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The Mountsorrel Railway is part of the Mountsorrel and Rothley Community Heritage Centre. This website is no longer updated. For updates see: http://heritage-centre.co.uk/

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Mountsorrel Station Build Progresses



Contractors and community volunteers continue to work side by side to create Mountsorrel Station.

Costock Building Services have completed the platform block work. A 58m long platform, including ramps at either end, has been created. The platform has been designed for a train consisting of two coaches and a steam loco or a two coach diesel rail car.


The contractor is currently laying the platform surface. Volunteers will then erect a traditional picket fence at the rear of the platform and the station name board.

Volunteers have undertaken extensive work to improve the drainage in the cutting side above the new platform. The location of a new platform in the base of the cutting has made the build quite complex. New gulleys have been dug by hand and original field drains have been repaired and improved. Thanks as well to Nigel Copson of Lafarge Tarmac who has helped with the drainage and other work.




Contractors Steve Barsby Digger Services and J. Taylor Landscapes have worked with our volunteers to create the disability friendly access path to connect the new platform to the car park.  Work on the access path is very nearly complete with only the final connection to the platform still to be built.


   
Volunteers have erected the timber fencing for the car park.



The car park itself is very nearly finished. Stone foundations were laid which were then covered by a plastic mesh that is then filled with soil. Grass seed will be spread to grow a green natural surface that is very durable, strong and hard wearing.



Volunteers are starting to work on the landscaping of the site. The first task is to tidy the cutting sides to create the final profile, which has involved a lot of work with spades and barrows! Volunteers will then be planting trees, hedgerows and seeding the banks with a wildflower meadow mix, which should hopefully ensure plenty of colour by the opening next year!


 
As well as a big thank you to the contractors and community volunteers who have at times been working on the site 7 days a week, we are very grateful to Lafarge Tarmac who have provided most of the funding and some of the materials for the station build, the Edith Murphy Foundation and Leicestershire County Council who provided the match funding.

2 comments:

Piers Lindley said...

Wonderful developments, well done to all your volunteers and the professionals and contractors helping you. Just a quick question. With the platform down in the old track bed will there still be enough room for a run around loop, or will trains have engines at both ends?

George Overton said...

Thanks Piers. There will be no loop at Mountsorrel, there isn't room in the base of the cutting. Trains will operate push pull using the same method as currently operated on the GCR northern section to Ruddington and at other heritage railways. The brake coach has the corridor connection end cover replaced by a similar panel with a window allowing the guard to see out. The guard then communicates with the loco crew via the use of a air horn and has control of the emergency brake should an obstacle on the line become apparent.

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