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Rocks By Rail The Living Ironstone Museum

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Friendly committed volunteers putting on a good show.

Arrived and greeted by a volunteer in the car park. Bacon sarnies a treat. Entrance fee very... read more

Reviewed September 30, 2018
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
Britain at it's Very Best

Run completely by volunteers this small railway and musuem is a gem. They have a collection of... read more

Reviewed August 28, 2018
Oakham, United Kingdom
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Rocks By Rail is an outdoor adventure, cast in an ironstone quarry. Covering 19 acres of reclaimed quarry, railway tracks and nature trails, Rocks by Rail is a journey back in time. It's an unmissable opportunity to experience an awesome industrial...more
Ashwell Road, Cottesmore LE15 7BX, England
+44 7873 721941
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed August 27, 2015 via mobile

One must take into account that this amenity is run completely by volunteers, who are sharing their hobby and passion. So do not go and expect 'Thorpe Park'. But if you appreciate love, dedication and enthusiasm - in buckets, then this is for you. I...More

3  Thank JohnCFI
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Reviewed August 11, 2015

It's not often that I visit somewhere that has absolutely no redeeming features, but "Rocks by Rail" achieves this admirably. I went with low expectations, after all this is a small museum, but was astonished by how bad the place is. They have a small...More

4  Thank CrasMihi
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Reviewed September 30, 2018

Arrived and greeted by a volunteer in the car park. Bacon sarnies a treat. Entrance fee very reasonable.Exhibits in main shed and side shed in various stages of preservation. One steam loco giving frequent brake van rides and 2 diesel at play shunting into the...More

Thank Tonyisleham
Reviewed August 28, 2018 via mobile

Run completely by volunteers this small railway and musuem is a gem. They have a collection of steam and diesel locomotives, some restored and working, and others in the process of being restored. You can take a ride in a brake van attached to one...More

2  Thank Rutlandbouy
Reviewed August 1, 2018

This museum is amazing with lots of livestock in the process of renovation. The staff were very friendly and informative. The drive a train for £5 wasn’t taking place on the day we visited but the August bank holiday Sunday/Monday will have steam and diesel...More

2  Thank annah623
Reviewed July 23, 2018

This was a walk down memory lane for my husband as he had watched Sundew's great walk as a young lad. Don't expect great shining engines, do expect enthused volunteers who are happy to chat about the work they do and the great engines they...More

Thank P V
Reviewed June 17, 2018

Day trip out. It was a lovely day and the weather was on our side. The large collection of trains was entertaining for the kids to look around while granddad enjoyed learning about the history of the area.

1  Thank melmel58f
Reviewed June 14, 2018

People forget what a large industry mining iron ore was in this country, particularly where the seams are near the surface as in Rutland. A small group of enthusiasts have rescued a large number of diesel and steam tank engines and keep them on the...More

Thank Piers556
Reviewed August 18, 2017

Found it by accident Probably best to arrive on an event day as the volunteers are limited on other open days, or take a picnic. Volunteers friendly and enthusiastic and full of infomation about the museum. Loved the story of the extremely heavy crane 'walking'...More

1  Thank becca14f
Reviewed August 6, 2017

This is a great little museum run by friendly and passionate volunteers! It ISN'T a steam railway, it's a museum looking at ironstone extraction. You may think that this would be less interesting but it isn't. The museum has a collection of both steam and...More

Thank Nick M
Reviewed July 3, 2017

We stumbled upon this museum located just outside Cottesmore, having not seen any advertising relating to it. Very few visitors meant parking and access was easy. They happened to be running the monthly "drive a loco for a fiver" - little more than you would...More

Thank paulU1179VK
Reviewed May 14, 2017 via mobile

One of the best days I have spent on a Sunday driving train for £5 is brilliant. more people should go for the this experience friendly staff this should a must do on your buket list if you love or day out driving a Train

Thank Danny W
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Response from Piers556 | Reviewed this property |
There isn't really enough to entertain young children. The site consists mainly of independent craft stalls, with a few workshops. It's really geared towards adults.