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Ecclesbourne Valley Railway – Driver Retires after Twenty Years


Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, Wirksworth.

Driver Retires after Twenty Years

A train driver has retired after driving on the Matlock to Nottingham Branch line for twenty years.

Local train driver David Bevington visited the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway to take the controls of heritage railcar ‘Iris’ as part of a retirement gift organised by Phil Helme, Driver Manager at East Midlands Trains.

David started his railway career as a guard before realising a boyhood dream of becoming a train driver. He is a keen enthusiast of both steam and diesel locomotives and has always wanted to take the controls of a heritage train. The visit fuelled David’s passion for a bygone era and he has decided that much of his new found spare time will be spent as a volunteer on the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway.

Driver retiring Retired Driver David takes the controls

  About the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway:

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

The 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 9 miles of single-track railway, which meet the Midland Main Line at Duffield Junction near Derby. There are five station sites, 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 midweek throughout the summer and are timed to connect with Derwent Valley Line services between Nottingham, Derby and Matlock operated by East Midlands Trains.

Model Railway Exhibitions – October 2013

Model Railway Exhibitions

October 2013


• Sat 5th October 2013 – Sun 6th October 2013

• Mickleover Model Railway Group – Model Railway Exhiibition

• Community Centre, Uttoxeter Road, Mickleover, Derby, Derbyshire DE3 0DA


ADMISSION: Adults £3.00 Concessions £2.00 Children £2.00 Family £8.00

10+ working Layouts, trade stands, and cafeteria. All layouts belong to the club or club members.


• Sat 12th October 2013 – Sun 13th October 2013

• Haywoods Permanent Way – Model Railway Exhibition 2013

• Memorial Hall, Main Road, Great Haywood, Staffordshire ST18 0SU

OPENING TIMES: SAT 10am – 5pm SUN 10am – 4pm

ADMISSION: Adults £3.00 Concessions £2.50 Children £2.00 Family £8.00

A small friendly show. Prices held from last show. Layouts in a popular range of scales and gauges, AV presentation in adjoining hall, Trade support and Refreshments. Car park at rear of hall.


• Sat 12th October 2013

• West Bromwich Rail Model Club – Annual Club Open Day

• The Old Post Office, Holyhead Road, Wednesbury, West Midlands WS10 7DF

OPENING TIMES: SAT 10.00am – 4.00pm

ADMISSION: Adults £1.00 Concessions £1.00 Children £1.00

This is our ANNUAL CLUB OPEN DAY were the public can see what the club does by showing our club layouts and some members own layouts. Trade support will be on site.


• Sat 12th October 2013 – Sun 13th October 2013

• Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Association – Wirksworth Model Railway Exhibition

• Wirksworth Town Hall, Coldwell Street, Wirksworth, Derbyshire DE4 4EU

OPENING TIMES: SAT 10.00am-5.00pm, SUN 10.00am-4.30pm

ADMISSION: Adults £4.50 Concessions £3.50 Children £3.50 Family £11.00

11th Wirksworth Model Railway Exhibition in 3 venues around Wirksworth: Town Hall, Parish Rooms and Memorial Hall. Free Parking at Wirksworth Station. Specialist Trade Stands, Secondhand Railway Books, DVD’S and Books, Railway Artist, EVRA Stand. Tombola. Refreshments. Ticket holders can get a reduced rate on the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway for the day. Sponsored by the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Association, Register charity 1106810.


• Sat 19th October 2013

• Cradley Heath MRC – First Model Railway Exhibition

• Cradley Heath Community Centre, Reddal Hill Road, Cradley Heath, West Midlands B64 5jg, Reddal Hill Road, Cradley Heath, West Midlands B64 5jg, West Midlands B64 5JG


ADMISSION: Adults £4.00 Concessions £3.00 Children £3.00 Family £10.00

Cradley Heath Model Railway Club innaugural exhibition


Full disabled access, including car parking. Snacks and drinks available.


• Sat 26th October 2013

• Birmingham Model Railway Club – Exhibition

• Arden Hall, Water Orton RD, Birmingham, West Midlands B36 9PB

OPENING TIMES: 10.30am – 4.00pm

ADMISSION: Adults £3.00 Concessions £2.00 Children £1.50 Family £8.00

Good venue with free parking, full refreshment service, First exhibition at this venue by B Ham Model Club


• Sat 26th October 2013

• Newtown Model Railway Society – Mid Wales Model Railway Show

• The Town Hall, High Street, Welshpool, Powys SY21 7JQ

OPENING TIMES: 10.30am to 4.30pm

ADMISSION: Adults £3.00

The Mid Wales Model Railway Show is held in Welshpool Town Hall. There will be approximately 15 layouts covering the major scales and gauges, as well as modelling demonstrations, second hand sales, modelling and books trade stands. The venue is wheelchair friendly. There is ample parking close by. It is 10 minutes walk from the main line Station, and 10 minutes walk from the Welshpool & Llanfair Railway station at Raven Square. Accompanied children will have FREE admission.