Mick George Ltd to fund new centre at Rocks by Rail in Cottesmore

The site of the new exhibition centre at Rocks by Rail in Cottesmore. EMN-140923-133957001

The site of the new exhibition centre at Rocks by Rail in Cottesmore. EMN-140923-133957001

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People will be able to see the hard work that goes into restoring historic locomotives thanks to a company’s generous grant.

Mick George Ltd has made a significant grant to the Rocks by Rail museum in Cottesmore to build a new exhibition centre.

The dedicated building will go on the site of the of the current locomotive yard and will provide a space for visitors to see the restoration work that takes place there.

The company’s managing director Mick George said: “We are very pleased to be able to support this unique project through the community fund which seeks to preserve and conserve the heritage behind past mineral extraction sites.

“Three of the company’s existing minerals and waste management sites near South Witham, Rushton and Thornhaugh share direct historical links to the past opencast mining of limestone and iron ore where industrial railways played a key role as part of the transport system to the distant steelworks.

“This is very much a part of our rich industrial heritage which must be safeguarded for the future, where memories can be recalled and where the younger generation can learn about the role of past quarrying in providing for the needs of the economy, the machines then used, earlier land restoration techniques and the social history often associated with such sites lying in rural communities.”

A planning application for the new building will be submitted and museum owners hope work will begin before Christmas.