Swithland Signalling Upgrade

In order to run trains between the Mountsorrel Branch and the main GCR line we need to upgrade the signalling at Swithland. The cost of the hardware is around £75,000, whilst installation will be carried out by volunteers. We have a Crowdfunding appeal to raise at least £10,000 of this total. Continue reading Swithland Signalling Upgrade

Train Running Weekend: 25th and 26th March

We are pleased to announce that the GCR will again be running their DMU on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th March. Tickets are only available on-line or cash-only on the day. Continue reading Train Running Weekend: 25th and 26th March

Volunteering Opportunities: March 2017

Over the next few months we will be progressively opening further areas of the site. To help us run the attractions we need volunteers, such as guides to open and close the buildings and to answer questions, people to give demonstrations, and also volunteers to help with shunting demonstrations. Continue reading Volunteering Opportunities: March 2017

Commemorative Posters Available

Our commemorative Limited Edition Posters are now available! To mark the first weekend of passenger trains stopping at the new Heritage Centre and Nunckley Hill station we have produced a limited edition run of just 30 copies of the two posters shown above. Each is individually numbered and is signed… Continue reading Commemorative Posters Available

Granites: Open Daily 10am to 5pm

We offer a wide range of hot and cold drinks, a selection of cakes and treats to suit all pockets, light meals and even speciality ice creams.

Mountsorrel and Rothley Community Heritage Centre and Granite’s Coffee Shop

Picture of signpostIn 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 are working towards creating an historic quarry demonstration area, with Stonemasons’ Huts, narrow gauge railway, and a small railway museum featuring rolling stock that worked this railway.  Our aim is to open this area to the public around March 2017, followed by the second nature trail and den building area in time for Easter, and the garden railway ready for the summer holidays.

You can follow the build progress each month on our build time-lapse page.

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.

If you have difficulty finding the page you are looking for then our Site Map may help.

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