Christmas Closing Dates

Granites animated banner

We will then be closed from Saturday December 23rd to Sunday December 31st, opening again at 10:00am on New Years day January 1st 2018. Continue reading Christmas Closing Dates

Christmas gifts suggestions

Items for sale at Granites

As if you need reminding Christmas is only a few weeks away! Have you thought about starting your Christmas shopping yet?

If you are looking for something a little different for that special friend or loved one, then you might find it at the heritage centre. Continue reading Christmas gifts suggestions

MS & LR No. 946 arrives at Mountsorrel

GCR 946 arrives at MARCH

We have taken delivery of a very special railway coach, MS&LR No. 946. Built by the Manchester Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway in 1888, before becoming the Great Central Railway in 1897, it has taken 16 years to restore from derelict condition and now looks amazing. Some of you may have… Continue reading MS & LR No. 946 arrives at Mountsorrel

Through Trains Video

Granite Wagons

An excellent day with lots of passengers on the trains, our first day of shunting demonstrations and a steady stream of youngsters trying their hand at driving our miniature trains. A quick thank you to all the volunteers for marshalling the site running the attractions.

Swithland Signalling Upgrade – BREAKING NEWS

DMU at Nunckley

Before the Great Central Railway can run services on and off the Mountsorrel branch the signalling, at the branch junction, requires upgrading. Our campaign to raise the estimated £75,000 started in March 2017. Thanks to the our many supporters the target of £75,000 has now been achieved and the project… Continue reading Swithland Signalling Upgrade – BREAKING NEWS

Through Trains to Mountsorrel: 22/23rd July 2017

DMU at Nunckley

The award winning Leicestershire heritage line is well known for transporting thousands of families between Loughborough, Quorn and Woodhouse, Rothley and Leicester North stations. Now, for the first time, it can say ‘all change for Mountsorrel’. Continue reading Through Trains to Mountsorrel: 22/23rd July 2017

Bluebells on the Nature Trails

Spinney Trail bluebell panorama

If you are visiting the Heritage centre in the next few weeks, be sure to allow time to visit our nature trails. You will find drifts of English Bluebells scattered around the Nunckley Trail, however the Spinney Trail is currently brimming with blue! In particular the bank to the North… Continue reading Bluebells on the Nature Trails

“Doris” storms the Nunckley Trail

Woodpecker Tree

Storm Doris certainly took her toll on the trail. The Woodpecker tree at the start of the trail was hit badly and two trees came down near the picnic area. We took the opportunity to cut the fallen section of the Woodpecker tree just above the entrance hole to the nest allowing visitors to get an idea of how much the woodpeckers excavate within the tree. Continue reading “Doris” storms the Nunckley Trail

Prince of Wales Video and Photos

Prince of Wales visit

Sorry it took so long to work though all the photos and video. Rather than post dozens (hundreds?) of photos we have put together a video of the day. We hope you like it. Continue reading Prince of Wales Video and Photos

Railway relics find a new home

Ruston and Hornsby 48DE diesel

Two historic railway items now have a new home. A former Bardon Hill quarry diesel locomotive and a yellow mineral wagon, both of which are part of the Leicestershire County Council collection and were formerly based at Snibston Discovery Museum will be used for demonstrations in and around Nunckley Hill quarry. Continue reading Railway relics find a new home