Rutland Railway Museum

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Rutland Railway Museum
Rutland Railway Passenger Train 05-09-25 54.jpeg
Hawthorn Leslie Singapore hauling a passenger train
Location Cottesmore, Oakham, Rutland
Type Railway museum
For the US railway see Rutland Railway
Demonstration of a Goods Train

Rutland Railway Museum, now trading as Rocks by Rail: The Living Ironstone Museum, is a heritage railway on part of a former Midland Railway mineral branch line. It is situated north east of Oakham, in Rutland, England.


The museum offers an open air site dedicated to recreating an ironstone tramway system in its entirety from the extraction of iron ore from a 'first cut' quarry face reproduced in the quarry viewing area to the exchange sidings with the BR rail head. The site is based on a typical 1950s or early 1960s quarry system when both steam and diesel power was evident in the industry. The branch line linked to the Melton Mowbray to Oakham main line at Ashwell Station. Exchange sidings were once located at the museum serving three separate private quarry railway systems associated with the past extraction of iron ore. The museum site was known locally as Cottesmore Iron Ore Mines Sidings.

The museum aims to collect and operate industrial locomotives and mineral wagons from iron ore quarries. They also have a face shovel, a drag line excavator and dumpers as used in quarry systems. The cab of the massive dragline excavator Sundew is on display here.

The museum operates passenger rides on a 0.75 miles (1.21 km) length of track and occupies an area of nearly 9 acres (28,000 m²).


Steam locomotives[edit]

Andrew Barclay "Belvoir"
    • Hawthorn Leslie 0-4-0ST No. 3865 "Singapore" built in 1936. Awaiting overhaul and on display.
    • Hawthorn Leslie 0-6-0ST No. 3138 "Holwell No. 14" built in 1915. On display.
    • Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST No. 1931 built in 1927. Operational.
    • Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST No. 2088 "Sir Thomas Royden" built in 1940. Operational.
    • Andrew Barclay 0-6-0ST outside cylinder Works No. 2350 "Belvoir" built in 1954.[1] Awaiting restoration: requires a new smokebox as well as work on the rest of the engine before it can be steamed again.
    • Bagnall 0-6-0ST "Cranford" No. 2 built in 1942. Awaiting overhaul and on display. Formally based at the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway.
    • Peckett and Sons 0-4-0ST No. 8. On Display.
    • Peckett and Sons 0-4-0ST No. 1257 "Uppingham" built in 1912. Stored, planned to be exhibited in the new museum building.
    • Peckett and Sons 0-4-0ST No. 1759 "Elizabeth" built in 1928. Undergoing overhaul.
    • Avonside 0-6-0ST No. 1972 "Stamford" built in 1927. Back on site from the Bluebell Railway, no short term plans to restore.
    • Hunslet Engine Company 0-4-0ST Vigilant No. 287 built in 1882. Undergoing restoration to running order for the first time in preservation.
    • Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0ST No. 1308 "Rhos" built in 1918. Undergoing restoration.
    • Yorkshire Engine Company 0-6-0ST No. 2521. On display.

Diesel locomotives[edit]

Thomas Hill "Mr D"
Yorkshire Engine Company No. 2872


    • Yorkshire Engine Company 0-6-0DE No. 2872 built in 1962. Stored awaiting restoration but it is intended to be restored shortly.
    • Yorkshire Engine Company 0-6-0DE No. 2791 "DE5" built in 1962. On display.
    • Sentinel 0-4-0DH No. 10201 "Betty" built in 1964. Out of service.
    • Sentinel 0-4-0DH No. 10204 "Jean" built in 1965. Operational.
    • Sentinel 0-4-0DH No. 10207 "Graham" built in 1965. Under restoration; Vac fitted.
    • John Fowler & Co. 0-4-0DH No. 4220007 "Ketton No. 1" built in 1960. On display.
    • Ruston Class 165DE 0-4-0DH No. 421436 "Elizabeth" built in 1958. Out of service.
    • Thomas Hill 4wdDH No. 177 "Mr D" built in 1967. Operational.
    • Thomas Hill 4wdDH No. 8 built in 1967. On display.
    • North British Locomotive Company 0-4-0DH No. 27656 built in 1957. Stored awaiting restoration.
    • Ruston Class 48DS 4wd No. 411319 built in 1955. Operational, on long term loan to the Whitrope Group in Scotland.
    • Ruston Class LPSE 0-4-0DE No. 544997 "Eric Tonks" built in 1969. Nearing the end of restoration, which has included the fitting of a replacement engine.
    • Ruston Class 88DS 4wd No. 306092 built in 1950. On display.
    • GEC Traction Ltd 6wd No. 5578 "Ludwig Mond" built in 1980. Undergoing restoration.


The museum has a whole selection of wagons which are used for demonstrations on open days. Details are below.

  • Open Wooden Wagon rake

This rake is not currently operational and is being offered for sale to interested parties.

    • Stanton Ironworks Co. 4-plank wagon 624.
    • Stanton Ironworks Co. 5-plank wagon 818.
    • Stanton Ironworks Co. 5-plank wagon 849.
    • Stanton Ironworks Co. 5-plank wagon 860.
    • Stewarts and Lloyds 4-plank wagon 3046.
    • Stewarts and Lloyds 4-plank wagon 3153.
  • Hopper Wagon Train
The Hopper Wagon Train

This rake is available for use and can be seen in operation.

    • LMS Iron Ore Hopper Wagon M691079.
    • LMS Iron Ore Hopper Wagon M691193.
    • LMS Iron Ore Hopper Wagon M691448.
    • LMS Iron Ore Hopper Wagon M691595.
    • LMS Iron Ore Hopper Wagon M691982.
    • Appleby-Frodingham Iron Ore Hopper Wagon P210000.
    • Sheepbridge Iron and Steel Co. Hopper Wagon 8251.
    • Private Owner Steel Mineral Hopper Wagon P15675.

Industrial locomotives[edit]

from many builders including:

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Coordinates: 52°42′51″N 0°41′20″W / 52.7143°N 0.6890°W / 52.7143; -0.6890