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photoblog image Mountsorrel Heritage Centre 1/5

Mountsorrel Heritage Centre 1/5

Over recent years the Great Central Railway and the people of the village of Mountsorrel have, in conjunction with each other, rebuilt part of the old branch line to one of the old quarries at the edge of the village, which also incorporates a visitor centre and museum at Nunckley Hill station, the current end of the line.

Mountsorrel Heritage Centre 1/5

Over recent years the Great Central Railway and the people of the village of Mountsorrel have, in conjunction with each other, rebuilt part of the old branch line to one of the old quarries at the edge of the village, which also incorporates a visitor centre and museum at Nunckley Hill station, the current end of the line.

comments (11)

It all looks well cared for Brian.
Brian Walbey: It is Frank, the GCR and local peopel have spent a lot of time and money setting this up.
I love the curve of the rails as it goes under the bridge - Lovely composition, Brian!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Elizabeth, I don't think the line goes much futher after the bridge but it makes for a good effect.
This feels like an INVITATION, Brian. I love it.
Brian Walbey: It is a nice place to visit, not large but interesting in several ways, not just the railway. We went in spring and the relevant flowers were all out, we must go back at another time of the year.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 9 Jul 2018, 07:20
I remember freight in the form of stone coming from Mountsorrel. I wonder if this flow has ceased?
Brian Walbey: The flow currently is massive from the quarry, now owned by Tarmac, but now it goes via a long system of conveyors quite a distance out to the Midland Mainline where they have a large rail depot and exchange sidings. Having worked for most of my life for hanson Aggregates and being a rail fan I find it all quite interesting. A glance at this page https://www.tarmac.com/mountsorrel-quarry/
gives you an idea of the size of the current quarry, top left is the GCR viaduct across Swithland Reservoir.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 9 Jul 2018, 07:42
A very pleasing picture, Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Lisl, it is a nice place to visit for a couple of hours either side of lunch in the tearoom of course smile
I would think this is an interesting place to visit Brian
Brian Walbey: It is small but very interesting with a very good tearoom and the museum side is being extended all the time. There's a lot to read but you might find this interesting http://www.gcrailway.co.uk/the-railway/the-mountsorrel-branch/
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 9 Jul 2018, 08:22
I like the composition here Brian. That is a name to conjure with.
Brian Walbey: It is the name of the old quarry that used to be there I believe.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 9 Jul 2018, 11:31
Great composition. Everything looks well cared for. It pays to involve the locals.
Brian Walbey: The railway and the local people are very proud of what they've achieved, it makes for a really good day out.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Jul 2018, 13:47
Ah... I recall this from your "coming up in 2018" series back in January. I like your viewpoint showing the S shape of the track.
Brian Walbey: I took several but liked this one the best. There is a fairly large white notice on the right hand bridge pillar, or at least there was smile
From this perspective, Brian, the curve in the tracks looks to be rather sharp.
Brian Walbey: It is Beverly but after the bridge the line comes to a halt so it is more to give an impression of the track going on and will not be used to any great extent.
It certainly looks as though there is a bit of a gradient for the train!
Brian Walbey: After the bridge the line comes to a halt so it is more to give an impression of the track going on and will not be used to any great extent I believe.

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