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photoblog image Mountsorrel Heritage Centre 4/5

Mountsorrel Heritage Centre 4/5

The Mountsorrel Granite Company once had over 750 “plank wagons” operating at various times on the line. Sadly none of the originals survive, but the volunteers were able to track down three similar wagons which in themselves are 70-80 years old. They have been restored and repainted in the livery of the Mountsorrel Granite Company, creating three replicas which will help recreate Mountsorrel’s industrial railway history.

Mountsorrel Heritage Centre 4/5

The Mountsorrel Granite Company once had over 750 “plank wagons” operating at various times on the line. Sadly none of the originals survive, but the volunteers were able to track down three similar wagons which in themselves are 70-80 years old. They have been restored and repainted in the livery of the Mountsorrel Granite Company, creating three replicas which will help recreate Mountsorrel’s industrial railway history.

comments (7)

They look very smart Brian. The restorers did a good job.
Brian Walbey: I was very impressed with them, I have since seen them in use on the main railway during a gala.
I'm pleased they've done this!
Brian Walbey: Re constructing history, which is partly what this place is about.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 12 Jul 2018, 06:47
Good for them!
Brian Walbey: Re constructing history, which is partly what this place is about. On the weekend of the 21st./22nd.July they are running trains back and forth along this branch, it is about 1.5 miles long.
They are convincingly done Brian
Brian Walbey: I was very impressed with them, I have since seen them in use on the main railway during a gala.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 12 Jul 2018, 08:24
A blast from the past Brian.
Brian Walbey: Re constructing history, which is partly what this place is about.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 12 Jul 2018, 21:36
I can well understand why such wagons did not survive; at the time, preservation was not considered important. Its good that these replicas have been created, though.
Brian Walbey: They have made a good job of these rebuilds, I saw them in use at a gala earlier this year.
Brilliant!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tom.

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