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Friday, 19 December 2008

Trackbed preparation and ecology group begin

Trackbed view looking towards the junction with the GCR

Steve Barsby, a local digger contractor, has been on site preparing the trackbed near to the GCR junction in readiness for ballast laying to commence early next year.

The first 150m of the trackbed have been scraped back to reveal the original ballast bed; holes and soft areas have been stabilised where necessary. Contractors will return (for free!) in January to extend this work half way along the trackbed towards Bond Lane. This will form the first phase of ballast laying and will give us a length of almost 1km to lay track over.

A local supporter from Seagrave has also offered to create the wildlife habitats for us. These will be created at various intervals along the side the trackbed and are aimed at increasing the biodiversity of the wildlife along the railway corridor. This is the first of many initiatives devised by our parallel ecology group.

Work has also started on a OO gauge scale model of the Bond Lane halt we hope to build. When finished this static portable model will help us to illustrate how the halt will fit into it's surroundings. This will be a great promotional tool for the project which we can take to galas, events and shows to publicise the project.

If you would like to become involved, or to support the Mountsorrel Railway, please contact the relevant volunteers listed below:

Railway restoration and history - Steve Cramp
Ecology group - Amanda Bolton
To donate - George Overton

We would like to thank you for reading our website and supporting the project. We wish all our supporters a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

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