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Great Central & More - Steam, Rail & Ale

A brilliant Steam, Rail & Ale tour timed to coincide with a magnificent steam gala day at the Great Central Railway, steam along the Great Central Nottingham, plus Peak Rail Steam, and heritage railcar on the Ecclesbourne Valley line. Add in a visit and tour of Marston's Heritage brewery and a Victorian ale house and we can drink to that!

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5 days from £499



Thursday 30 September 2021



  • Great Central Steam Gala Day Rover pass

  • Steam at Great Central Nottingham

  • Steam along Peak Rail

  • Ecclesbourne Valley with Heritage Railcar

  • Tour of Marston’s heritage brewery

  • Visit and a pint at Ye Olde Trip to Jeruselem

  • Real Ale on trains and in stations on GCR including the renowned ‘tin hut’

  • Based in Derby, the Real Ale capital of the world


Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • Half board accommodation at the Best Western Stuart Hotel, Derby

  • Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager


Travelling by train from your home station to Derby and after registering at the Stuart Hotel, we travel by train to Burton upon Trent for a guided tour of Marston's heritage brewery. The tour includes the Victorian Brewhouse, the Burton Union System, the Bottling Plant and a sociable 3 halves taster of their finest beer. Afterwards we return by train to Derby for our first evening meal at the former Midland hotel followed by a complimentary pint at the Brunswick - a Victorian ale house & brewery.



A short journey takes us to Loughborough and a full day at the best mainline steam railway in Britain - the double track Great Central Railway. A steam gala at the Great Central is like no other in Britain with passenger, dining, freight, mineral, light engine and TPO workings it really is a totally unique steam day. Your day rover ticket allows unlimited travel along the line with real ale available at Loughborough station, on the train, and the real ale 'tin shed' bar at Quorn. In fact a day at Quorn station is like stepping back to mainline steam days with trains arriving and departing every few minutes.

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Returning to the rails, we travel by train to Duffield to enjoy a return Heritage Railcar journey to Wirksworth on the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway before travelling on by rail to Matlock for a return steam journey along the Peak Rail line. After this relaxing day visiting two heritage railways we return by train to Derby for our evening meal at the hotel and a pint at the 'Alex' a fine real ale pub with its collection of Railwayana.

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There is huge interest in the forthcoming connection of the two 'Great Central' Railways now that a new bridge is in place over the Midland Mainline. So, this morning we travel by train to Nottingham, transferring hopefully by heritage coach to the Great Central Railway (Nottingham) to enjoy a steam journey over the line, with time to enjoy the collection of heritage rail and road vehicles. We then continue by heritage coach to England's oldest Inn, 'Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem', for a drink courtesy of Railtrail from their fine selection of ales. Returning by train to Derby for our final evening meal at our hotel.

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Our tour concludes after breakfast with individual departures to homeward stations.

*Important Note: Great Central Steam Gala dates are subject to change and cancellation. We do reserve the right to make substitutions and changes to the tour itinerary should it be deemed necessary for whatever reason.


B=Breakfast, D=Dinner


The Best Western Stuart Hotel, Derby

A centrally located 4-star hotel, close to the railway station. The comfortable en-suite bedrooms are equipped with flat-screen tv, complimentary Wi-Fi, hairdryer, and tea /coffee making facilities. Please note the hotel does not have a lift. All meals are served in the hotel’s stylish restaurant and there is also bar serving light snacks.



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Join & Leave at Hotel £509


£10 tour discount for holders of National Railcards


Single Room Supplement £55


4 nights bed, breakfast & evening meal

2 x ‘three halves’ plus one pint of fine ale or cider

Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

Rail & coach travel, with transfers as described

All excursions and admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager


Important – Please select the number of passengers before proceeding to ‘Book Now’

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