In 2007 our aims seemed daunting; to restore the 1¼ miles of the Mountsorrel Railway. With £100,000 raised from the local community and business our 120 volunteers have delivered so much more! Contributing over 80,000 hours of labour they cleared and restored the rail line, built Mountsorrel Station with car park and access, repaired two stone bridges, created the Nunckley Trail, and re-laid and replanted countless metres of hedgerow.
The official railway opening on the 24th October 2015 was a major milestone of which we are immensely proud. If you missed the opening, or wish to be reminded of the day, we have pictures of the opening along with links to many of the news sites that covered the opening..
Our vision for 2016 is equally ambitious; to open a Community Heritage Centre to chronicle the rich and varied history of Mountsorrel and Rothley. Three nearby historic buildings have been dismantled, moved, and, together with a new building, form the basis of the Heritage Centre, providing Heritage Room, Granite’s coffee shop , a Community room (which is available to hire), and quiet room. The site will also provide a historic quarry demonstration area, additional platform to the Mountsorrel railway and a small railway museum featuring rolling stock that worked this railway.
Construction commenced in May 2015. The Heritage Centre and nature trail opened on the 25th April, whilst we hope to open the quarry demonstration and railway museum in the autumn. You can follow the build progress week by week on our build time-lapse page.
Feel free to look around our website to see our vision for the Centre. Why not download our brochure for a brief introduction to us. To keep up to date with our progress, and to read the latest news, check out our RSS feed, or if you would like to receive e-mail updates on our progress and also details of events and special offers then why not sign up for our Newsletter. If you feel you would like to help with our project you can contribute money, materials, or volunteer your time, to transform the site into your Heritage Centre.
The blog: Mountsorrel Railway Blog is still available for you to explore the development of the railway, however it is no longer maintained or updated.
If you have difficulty finding the page you are looking for then our Site Map may help.
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Mountsorrel & Rothley Community Heritage Centre