The future of the last remaining quarry train which is on display at the CEMEX Barrington Cement works has been secured following the company’s decision to donate the locomotive and two remaining wagons to Rocks by Rail, a local museum specializing in the preservation of the local area’s industrial heritage.
In 2005 the loco and two wagons were part of the last working standard gauge quarry railway in the UK. At this time, it was decided to replace the rail transportation within the site by the latest methods of mineral excavation and movement. This signaled the end of nearly 200 years of industrial history which can be traced back to the beginning of the railway age.
Aware of the significant historic importance, the loco and two wagons have been preserved on permanent display within the CEMEX site since that time.
With the recent decision to permanently close the site CEMEX has decided to donate and entrust this valuable quarry rolling stock to Rocks by Rail, formerly Rutland Railway Museum.
A registered charity, Rocks by Rail specializes in the preservation, conservation and demonstration of equipment formerly used on standard gauge quarry railways. The train and two wagons will be moved to the museum’s site at Cottesmore, Rutland where they will join the unique collection of quarry rolling stock. They will be demonstrated to the public at the museum’s own rail connected, mock quarry face.
Ian Southcott, CEMEX UK Community Affairs Manager said : ‘We are delighted that these important aspects of the industrial heritage of the Barrington Cement Works will not only be preserved but will actually be seen in action at the Rocks by Rail museum.’
In addition, to the donation of the rolling stock, the Rugby Group Benevolent Fund, a charity with close links to the company has provided a grant of £5,000 to cover the cost of transporting the loco and wagons to their new home and creating supporting information for display at the museum.
Simon Layfield from Rocks by Rail commented “Through this generous act CEMEX have safeguarded the future of historic quarry railway items which they were instrumental in saving. We are very grateful for their support both now and in the past.
“Once the items arrive at the museum they will supplement the other rolling stock that we have already received from the Barrington Quarry Railway. The arrival of the wagons will enable us to form a genuine quarry train consisting of a loco and four wagons which can be operate in our mock quarry very much in the same way as they used to work at Barrington.
“We hope to move the items to the museum in time for their initial display on Sunday 21st October 2012 when the museum has its next public open day.”
Notes to Editors:
- For further information contact Ian Southcott, email@example.com t. 01788 517323 m. 07702 918494 or Simon Layfield, Rocks by Rail (RbR) tel 07798 - 641105
- CEMEX is a global building solutions company and leading supplier of cement, ready-mixed concrete and aggregates. In the UK, CEMEX also produces asphalt, and has a significant share of the concrete- paving and block sectors. Additionally, the company is the leading supplier of concrete sleepers to the rail industry and a supplier of PFA cement additives. CEMEX has a national supply network in the UK with over 360 locations, to ensure that quality building materials are available to customers locally. For more information, see www.CEMEX.co.uk, www.CEMEX.com