Route of the Narrow Gauge Railway

Here at “MARCH” we are constantly looking at ways of improving the Heritage Centre, Nature Trail and Railway. Our volunteers work tirelessly to maintain, improve and extend the site. We have achieved so much that on January 25th, 2017 HRH The Prince of Wales chose to visit and acknowledge the amazing work of our volunteers.

Narrow Gauge Railway Extension Appeal

First of all, a massive thank you to everyone who contributed over £50,000 to our Railway Museum extension fund! As a result, the building extension has now been erected and work is taking place to develop the exhibit presentations within the building.

Narrow Gauge Railway extension

Our latest project is to extend our narrow gauge railway line around the back of the Railway Museum and to create a continuous track loop in the base of the old quarry. This will allow for running demonstrations of our two resident narrow gauge locomotives and wagons. We hope this will also allow us to attract visiting narrow gauge working steam locomotives!

To give visitors access to the new narrow gauge railway line we are constructing a new path around the bottom of the quarry. The path will run alongside the narrow gauge railway and be fenced off from the railway line, allowing trains to run safely. The new path will give much improved access to the geology of the rock faces in the bottom of the old quarry. The path will continue to a new foot crossing over the standard gauge railway siding track near to the water crane. This means that visitors will be able to walk the route from the Stone Masons’ huts to the Quarry Heritage Building, Railway Museum, narrow gauge railway extension, to the Nunckley Station platform and back to the huts without having to back track at the Railway Museum as is currently the case.

Opening up the bottom of the old quarry creates a multitude of other visitor possibilities. As part of our historic quarry recreation the volunteers are going to create a timber rock loading crane, similar to the ones that would have been used at Mountsorrel in the Victorian era. The crane will allow visitors to hoist artificial rocks into the railway wagons as quarry workers would have done at Mountsorrel 150 years ago.

Our aim over time is to create additional areas of interest as future projects.

The total project funding requirement is £5,200.

Volunteers will undertake all of the work for this project themselves, requiring help with donations towards the £5,200 materials cost for the project.

The Heritage Centre has repeatedly proven its ability to deliver projects to budget and on time and
thereby gained both local and national recognition. We are hoping that Heritage Centre visitors will
continue to show their appreciation for what we are creating here. We are now asking for your help in
raising just £5,200.

We very much hope you will be able to support our appeal by making a donation. If you require any further information or have any queries about what is envisaged, then please do not hesitate to ask.

If you wish to assist, then the following options are available:

  • Smaller donations by cash can be made in our donation boxes, either on the counter in Granite’s or at the top of the path near the patio that leads to the interest areas of the site.
  • Larger donations can be made by cheque, made out to “MARCH” (Mountsorrel And Rothley Community Heritage Centre), and sent to the Mountsorrel and Rothley Community Heritage Centre, 240 Swithland Lane, Rothley Leicester LE7 7UE.
  • If you would like to GiftAid your donation then we have a Donation Form which includes a Gift Aid Declaration for you to complete. Please send cheques made payable to “DCRT” (The David Clarke Railway Trust) to 240 Swithland Lane, Rothley, Leicestershire. LE7 7UE (Please write ‘Museum Building Extension’ on the reverse of cheques).
  • Donations via internet transfer are also welcome. If you would like to donate in this way, please email Malcolm Law at and he will explain what to do.

Thank you very much for your support!