Saturday 23 July 2016

We are heading south and for home eventually with an overnight stop in the eastern part of Leicestershire, but on the western side of the same county is a preserved railway I have never previously visited – the Battlefield Line.

This relatively small line runs from Shackerstone as its northern terminus in a generally southerly direction through Market Bosworth to Shenton.  On the day we visit they are having a beer festival (and some cider for Jackie) as well as running trains and displaying other traction engines, so there is a somewhat different selection of items to be photographed as can be seen here.

The Shenton station is adjacent to the site of Bosworth field where the last significant battle of the Wars of the Roses and Henry Tudor defeated Richard III – the last English king to die on the battlefield.  We do not have time to visit the battlefield.

Perhaps more regrettably as I am driving there is no ability to sample the huge number of barrels which are present.  Just a couple of halves and a pasty.

And we return home on the Sunday.