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Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Photos and Video From November 23rd Historic Train

The historic first steam passenger train to run on the Mountsorrel Railway was a triumphant success!

The train ran to Nunckley Hill as there wasn't sufficient time to put all the pieces of the puzzle into place to allow the train to run through the Swithland Lane bridge to Bond Lane. Never the less crowds of local people turned out to see the train arrive and it really was a thrilling day for everyone!

A huge thanks must go to the volunteers who have worked for the last 6 years to restore the railway, it has been a hectic few weeks as we have pushed to get the line ready. We are very thankful to the GCR who have pulled out all the stops to get everything in place at their end as well.

There is still much to do to complete the line to open to general passengers so it is not to late to get involved. Get in touch with project leader Steve Cramp to volunteer.

Friday test train pictures.
Photo Steve Cramp


Photo John Mace
Photo John Mace

Photo Graham Wignall
Photo John Mace

Clive Hanley's website has some wonderful photos from the day. If you took photos or film please  let us know.

Youtube video and photos from Saturday.

Photo Graham Wignall

Project leader Steve Cramp is presented with a "golden spike" by Railway Vehicle Preservations in recognition of his work to restore the Mountsorrel Railway. 

Photo Graham Wignall. Note the smoke above the coach from a GCR steam train running on the main line over half a mile away. Is there anywhere else in preservation where standard gauge steam trains can be seen running on different railways over such a distance?

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Historic First Passenger Train This Saturday!!

History will be made this coming Saturday November 23rd, when the first steam hauled passenger train will run along the restored Mountsorrel Railway.

The first train is a private charter for the volunteers who have worked to restore the railway and is not open to the general public. It will be a few months yet before the line can open to general passengers.

The train will consist of five carriages from the GCR's Pullman set with LMS 'jinty' no. 47406 having the honour of hauling the historic first train.

Please come along to see
history in the making. The new Nunckley Trail foot path that runs alongside the line will be open, providing excellent photo opportunities of the train. Access to the Nunckley Trail can be found next to the bridge on Swithland Lane.

Access will be close to the green tree symbol.

Please note that GCR line side passes are not valid for the Mountsorrel Railway. No line side photography will be permitted because of the safety rules that allow the train to run. Volunteer marshals will be on hand at Nunckley Hill to show you the best locations to see the train, please follow their safety instructions.

The train is due to arrive at Nunckley Hill around 1:20pm.

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