Revamped museum Rocks by Rail in Cottesmore opens

Volunteers, Trevor Townson, left, and Eric Bussingham with Singapore, one of the locomotives on display
Volunteers, Trevor Townson, left, and Eric Bussingham with Singapore, one of the locomotives on display
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AN authentic taste of what iron quarrying was like during the Industrial Revolution has been opened to the public.

Rocks by Rail in Cottesmore which is the former Rutland Railway Museum relaunched at the weekend under its new name and new purpose.

Over the last year a team of volunteers has been hard at work revamping the museum, compiling photos and digging out old stories of the iron mining days in Rutland.

Iron mining in the county dates back to the Roman times but the museum concentrates on the role of the railways, the Oakham canal and the people from the county who kept the industry alive from the Victorian era until its decline in the 1970s.

Part of the Oakham canal which runs through the museum has been reopened with the help of the Melton and Rutland Waterways Society.

Secretary Simon Layfield said: “We have collected as many exhibits as possible from people all over the area but especially from Market Overton, Exton and Pilton.

“We are trying to demonstrate those exhibits in an authentic setting and doing the jobs they were designed to do.”