The principal objective of Rocks by Rail is to deliver a local industrial heritage project for the benefit of the community, academic and educational study and the general public.
The project celebrates, conserves and enhances the UK’s industrial heritage by contributing to the character and overall heritage value of the area by highlighting the heritage aspects of
1) local ironstone quarrying and their associated quarry railways, which have been part of the East Midlands area for over 100 years.
2) quarry extraction, industrial installations for cement manufacture and their associated industrial railways, which have been part of the East of England for over 100 years.
The Museum’s collection represents a particular specialism in the field of industrial heritage preservation and represents the only comprehensive collection of standard gauge railway rolling stock associated with local quarry railways in the UK.
The project provides opportunities for people to volunteer in conserving, learning old skills, presenting and celebrating their local industrial heritage both to the region’s residents and visitors from further a-field.