Rutland Railway Museum

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Rocks by Rail: The Living Ironstone Museum
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Andrew Barclay "Sir Thomas Royden" with a train of mineral wagons.
LocationCottesmore, Oakham, Rutland
TypeRailway museum
Websitehttp://www.rutlandrailwaymuseum.org.uk/
Hawthorn Leslie "Singapore" hauling a train of mineral wagons.

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.

Overview[edit]

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). Passenger rides are provided in restored brake vans, formerly used in freight trains.

Locomotives[edit]

Steam locomotives[edit]

Andrew Barclay "Belvoir"
    • Hawthorn Leslie 0-4-0ST works No. 3865 "Singapore" built in 1936. Awaiting overhaul and on display. Ex HM Dockyards Chatham, Singapore, Chatham & Duxford.
    • Hawthorn Leslie 0-6-0ST works No. 3138 "Holwell No. 14" built in 1915. Dismantled, awaiting restoration. Ex Goodman Bros, Wolverton & D Buck nr Windsor.
    • Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST works No. 1931 built in 1927. Operational. Ex BSC, Wissington, Norfolk.
    • Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST works No. 2088 "Sir Thomas Royden" built in 1940. Operational following the completion of an overhaul in 2011. Ex CEGB, Stourport
    • 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. Ex Stewarts & Lloyds, Woolsthorpe, Lincs.
    • Bagnall 0-6-0ST outside cylinder works No. 2668 "Cranford" No. 2 built in 1942. Awaiting overhaul and on display. Formally based at the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway. Ex Staveley Minerals, Cranford, Northants, Carnforth & Penkridge.
    • Peckett and Sons 0-4-0ST works No. 1257 "Uppingham" built in 1912. On display awaiting restoration. Ex Tarmac Roadstone, Wirksworth, Derbyshire.
    • Peckett and Sons 0-4-0ST works No. 1759 "Elizabeth" built in 1928. Undergoing overhaul. Ex Redland Roadstone, Mountsorrel, Leics.
    • Avonside 0-6-0ST works No. 1972 "Stamford" built in 1927. Back on site from the Bluebell Railway, no short term plans to restore. Ex Stewarts & Lloyds, Pilton, Rutland & Sheffield Park.
    • Hunslet Engine Company 0-4-0ST works No. 287 "Vigilant" built in 1882. Dismantled, awaiting restoration. Ex Corby Iron Ore Co.
    • Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0ST No. 1308 "Rhos" built in 1918. Undergoing restoration. Ex S & L Harlaxton, Wells-next-Sea & Cottesmore.
    • Yorkshire Engine Company 0-6-0ST No. 2521 built in 1952. On display. Ex NCB Clipstone, Notts & National Mining Museum Caphouse Colliery.

Diesel locomotives[edit]

