We are pleased to announce that we are working with Long Eaton and District 50+ Forum for their “Toton Sidings Remembered” Project The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) have awarded £9,600 to the Forum to work for 18 months with The Erewash Museum and local schools to revive memories of this amazing local heritage, once the largest railway marshalling yard in Europe handling 2 million wagons a year.

The project management group includes Pete Wearn and David Farley from the forum, local railway enthusiasts Brian Amos and Phil Burton who some readers will know from their inspiring talks about the yards and Helen Martinez and Debbi Mills from The Erewash Museum. We are planning an exhibition at the museum to run from May 26th to July 15th 2017 and school workshops up till April 2018.  The team at Long Eaton 50+ would love to hear from any local readers who have photos or other memorabilia they would lend for the exhibition. Email to petewearn@hotmail.com.

The Museum will be hosting an exhibition to remember our famous local marshalling yards known as Toton Sidings. These yards were a vital link between collieries north of Long Eaton and customers further south. Consisting of 26 miles of track and around 100 sidings, and working ‘round the clock’, they were at one time the largest marshalling yards in Europe.  There will be two Open days on June 10th and July 8th with model railway layouts and other attractions. The Open days would be a good time for you to come along with your memories to share with us.

The exhibition is funded as part of a Heritage Lottery Award granted to the Long Eaton & District 50plus Forum. Two local historians and railway enthusiasts, Brian Amos and Phil Burton, have partnered the forum, bringing not only their expert knowledge but also releasing some of their amazing photos of the yard. These photos which were purchased from the National Railway Museum Archives will be on public display for the first time and date from the early 1900s.


image of toton sidings railway lines