Rocks by Rail: The Living Ironstone Museum
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The museum has a large collection of historic railway vehicles, many of them driven by steam. Included in the collection are coaches, vans, wagons, and locomotives (both steam and diesel driven).
There are also a large number of artefacts connected with railways in the Rutland area. Most of the collection is displayed in the open air. There is a 3/4 mile demonstration line, and a section of the old Oakham Canal to see. See engines being repaired in the restoration shed, and see a rebuilt engine shed from the old quarry at Woolsthorpe.
The museum site was originally used as a loading station for local ironstone, which was brought to the site in lorries and tipped into the railway wagons from a specially constructed tipping dock, which is still standing.
The museum is open most weekends. Admission is free as of this writing but donations are requested. There is a visitor centre with a souvenir shop.
About Rocks by Rail: The Living Ironstone Museum
Address: Ashwell Road, Cottesmore, Rutland, England, LE15 7FF
Attraction Type: Family Attraction
Location: On the minor road west of Cottesmore village in the direction of Ashwell
Website: Rocks by Rail: The Living Ironstone Museum
Photo Credit: John Sutton, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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