Sentinel "Jean" with a hopper wagon train.
Thomas Hill "Mr D".
    • Yorkshire Engine Company 0-6-0DE works No. 2791 "DE5" built in 1962. On display. Ex Exton Park Ironstone Quarries, Rutland & BSC, Scunthorpe.
    • Rolls Royce Ltd 0-4-0DH works No. 10201 "Betty" built in 1964. Operational. Ex Oxfordshire Ironstone, Banbury, Derwenthaugh Coking Plant & Stewarts & Lloyds, Harlaxton, Lincs.
    • Rolls Royce Ltd 0-4-0DH works No. 10204 "Jean" built in 1965. Operational. Ex Bibby Construction, London Carriers & ELR, Bury.
    • Rolls Royce Ltd 0-4-0DH works No. 10207 "Graham" built in 1965. Undergoing restoration; Vac fitted. Ex Oxfordshire Ironstone Co. & Stanton and Staveley Ilkeston, Derbyshire
    • John Fowler & Co. 0-4-0DH works No. 4220007 "Ketton No. 1" built in 1960. Undergoing restoration. Plated Registered 2990/1960 Transport Commission. Ex Ketton Cement Works.
    • Ruston Class 165DE 0-4-0DH works No. 421436 "Elizabeth" built in 1958. On display. Ex Rugby Cement, Barrington.
    • Thomas Hill 4wDH works no. 186V "Mr D" built in 1967. Operational. Ex Rugby Cement, Barrington.
    • Thomas Hill 4wDH works no. 178V No. 8 built in 1967. On display. Ex Rugby Cement, Barrington.
    • Ruston Class 48DS 4wD works No. 411319 built in 1955. Operational, on long term loan to the Whitrope Group in Scotland. Ex WD 813 & AD 110. Ex Museum of Army Transport.
    • Ruston Class LPSE 0-4-0DE works No. 544997 "Eric Tonks" built in 1969. Operational. Ex Hays Chemicals, Sandbach, Cheshire.
    • Ruston Class 88DS 4wDM works No. 306092 built in 1950. On display. Ex British Electricity Authority Bidder Street Power station, Canning Town, London.
    • GEC Traction Ltd 6wDE works No. 5578 "Ludwig Mond" built in 1980. Undergoing restoration. Ex Rugby Cement, Barrington.

Wagons[edit]

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

The Ruston Bucyrus 22RB face shovel does some quarry demonstrations with the Iron Ore Tippler rake.
  • Brake Vans

The brake vans are used both in the passenger and goods trains.

    • LMS 12ft Goods Brake Van M286341. Built in 1926.
    • LMS 16ft Goods Brake Van 731874. Built in 1944.
    • GWR 16ft Toad Brake Van 56769. Built in 1920.
    • WD 16ft Brake Van 49006. Built in 1941.
    • BR Shark Ballast Plough Brake Van DB993734. Built in 1953.
  • Iron Ore Tippler rake

Some wagons in this rake are available for use and can be seen in operation.

    • Stewarts and Lloyds Iron Ore Tippler Wagon 25197. Built in 1940.
    • BR Iron Ore Tippler Wagon B383560. Built in 1954.
    • BR Iron Ore Tippler Wagon B384428. Built in 1955.
    • BR Iron Ore Tippler Wagon B384768. Built in 1955.
    • BR Iron Ore Tippler Wagon B385005. Built in 1955.
    • BR Iron Ore Tippler Wagon B385997. Built in 1958.
    • BR Iron Ore Tippler Wagon B387245. Built in 1960.
    • BR Iron Ore Tippler Wagon B387643. Built in 1960.
    • BR Iron Ore Tippler Wagon B388815. Built in 1961.
  • 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 rake
The Hopper Wagon Train.

Some wagons in this rake are available for use and can be seen in operation.

    • LMS Iron Ore Hopper Wagon M690379. Built in 1935.
    • LMS Iron Ore Hopper Wagon M691079. Built in 1938.
    • LMS Iron Ore Hopper Wagon M691193. Built in 1938.
    • LMS Iron Ore Hopper Wagon M691404. Built in 1938.
    • LMS Iron Ore Hopper Wagon M691535. Built in 1938.
    • LMS Iron Ore Hopper Wagon M691576. Built in 1938.
    • LMS Iron Ore Hopper Wagon M691793. Built in 1939.
    • LMS Iron Ore Hopper Wagon M691804. Built in 1936.
    • BR Iron Ore Hopper Wagon B436275. Built in 1950.
    • Appleby-Frodingham Iron Ore Hopper Wagon P210000. Built by Central Wagon, 1938.
    • Sheepbridge Iron and Steel Co. Hopper Wagon 101011. Built by Charles Roberts, 1926.
    • Private Owner Steel Mineral Hopper Wagon P15675. Built 1915 for Liverpool Corporation Electricity Supply by Cammell Laird, Nottingham. Ex British Sugar.
    • Richard Thomas CO. Steel Hopper Wagon P64965. Built in 1910.

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