The largest track relay project ever undertaken on the popular steam railway line near Nuneaton needs your help


One of the largest track relay projects ever to be undertaken on a popular steam railway line on the outskirts of Nuneaton.

The Battlefield Line is the remaining part of the old Ashby and Nuneaton Joint Railway, which was opened in 1873.

It is run by the Shackerstone Railway Society and its members are about to embark on their most ambitious project yet.

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It traditionally closes during the winter for maintenance – and this closed season the company wants to relay a mammoth 16 track panels in the cut just south of Shackerstone station.

“The renewal is badly needed as this section of track is very prone to flooding due to its location, so part of the project is to install over 300m of new drainage along the tracks,” the company said.

“This project is funded by money raised from operating the trains in 2021, but the costs are high, particularly due to rising material costs caused by the pandemic.”

Call for help

To help defray the huge costs of the work, the society is asking anyone who has ever taken a nostalgic trip down the line to donate.

“We are appealing for donations from the public to help defray costs, whether it’s donating a pound or two for some track clips, a new concrete sleeper or even hiring a digger from a day, all contribute to the achievement of this enormous task and will result in a sustainable railway for many years to come, ”said the group.

“All donations are gratefully received, no matter how small.”

Donations can be made through the rail line’s website here.

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