Historic train donated to Rocks by Rail museum

Quarry train is donated to museum Rocks by Rail
Quarry train is donated to museum Rocks by Rail
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A newly reopened museum has secured the future of several historic quarry railway items.

Visitors to Rocks by Rail in Cottesmore will be treated to a display including the last remaining quarry train of the CEMEX Barrington Cement Works in Cambridgeshire.

CEMEX, which closed the works in 2008, decided to donate the locomotive and two remaining wagons to the museum because of the work it does in preserving such items of the area’s industrial heritage.

Staff at the former Rutland Railway Museum hope the items will be delivered in time to be on show at the public open day on Sunday next week.

Rocks by Rail secretary Simon Layfield is looking forward to getting the display up and running.

He said: “Through this generous act CEMEX have safeguarded the future of historic quarry railway items which they were instrumental in saving. We are very grateful for their support both now and in the past.

“Once the items arrive at the museum they will supplement the other rolling stock that we have already received from the Barrington Quarry Railway.

“The arrival of the wagons will enable us to form a genuine quarry train consisting of a loco and four wagons which can be operate in our mock quarry very much in the same way as they used to work at Barrington.”

In addition to the donation of the rolling stock, the Rugby Group Benevolent Fund, a charity with close links to CEMEX, has donated £5,000 to cover the cost of transporting the engine and wagons to their new home and creating supporting information for display at the museum.

CEMEX’s community affairs manager Ian Southcott is pleased the historic items will be preserved at the museum.

He said: “We are delighted that these important aspects of the industrial heritage of the Barrington Cement Works will not only be preserved but will actually be seen in action at the Rocks by Rail museum.”

Rocks by Rail, a registered charity museum, held a relaunch day last month.

More than 1,500 visitors attended the free Blast Off event at the site of the former ironstone quarry which covers 19 acres.

The museum’s next open day is on Sunday next week but it is also open every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. For more information visit www.rocks-by-rail.org