Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre

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Coordinates: 52°53′5.00″N 1°8′55.00″W / 52.8847222°N 1.1486111°W / 52.8847222; -1.1486111

The Ruddington Fields site viewed from the footbridge.

The Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre is now known as the Great Central Railway - Nottingham and is based at Ruddington, Nottinghamshire, the home of the Great Central Railway (Nottingham) (GCRN). The site includes locomotive and rolling stock workshops (accessible to the public), as well as cafeteria and shops. Also on-site is a miniature railway operated by the Nottingham Society of Model and Experimental Engineers (NSMEE). The site also has a Model Railway club and building housing the Nottingham Area Bus Society. Leaving Ruddington Fields station, the railway links Ruddington with East Leake and Loughborough. The Ruddington-Loughborough railway comprises 10 miles (16 km).

Road transport collection[edit]

The Road transport collection is now managed by the Nottingham Area Bus Society.

Operational vehicles
Vehicles undergoing overhaul, restoration or light work
  • Routemaster RCL London Transport CUV 218C built in 1965. (Notable for being the first RCL Routemaster to be built)
  • Leyland PD1 ex Leicester and Barton DJF 349 built in 1947. (Undergoing restoration)
  • Leyland Royal Tiger/Duple Roadmaster South Notts MAL 310 built in 1951. (Undergoing restoration)
Stored vehicles

Rail transport collection[edit]

Miniature railway[edit]

Two locomotives pulling passenger trains on the miniature railway.

The centre is home to a miniature railway, run by the Nottingham Society of Model and Experimental Engineers,[1] which works on the operating days. The line is one mile (1.6 km) long and has two running lines, both going through different tunnels. They usually have a miniature railway gala and a miniature traction engine rally during the year.

Model railway[edit]

The centre also has three model railway layouts in a portacabin next to the miniature railway. There are two OO gauge layouts; the first is a Thomas the Tank Engine layout and the second is a model of the old Ruddington Station. The third feature, an O gauge layout is a model of a station with a goods and locomotive shed with a Church, woodworking centre and a factory. There is usually a model railway gala each year.

Visitor centre[edit]

The visitor centre now has full audio visual capabilities and shows various films throughout the day. It contains displays about the centre's railway locomotives and vehicles in the road transport collection, the history of freight trains, locomotives and historic bus operators in Nottingham. There are plans to shortly put up displays on the centre's previous life as the Ruddington MOD Depot.

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External links[edit]

Preceding station Heritage Railways  Proposed Heritage railways Following station
Rushcliffe Halt   Great Central Heritage Railway   Ruddington