Ecclesbourne Valley Railway – 2012

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway 2012

About the Railway

WyvernRail plc has worked with the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Association to reopen the Duffield to Wirksworth railway in the heart of Derbyshire.

“Britain’s last perfect branch line” passes through the beautiful Ecclesbourne Valley to the award winning and beautifully restored town of Wirksworth, nestling in the foothills of the Peak District.

The line is a time capsule, with its intermediate stations largely intact and the layout at Wirksworth virtually unchanged since the days of steam.

There are 8½ miles of single-track railway, which meet the Midland Main Line at Duffield Junction near Derby.There are four stations, two level crossings, a yard with extensive sidings and a mineral branch to the old Middlepeak quarry at Wirksworth.

Services run at weekends between March and October and are timed to connect with Derwent Valley Line services between Nottingham, Derby and Matlock operated by East Midlands Trains.

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway – 2012



Wirksworth, 4 March 2012:The 2012 season has started at the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway and this year promises to be at least as exciting as the last.Depicts Neil Ferguson-Lee, Vice Chairman of WyvernRail plc with Lord Faulkner of Worcester at Duffield Station on the occasion of the Heritage Railway Association’s visit to the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway in February 2012.Lord Faulkner is holding a copy of the railway’s 2012 poster promoting the Destination Wirksworth campaign.

 As a warm-up to the season, the railway hosted fifty visitors from the Heritage Railway Association (HRA) in mid-February.This extremely prestigious event was held in conjunction with their annual meeting in Derby and included the presence of Lord Faulkner of Worcester, President of the HRA.

The first major event of the season will be the railway’s Diesel Weekend on 17-18 March.Following-on from the Home Fleet Diesel gala at the end of last season, this event will see locomotives 20001 and 33035 operating services between Wirksworth and Duffield.

 In preparation for the Diesel Weekend, work is underway to convert the railway’s former Gatwick Express coaching set into full Pullman livery for re-launch as the Ecclesbourne Pullman, which will be available for hire as a luxury private-hire service.Depicts one of the former Gatwick Express carriages being refurbished as part of the Ecclesbourne Pullman that will be launched to the public later this spring.

In June, we plan to open Shottle station.Located to the south of Idridgehay, adjacent to the Belper to Ashbourne road, Shottle will open for passengers on foot.Shottle opens-up new travel opportunities and is well located near two family-friendly pubs that serve lunchtime and evening meals.

Finally, look out for a new marketing campaign to emerge out of Wirksworth and the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway in the next few weeks.The Destination Wirksworth campaign is undergoing preparation during the early spring and will help develop Wirksworth, Duffield and Ecclesbourne Valley itself as a tourist destination with much to offer visitors from near and far.

Our first train of the new season ran on Saturday and it contained visitors from as far away as Indianapolis.With through ticketing provided by East Midlands Trains to any Ecclesbourne Valley destination, Britain’s last perfect branch line is set to be a busy location in 2012.




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