Fantastic experience each station was different. home station.allied station and occupied station. actors dressed up as army,navy airforce..plenty of eating and drinking areas....something for everyone

Visited June 2014
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Dunstable, England, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
28 attraction reviews
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“First Class Day Out”
Reviewed 12 June 2014 via mobile

Where do I start? The friendly staff? The beautifully restored stations and locomotives? Or the fact that the trains are on two tracks so can pass between stations like on a real mainline. It's a great day out. Highly recommend for a day out!

Thank George H
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