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‘Time Flies’ Railway Heritage Weekend 4th & 5th May 10.30am – 4pm

May 4, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

In conjunction with Lutterworth Museum and Lutterworth Model Railway Society to mark 50 years since the Lutterworth railway closed down, 5th May 1969. Catch a vintage bus from Lutterworth to Cotesbach where you can see a selection of films from the British Film Institute archive made to promote the railways in the 1950s and 60s.

Ride a vintage Midland Red bus to arrive in style at Cotesbach! Buses departing Lutterworth every hour on the hour from 11-3 both days. Return trips at half past the hour. Hop on at the Leisure Centre in Lutterworth!

In our Schoolhouse, we will be showing a rolling programme of British Transport Films of the 50s and 60s, ‘On and Off the Rails’ and ‘See Britain by Train’.

On show in the Glasshouse will be a stunning 1937 railway poster produced by artist Doris Zinkeisen for the Coronation alongside railway heritage artefacts on loan from Leicestershire Museums Collections.  Displays of documents from our archive will showing how local people’s lives were affected by the coming of the railway in the 1890s, and how money raised through sale of land helped to keep Cotesbach Estate afloat as the value of agricultural land had fallen.

Up in the Stable Yard local blacksmith Olly Boyett will be demonstrating how traditional hot riveting fixings were made that held together all the engines and much of the railways ironwork.

Between noon and 1pm both days the Merlin Engine will be fired up in memory of Fred Newton, technical director of Newton Brothers Derby who invented the first diesel hydraulic shunter in 1934 and in 1941 the carbon pile voltage regulator, leading to the production of hundreds of thousands of units fitted to electrical equipment worldwide from 1941, from trains to radar equipment.

Refreshments courtesy of The Yard Cafe.


May 4, 2019
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Cotesbach Educational Trust
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