The Museum – A Brief Site Guide

The Museum sets out to portray a typical quarry system, as it would have operated in the area during the period from around 1950 to the late 1970’s when the industry closed.

We have chosen this time period because our collection includes equipment from earlier eras as w

ell as that seen in quarries just before closure.

When you enter the museum – it’ll be a journey you’ll never forget

When you enter the Museum you will be directed to park in an area of restored land that was previously used as the sidings for the Exton Park group of quarries.

Here quarry locomotives brought wagons from quarries on the top of the hill and from up to five miles away! Although it takes some imagination, these sidings joined the mineral branch close to the entrance gate.

You enter the Museum close to the hub of our quarry system. Please remember that safety is paramount and that although we have taken measures to ensure your safety, you should at all times act responsibly and in a considered manner.

We are accommodating to all visitors and if you have special requirements please ask one of our volunteers who will be pleased to assist. Alternatively, you can contact us here and we will set it up for you prior to your visit.

To your left are the main wagon sidings. Here the empty wagons have been stored ready for a locomotive to take them to the quarry for loading.

Mineral Wagon Storage Sidings

On operating days trains of wagons are brought up the mineral railway to these sidings on a regular basis.

This is often performed by one of the larger locomotives as the branch line from Ashwell has a ruling gradient of 1 in 60 for most of its length.

Our locomotives handle trains of up to 10 empty wagons at a time although this can be reduced in poor weather.

To the right is the main yard area in which most of the permanent buildings and features are located.

Locomotive Shed (RRM 123)

This building is an authentic locomotive shed from the Woolsthorpe ironstone quarry system, which was situated in the picturesque Vale of Belvoir.

It has been carefully re-built at the museum site. It was originally erected in 1947 and once accommodated up to four quarry locomotives.

The building is still used for storage and conservation work on locomotives and wagons.

Our other areas consist of:

  • Locomotive Preparation Area
  • Conservation and Display Workshop
  • Cottesmore West Quarry

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