We have taken on board (pardon the pun) government advice regarding the outbreak of COVID-19 and have therefore regrettably decided to close the Heritage Centre to the public for the foreseeable future. We will provide updates on the situation in due course.
Although trains continue to arrive at Market Rasen Rail Station, its Grade II listed station building was closed by 1995, becoming derelict soon after. Several restoration attempts were made over the years, but these sadly failed because of the huge sums involved.
Until 2014, that is, when the building was bought at auction. It was in a dangerous state of decay by then and had been placed on the ‘At Risk’ register. After the auctioneer’s hammer went down, the Market Rasen Station Community Project was formed as a Community Interest Company, with Lindum Group as our Development Partner.
A bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund was successful in December 2015, meaning the restoration could finally begin! After much painstaking work, this wonderful building was reopened in September 2018.
Our Heritage Centre includes over 20 fascinating display panels, and audio stories from people who lived and worked at the station years ago. You can visit ‘Platform 2’, the café on site (opening in October), with its beautiful exposed brickwork and panelling. There is also a community room, the old Station Master’s office, for local groups, clubs and businesses to hire.
Many thanks to all the people and organisations that have supported this fabulous restoration project and to players of the National Lottery!