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Green 0-4-0st at Rocks for Rail in 2012

"Rocks by Rail" was the "Rutland Railway Museum" which is near to the village of Cotteresmore which is not far from Rutland Water. The railway museum is about 4 miles from Oakham on a quite B road to Cottersmore. Without signs to it you could pass it by without knowing it was there. The site is set back from the road

The Rutland Railway Museum had a very large collection of around 40 industrial steam and diesel engines and many wagons based on the ironstone industry that once were all round this part of Rutland. Any one who has never been will be surprised just how many locomotives and wagons they had and still have. There are not many other sites in UK with so many open wagons.

Many locomotives and wagons were bought when the steel works at Corby, which is were the iron ore mined here around this site went, were closing down and some other steel works around the UK. The 0-6-0STs and 0-4-0STs diesel engines and wagons were all lined up along the site. The small band of people who owned them found the cost and time needed to restore all these locomotives and wagons was beyond them and was often many times more than the locomotive cost in the first place. This small society could keep one or two locomotives going but not 50. Even the big railway societys can only do up two or locomotives a year even with full time paid staff.

0-4-0ST Sir Thomas Royden went from here to The Ketton Cement works Openday in June 2015 and gave brakevan ride around the works


The old platform at the Rutland Railway Museum

When I last went to what was the the Rutland Railway Musuem many of the wagons and locomotives lined up along the site were being taken over with trees and weeds and rust . Open days with steam were later stopped, and a plan was needed to save this railway.

When I went this year (2012) you could see what the plan was. A new platform has been built the old one was built with scaffolding poles. (see photo above) That old platform was temporary for about 20+ years! Most of the track is being relayed or has been relayed and new ballast added. New fences have been put up and paths made safe or relayed.  Some one has been very busy. Nice to see it looking better. Top marks to all those who helped turn it round.


       Full details about Rocks for Rail are at there web site :-      


 Below is my video I took of the open day on 16th September 2012 at 'Rocks for Rail'    about 15mins long                          



You can also view this video in the full screen. Use the button on right of the video. To return from full screen press the same button.

This video can be in seen in 720 HDfor those of you who have a fast connection. For those of you who have a faster connection the 1080 HD setting can also be used, but this all but a pipe dream for most of us. Hopefully we shall all soon have a very fast connection!

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This website is on railways but it is not just on trains but all things railways, with photos, which I have taken from the 1970s till now. I take photos of all things railways, steam diesel and electric trains, signal boxes, wagons any thing that is on the National Rail network, which was BR when I started taken photos.

This page is on the Rocks by Rail

Today EWS, East Coast, Central trains and EWS are just some of the names on the trains. The name on the train does not mean, thats whos train it is these days. These names keep changing, but that means I have to keep taking photos. I also take photos of preserved railways with steam diesel and electric trains.There is lots more to add and I keep taking More!