New Rail ‘Reunification’ Bridge Arrives!

Reaching the stage when trains will once again be able to run all the way from Ruddington to Leicester has got another step closer this week – with the lowering into place of a replacement Great Central Railway (GCR) bridge over the A60. As RUDDINGTON.info reported last month, this brand new structure was needed to replace the old bridge (number 326) near the Brush factory, on the outskirts of Loughborough, which was in such poor condition that the line over it needed to be closed on safety grounds back in September…

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Goodbye Bridge As Rail ‘Reunification’ Gets Closer

A future era when trains will once again be able to run all the way from Ruddington to Leicester has got another step nearer this month – with the removal of an unsafe railway bridge over the A60. The old bridge near the Brush factory, on the outskirts of Loughborough, has been a landmark for road users visiting the town during the last 125 years. Originally it was not anticipated having to replace this historic structure as part of Great Central Railway’s ‘Reunification’ plans – an ambitious railway reconnection project to…

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Miniature Traction Engine Rally

This weekend event will be hosted by the Nottingham Society of Model and Experimental Engineers (NSMEE) at the Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre (NTCH) on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September. Nottingham Heritage Railway say the Rally is “one for everyone with an interest in Traction Engines. A two-day event featuring Miniature Traction Engines, all of which will be in steam at some point over the weekend.” Please note: These events do not include a rail service. Contact the NHR for details and timings. NTHC is one of Ruddington’s family visitor attractions…

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Rushcliffe Halt Open Day 2022

A great opportunity for everyone to visit with bus rides form Ruddington to Rushcliffe Halt – and return! See the newly refurbished Hotchley Hill signal box and find out about the station plans. This event will be at the Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre (NTHC) on Sunday 31st July between 10am and 4pm. Organisers say “Our station throws open its doors to show its past and future plans. Free bus ride from the Ruddington Heritage site and return. Admission fee applies.” Adults £3  and children (15 and under) can go for free. All guilds raised at…

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Road Transport Gathering

“Be it bike or bus, all forms of road transport are invited” at the Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre on Sunday 9th October from 10am to 4pm. NTHC is one of Ruddington’s family visitor attractions from going on a miniature train ride to looking around the various heritage groups on-site. It’s a great place for a day out because you’ll find “Nottingham Heritage Railway, Nottingham Area Bus Society (NABS), Nottingham SMEE, Ruddington MRC, EMRT, Barnwrights & more.” Also there’s The Heritage Cafe serving hot meals, snacks and drinks. It’s usually open at the…

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NABS Bus Rally and Running Day

This annual event will “attract more than twenty visiting vehicles some of which provide free rides around the South Nottinghamshire countryside“ say host Nottingham Area Bus Society (NABS).  The popular NABS Bus Rally and Running Day is open to the public on Sunday 17th July between 10am and 4pm at the Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre (NTHC). The entry fee is £5 for adults and under fifteens, if accompanied can go in for free. Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre is one of Ruddington’s main visitor attractions.  In addition to the vintage buses, it’s a great…

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Father’s Day Afternoon Tea

You can enjoy Father’s Day Afternoon Tea served on-board a static railway dining coach at the Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre. NTHC says “The cost will be £10 per person with pre-booking a requirement. Admission by ticket only available from The Heritage Cafe.” Afternoon Tea will be between 12noon and 4pm on Sunday 19th June. Note: You are advised to check event details and the cafe opening times, please, @TheHeritageCafeRuddington The Heritage Centre Cafe is usually open at the weekends from 10am to 4pm.  NTHC is one of our lovely visitor attractions based in…

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Criminals Target Development Sites

It seems the various building sites around Ruddington at the moment are presenting new opportunities for criminals. The latest village crime statistics just released by Rushcliffe Police show that, last month, Linden Homes’ ‘Blacksmith’s Green’ development was targeted again by thieves – who this time managed to get away with thousands of pounds worth of scaffolding from its construction site. This follows previous thefts of building items from its Flawforth Lane site the previous month – plus a diesel road roller from the Avant Homes development on Asher Lane and…

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Further Vandalism at Our Heritage Railway

Volunteers at Great Central Railway Nottingham (GCRN) now have some more unexpected and unwelcome work to do after trespassers at the Ruddington site decided to spray graffiti onto one of the 125 Group‘s recently restored MK3 coaches. The Heritage Centre is already facing great financial challenges thanks to the Coronavirus – having been unable to run any passenger services from there since the February half-term last year. Whilst not on the scale of the vandalism in 2019, it’s still very upsetting and disheartening for all those involved. This latest, mindless act was discovered…

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Historic Footbridge To Be Closed For Repairs

One of Ruddington’s railway landmarks is set for a little TLC this week – to make sure it remains safe for the increasing number of pedestrians who now use it. ‘Fifty Steps Bridge’ over the Great Central Railway line was constructed well over a century ago (circa 1899) and still survives as a functioning footbridge to this day. This is despite the passenger line beneath it becoming a victim of Dr Richard Beeching’s cuts in 1963, and nearby Ruddington Station subsequently being demolished. Goods trains continued to pass along this…

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