Membership at the Battlefield Line

P-way at Shenton Winter 2010 with the gang
Benefits of Membership - Membership Rates - The Membership Application



In the summer of 1969 a small group of railway enthusiasts got together to try and preserve a Jubilee Class engine 'Leander' which was in Woodham's yard at Barry in Wales. For various reasons this scheme did not get off the ground, but it formed the basis for a railway preservation Society in the East Midlands.

In the Autumn of 1969 the Society was searching, somewhat despairingly, for a home. The search became even more urgent when our first engine "The King", was acquired, a 0-4-0 well tank built in 1906. A temporary home was found in Market Bosworth on the old Ashby to Nuneaton Line. When the Society first moved to Shackerstone in early 1970, the Station building was a very sorry sight indeed. There was only one pane of glass still intact, the lead had been ripped from the roof and the rain ran down the walls in the Porters Room.

An Early Steam Up by John AlsopSince British Rail had lifted all track except the one through line, the Society's first priority was to lay a siding on the old goods yard site from the loading dock to the station. It was here that the first 'Open Days' were held. After B.R. had lifted the mainline north of the station we were able to connect our sidings to the Market Bosworth line by reinstating the 'Down' platform road and installing a turnout. It was about this time we received our first locomotives and wagons.

Decorating the Xmas TreeProtracted negotiations were opened which resulted in our being able to purchase the railway intact between Shackerstone and Market Bosworth. Unfortunately we were not able to raise sufficient funds to purchase the rail on the Market Bosworth to Shenton section, but we did secure the track bed. While negotiations were in progress British Rail were kind enough to allow us to celebrate the centenary of the A&NJR by running a train of open wagons to Market Bosworth. Following the successful conclusions of the negotiations with B.R. a start was made on track rearrangements which created run-round loops at both ends of the line and a number of sidings at Shackerstone. All this hard work and dedication resulted in us getting our Light Railway Order and the associated operating certificate from Major Rose of the Railway Inspectorate, although we had been allowed to run trains under B.R. supervision for some time prior to this.

The P-Way Gang at WorkAfter a period of consolidation we felt able to launch an appeal to raise money for the reinstatement of the track to Shenton, which would link the Railway to Leicestershire County Council's Battle of Bosworth site. Many of our previous visitors may remember donating 1 to buy the 1.5 miles of rail and many tons of ballast needed to reach the Battlefield. It was without doubt one of the Society's proudest moments as the first train pulled in Shenton Station in August 1992. A large crowd watched the inaugural service, packed with civic dignitaries, arrive hauled by the appropriately named 0-6-0 tank engine "Richard III."

Eddie adjusts Sir GormlessAs you walk around the site you may wonder how the Society has amassed such a large amount of rolling stock. The truth is that the majority of the engines, carriages, wagons and other vehicles that are on the site are privately owned by members. If you were to ask any working member around the site there is a very high chance that person will in some way own part of what is on display around the station, rolling stock or otherwise.

John at Fixing the BridgeThe Society is a voluntary organisation. Although the whole of the Railway is run by enthusiasts we are expected to operate to the same safety standards as the country's main rail network, the idea that we play at running trains is very far from the truth! Never the less we are all involved because it is fun and we enjoy it!

So if the railway bug is starting to get under your skin, why not ask the members about the jobs they are involved with on The Battlefield Line. There are many varied jobs that you can get involved with. Opportunities are open in all areas from station porters to maintenance. Bar staff to heavy engineering, shop assistant to diesel fitter...              ...and of course loco driver!

Members, especially working members, are the life blood of organisations such as ours, so if you are interested please come and join us, you will find a very warm welcome.


Joining the Shackerstone Railway Society will give you the opportunity to make new friends who share a common interest. You will be able to use your skills to help preserve part of our industrial heritage and improve on the present by making the Railway develop and expand. You could choose to learn new skills and enjoy the challenge of performing tasks you thought you may never be able to do!

  • As a member you will receive three copies of our Society magazine, ‘Shackerstone News’ per year. All members are encouraged to contribute articles, photographs and letters of interest.
  • Members are entitled to three free train trips per year on normal operating days.
  • Free access to the railway all year round (except on special event days).
  • 25% off other journeys and special events (except Thomas, Santa and Dining Trains, etc)


Membership rates effective from April 2010





Adult Partners


Junior (5-17yrs)


Senior (65+yrs)


Adult Life


Adult Partners Life


Family Life


Senior Life


Still not convinced why should you join us?
Well compare the membership rates against the normal fares.
Is that a good deal or what?

A Family Membership counts as 2 adults and 2 children.
On reaching 18 years children are no longer eligible under Family Membership and should join under another adult category.

Your Membership will be posted out to you at the beginning of the month following your application has been submitted. eg If you book online on the 15th May you will receive your membership during the first weeks of June.

Please remember Membership can be purchased at Shackerstone Station or via the Application Form .

Downloadable Timetable and Membership Application Form

Our 2010 timetable gives details of running days, special events, how to find us and a membership form.

If you would like to download a copy of the Membership Leaflet (approx. 360kb) please either click the front cover on the left to view it or right click and select "Save Target as..."

Please return completed membership forms to;

The Battlefield Line,
The Shackerstone Railway Society,
Shackerstone Station,
CV13 6NW.

Telephone enquiries on 01827 880754
(answerphone in operation when not manned)


The Battlefield Line Railway, The Shackerstone Railway Society Limited,
Shackerstone Station, Shackerstone, Leicestershire. CV13 6NW. United Kingdom.
Tel: 01827 880754. Email: