Sunday, November 01, 2015

The Battlefield Line

Early morning on the Battlefield Line, at Shackerstone station. The Battlefield Line is the remaining part of the former Ashby and Nuneaton Joint Railway which was opened in 1873. It runs from Shackerstone via Market Bosworth to Shenton in Leicestershire and is operated by the Shackerstone Railway Society.

I visited on the final day of their recent steam gala, with four locomotives working.

Driver, looking cool!

A pair of saddle tank locomotives takes off in a cloud of smoke and steam ...

... on a goods 'special', early Sunday morning.

Ensuring that No 7820, Dinmore Manor, is looking at its best for the day's visitors. Read about the locomotive here.

Sir Gomer is a 0-6-0 Saddle Tank, built in Bristol by Peckett and Sons Ltd in 1932, and is currently resident on the Battlefield Line. Find its history here.

Austerity 0-6-0ST Cumbria, visiting from the Furness Railway Trust, arriving at Market Bosworth, see here.

Dinmore Manor running round at Shenton.

GWR 0-6-0 No 3205 was built in Swindon in 1946 and is the sole surviving member of the 120-strong 2251 class of locomotives designed by CB Collett. It usually plies the South Devon Railway, see here.

'University of Strathclyde' at Shackerstone, the Class 47 having a day off during the steam gala.

My New Year's resolution!

So, why's it called the Battlefield Line? The site of the Battle of Bosworth is close to Shenton station, and the heritage centre is just a short walk from there, see here

The Battlefield Line may not be the largest heritage railway I've visited, but it is situated in beautiful Leicestershire countryside, has a fascinating museum at Shackerstone, not to mention the Victorian tearoom. I so enjoyed my visit.

Photos © Skip Cottage