24th October 2023 – CLEARING OVERGROWTH IN THE QUARRY.
Over the last few years the quarry track has become overgrown and dark.Our volunteers have made a start on cutting back the overgrown areas to provide our visitors with a better view of what’s going on.
Spindly bushes and bramble are being removed but stronger trees, especially those that provide berries for wildlife in the winter, are being kept.
REMEMBRANCE SERVICE FOR FAR EAST PRISONERS OF WAR
October 17th 2023 was the 80th anniversary of the completion of the “Death Railway”. Rocks by Rail Museum held a commemorative event to remember all allied prisoners of war who worked, suffered and died on this railway.
DID YOU KNOW? THERE ARE 40 PAGES OF ROCKS BY RAIL HISTORY ON FACEBOOK.
The first part is on our website. At the bottom of the page you’ll find an index for the 40 items on Facebook.
OUR LAST OPEN DAY OF 2023 (don’t worry, we’ll be back in 2024).
A cold but clear sky start to the day and an early 6am start for our volunteers cleaning, firing and shunting wagons into position ready for visitors to enjoy.
Our steam hauled brake van rides were again in action hauled by Andrew Barclay steam locomotive 1931.
Two volunteers have been working hard this year on the conservation of the sole surviving diesel locomotive from the Exton Park ironstone quarry, a Janus class diesel locomotive DE5. It has been cleaned down and repainted in its original United Steel Co. colours. The picture shows the extent of their labours to date.
The Ruston and Hornsby 48DS (Imp) built in 1941 has also been worked on by its owners and was on static display outside the exhibition centre.
Behind Imp is the recently repainted tools van in Ruston Bucyrus livery.
Quarry RB22 diggers showed off their paces simulating loading of trains in the mock ironstone quarry. Diesel locomotives also demonstrated shunting in the quarry sidings..
The Open Day was also an opportunity to view the Museum’s display marking the 50th anniversary of the closure of Rutland’s largest and last ironstone quarry at Exton Park.