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 100,000 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 2017 is equally ambitious. The Heritage Centre, which chronicles the rich and varied history of Mountsorrel and Rothley, and our nature trail opened on the 25th April 2016. Three nearby historic buildings were dismantled, moved, and, together with a new building, form the basis of the Heritage Centre, providing Heritage Rooms, Granite’s coffee shop, and quiet room.
We have now opened the quarry demonstration area, with Stonemasons’ Huts, narrow gauge railway, and a small railway museum featuring rolling stock that worked this railway. We have also opened our “Spinney Trail” with den building area, and the “Waffle Shack”, a refreshment kiosk selling hot and cold drinks, ice creams, and, in the near future Belgium Waffles. The inaugural running of our garden railway will take place this coming spring bank holiday weekend.
We do not currently accept school, nursery or similar group visits as the site does not currently have the infrastructure needed to support school visits. Our volunteers are working to fully develop the educational possibilities that the heritage centre site is able to offer and we hope to be able to start taking bookings later in 2017. Further details will appear on our website as things progress.
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.
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