Battlefield Line

Battlefield Line

Steam loco at Shackerstone Station, Battlefield Line

"Linda" a Bagnall 0-4-0ST at Shackerstone Station

Picture Above: © Copyright Stephen McKay and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

The Battlefield Line is a Standard Gauge Heritage Steam Railway running for 4 miles from Shackerstone to Shenton via Bosworth.

Route

The route totals an 8 mile round trip, running through the scenery of Leicestershire.

Shackerstone

Shackerstone Station is the Railways Northern Terminus and the lines Headquarters.

The station has two platforms with a footbridge linking to two. There is a Museum of Railwayana here.

The railways motive power depot based here an Workshops, these can visited, and are short walk from Platform 1.

There’s the Railway’s Tea rooms here, Booking office and shop, the latter of which is on Platform 2 in a replica of the original waiting room!

There is also the Railways Working Signal Box, believed to be the oldest of it’s type in working order, this is not open to the Public due it’s position across the main running lines!

Market Bosworth

This is the intermediate station on the line.

It is situated just under a mile from the Town Centre, and a short walk from the Ashby Canal. There is a shot single line Platform here with a PW siding.

It was the most busy station on the Line due to the Market with Cattle and other Produce.

The original Station building and Goods Shed are in private hands and not in use by the Railway!

This station unlike Shackerstone has it’s original Signal Box, which sadly was attacked by Vandals in 2008, smashing the windows and lighting a fire within the building, fortunately it never took hold and Signal box was repaired!

There is a waiting Room here which was taken from Chester Station and Re-erected at Bosworth.

Shenton

This is the Railways Southern Terminus. It stands at the Heart of Bosworth Battlefield, from which the Railway gets it’s name.

The Bosworth Battlefield Visitor Centre is a ten minute walk away, this is situated on Ambion Hill. A four minute walk away is King Richard’s Stone.

The Station is not the original, it’s the Ex Humberstone Road Station building from Leicester, it was rescued after the BR closed the Station to Passengers, The council bought it from BR for the bargain sum of £1.

Also located at Shenton Station, is Station Glass, where you can observe Richard Golding making Glass ornaments.

Bosworth Battlefield

Shenton Station has been situated at the Heart of Bosworth Battlefield for some 137 years, until… and wait for it… the actual Battle field was discovered in 2010 nearly a mile south west of the Station! This is where the Railway apparently gets it’s name from.

The Visitor Centre mentioned earlier houses the recent finds, and is well worth a visit!

Website: http://homepage.ntlworld.com/candj_simmons/

Operating Dates: See Website

Line Length: 4 miles

Operational Locomotives:

  • RSH 0-6-0T No.3 Richard III (Under Restoration)
  • Peckett & Sons Ltd. 0-4-0ST No.7 (Awaiting Restoration)
  • Bagnall 0-6-0ST No.2670 LAMPORT No.3 (Out of Ticket, awaiting ten year overhaul)
  • Huddwell Clarke 0-4-0ST No.750 Whaleswood (Undergoing Long term Restoration)
  • Peckett & Sons Ltd. 0-6-0ST No.1859 Sir Gomer (Awaiting Re-Plumbing of Boiler)
  • Aveling & Porter Rail Loco 2-2WT No.9449 The Blue Circle
  • LNER B1 4-6-0 No.1306 Mayflower (Privately Owned)
  • BR Class 04 0-6-0DM No.11215
  • BR Class 31 A1A-A1A No.31101
  • BR Class 03 0-6-0DM No.03170
  • BR Class 73 Bo-Bo No.73114 Stewarts Lane Traction Maintenance Depot

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