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Work on relaying the main passenger line at Rutland's Living Ironstone Museum near Cottesmore




Work is progressing rapidly on the relaying of the main passenger line at Rutland’s Living Ironstone Museum near Cottesmore.

At the end of the 2019 season, the decision was made to relay most of the main line.

Signs of subsidence had been detected, and, due to the original work being done on a very tight budget, short term maintenance would not have been cost effective.

Rocks by Rail
Rocks by Rail

The very generous assistance of more than 200 tonnes of ballast from a local quarry company meant that for the first time, a good track base could be
provided.

The existing track was lifted over two weekends, and excavation of the track bed was completed before Christmas.

Wet weather caused some problems, and a new drainage channel is being laid to address the issue. One of our members bought himself a very timely Christmas present of a veteran JCB, which has been usefully employed on the work.

Our volunteer workforce has been toiling doggedly at the task, and as of last week, two track panels had been reinstated, but we still need to relay a further 200 yards.

The work is scheduled to be completed by the end of March, in time for testing, before we open to the public on April5 for the first of our ‘Driver for a Fiver’ events.

If you are already a member, and would like to get involved, please contact Andy Salmon on 07970 620 893 or by e-mail andysam@stayfree.co.uk

If you would like to volunteer on this, or any other task at the museum, please contact membershipsecretary@rocks-by-rail.org for further details.

General enquiries should be made to: curator@rocks-by-rail.org

Rocks by Rail is an entirely volunteer run charity dedicated to the preservation of vehicles, infrastructure, artefacts and archives connected with ironstone quarrying and transport in the East Midlands.

The open days due to run in2020 are:

l Sunday, April 5: Diesel Driver for a Fiver

l Easter Sunday, April 12:Easter Bunny Hunt and Take a trip on The Rutlander train

l East Monday, April 13: Take a trip on The Rutlander train and Ironstone Quarry Railway Day and exhibition marking the 40th Anniversary of the closure of Corby Ironstone Quarries , Northants

l Sunday, May 3:Take a trip on The Rutlander train and Ironstone Quarry Railway Day

lSunday, May 10: Diesel Driver for a Fiver

lSunday, May 17: Take a trip on The Rutlander train

l Whitsun Bank Holiday Sunday, May 24: Take a trip on The Rutlander train

l Whitsun Bank Holiday Monday, May 25:Take a trip on the Rutlander train and Ironstone Quarry Railway Day marking the 40th anniversary of the closure of Glendon Ironstone Quarry, Northants

lSunday, June 7:Diesel Driver for a Fiver

l Sunday, June 21: Father’s Day - Take a trip on The Rutlander train and diesel Driver for a Fiver (12.30 – 2pm)

l Sunday, July 5:Diesel Driver for a Fiver

l Sunday, July 19:Take a trip on The Rutlander train

l Sunday, August 2:Diesel Driver for a Fiver

l Sunday, August 16: Take a trip on The Rutlander train

l August Bank Holiday Sunday, August 30:Take a trip on The Rutlander train

l August Bank Holiday Monday August 31: Take a trip on the Rutlander train and Ironstone Quarry Railway Day and exhibition to mark 75th anniversary of liberation of Far Eastern Prisoners of War

l Sunday, September 6: Diesel Driver for a Fiver

l Sunday September 20: Take a trip on The Rutlander train and Oxfordshire Ironstone Quarry Railway Day

l Sunday, October 4: Diesel Driver for a Fiver

l Sunday October 18: - Museum Gala Open Day –including exhibitions to mark the 50th anniversary of the closure of Nassington Ironstone Quarry and 40 years of the museum.

Are you planning to visit the museum during 2020? Send your photos to: rutlandtimes@iliffepublishing.co.uk


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