Sunday, May 08, 2016

The Battlefield line in West Leicestershire

Yesterday I visited the Battlefield Line in the west of Leicestershire. Some heritage lines are preserved and polished to within an inch of their lives: this one is not like that.

Its slightly homely nature gives you an idea of what branch lines must have been like in the last days of their operation.There were no steam locomotives running yesterday - just a couple of ill-matched diesel multiple unit cars.

For that reason I recommend a visit to the Battlefield Line. It will also take you to within a short walk of the Battle of Bosworth visitor centre.

It was good to see the building from Leicester Humberstone Road station in its new home.

And it was sad to see 45015, which I remember hauling St Pancras expresses through Market Harborough, mouldering away beside the line at Shackerstone. (It is not owned by the Battlefield Line people themselves.)

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