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Industrial Heritage Group
Leader Mike Stow 01530 469152

The Industrial Heritage Group is for members who have an interest in our industrial heritage of trains, cars, planes, bikes, early manufacturing etc. to visit museums, railways, factories and other places related to our industrial past. We occasionally take a quite broad view of what constitutes "Industrial Heritage" if it is of interest to us!

Travel arrangements vary depending on how far we have to travel, but generally we meet in Ashby to car-share.

Our trips are normally on Wednesdays unless otherwise stated


date dep. time venue organiser details
22nd Nov9 amRoyal Armoury, Leeds, LS10 1LTBob BaxendaleFree admission.
90mins (87miles) via M42, M1(J43)and M621 exit J4 A61.
Follow brown tourism signs to the Armoury.
Car parking nearby £7 for 5 hrs
13th Dec11 amThe Plough Inn, AshbyMike StowPlanning Meeting for next year's trips, followed by lunch if you wish to stay

18th October. Great Central Railway

Twelve of us gathered at Quorn for an outing to the Great Central Railway on Wednesday 18th October. This was a week earlier than our normal group outing, but the railway only operates mid-week during half-term at this time of year. We were able to admire some components for a new steam locomotive being constructed, although it does not yet look much like a complete one - other work is being undertaken elsewhere. Also in the yard was a visiting locomotive which was about to be taken to another railway. Two low-loaders were parked ready and, by lunchtime, it was loaded and on its way.

We adjourned to the platform, negotiated at the booking office for tickets and awaited the 1015 train from Loughborough. This was hauled by a small steam tank locomotive, which took us across the Swithland Reservoir viaduct to Leicester. Although there is not much to see here at present, ambitious plans are afoot to construct a large museum in conjunction with the National Railway Museum at York. This will enable much better viewing of a number of preserved locomotives, many of which will have some connection with the Great Central Railway.

Returning on the train to Loughborough, the station there is original and has been beautifully restored. We walked down to the yard to view the locomotives there. These included one, which formerly worked on the line, which had only finished restoration a fortnight previously, some 50 years after it had been withdrawn from normal service. Meanwhile, our engine had indulged in a drink from the original water tank to prepare for its next task.

We re-boarded our train for another trip to Leicester but this time four alighted at Quorn for lunch at the café there, whilst the remaining eight indulged in an all-day breakfast, cooked on the train and served to us. It turned out to be excellent value and, as can be seen from the photograph, was enjoyed by all. On the return journey, we alighted at Quorn to meet up with the other four and to collect our cars for the journey home.

Photos by Mike Stow & Colin Ellis

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