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08-05-2013 : STEAM TRAINS RETURN TO MOUNTSORREL

Steam trains have returned to Mountsorrel in Leicestershire for the first time in 50 years after volunteers raised 100,000 pounds to rebuild the track.

The Mountsorrel Railway is a branch line which runs off the Great Central Railway, the UK's only double track, mainline heritage railway.

The Mountsorrel Railway Project, the registered charity behind the restoration, hopes to open the railway to the public in September.

The group also aims to bring a station and a heritage centre to the village and hopes to restore a steam locomotive named Elizabeth that used to operate on the railway.

The railway was originally used to carry granite from the Mountsorrel quarry but gradually fell out of use and the track was removed in 1963.

The 2km track was restored by the 130 volunteers, who cleared vegetation and repaired the original track foundations.

Project leader Steve Cramp said People in the village have a lot of affection for this line.

All over the UK, coal mines and factories had their own railway systems that fed into the national network.

One by one, as heavy industry disappeared, all that history went with it.

We want to recreate that history.

Book a Canal Boat Holiday from Market Harborough and enjoy the short cruise along the Grand Union Canal to Mountsorrel where you can see the work that the Railway Project has undertaken.

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