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Temporary Exhibition

May - July

The Return Of The Sixpenny Switchback

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The Burton and Ashby Light Railways was owned by the Midland Railway and built to connect their stations at Burton, Swadlincote, where the line split with one route going Castle Gresley and the other route via Woodville to Ashby.  The system operated between 1906 and 1927. After closure all the trams were disposed of.  A chance discovery by members of Gresley Model Railway Club resulted in them acquiring the body of Car 14 which they did a lot of restoration work on.  Following sponsorship and major restoration the tram moved to Detroit in 1980 and ran there for the next 23 years.  When the system was closed in 2003 it was assumed that the tram had been scrapped but in October 2014 it resurfaced and has returned to this country.  In 1983 Peter White and Joe Storer wrote and published a book called Sixpenny Switchback which was the first full history of the tramway.  Both the original authors are now dead but Peter’s vast photographic collection is now housed at Ashby Museum so using this a much enhanced version of the book called Return to the Sixpenny Switchback is being published by the Museum. 
The Author, Keith Gilliver was a close friend of Peter’s and was in a unique position to write this.


The new book and a 2 month exhibition about the tramway will be launched at the beginning of May.

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We welcome back Peter Liddle in April for another series of Lectures   

The Archaeology of Leicestershire in 6 Projects
Ashby Museum, North Street,
Ashby de la Zouch, LE65 1HU
Tuesdays at 2pm from April 12th to May 17th

A series of 6 lectures showing how key archaeological projects have thrown huge light on the archaeology of Leicester and Leicestershire. Peter Liddle MBE – former County Archaeologist  for Leicestershire – has 45 years experience in Leicestershire Archaeology and has worked on    or been closely involved with many of these projects.
April 12th: The Medbourne Survey
April 19th: Burrough Hill
April 26th: The Hallaton Treasure
May 3rd: Highcross Shopping Centre, Leicester
May 10th: Leicester Abbey
May 17th: Bradgate Park
Price: £30 for the series or £6 per lecture.
To book your place e-mail peter.liddle51@gmail.com
or phone (0116) 2214508 or 07758194353

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Ashby-de-la-Zouch Museum,
North Street,
Ashby-de-la-Zouch,
Leicestershire,
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