Bringing back memories of the Amber Valley.

Welcome to the website of The Ashover Light Railway Society! Within these pages you will find all the information you require about the original Ashover Light Railway and the ALRS’s plans to recreate a section of this historic narrow gauge railway. Also featured is a photographic tour of part of the picturesque route of the railway, as well as all the latest news from the Society as we drive towards our ultimate goal - to recreate the atmosphere of the Ashover Butts terminus in its heyday.

The Ashover Light Railway Society is a registered charity no. 1129958.

Registered as a company limited by guarantee in England no. 06877968.

Registered address :165 Longedge Lane, Wingerworth, CHESTERFIELD, Derbyshire, S42 6PR

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If you like what you see and would like to know more, why not join us and get involved with our fun and friendly Society. Further information on Membership, along with a downloadable Membership Form can be found by visiting the Membership page.

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Enjoy your visit!

Peak Rail’s mixed traffic gala (August 12-14)

by David Willmott on August 12, 2022

The Ashover Light Railway will be operating trains this weekend.

Hopefully we will be able to publish photos of this event in the coming days.

March 2022 tote results

by David Willmott on March 4, 2022

The draw for the March tote was as follows

1. CB of W Sussex wins £36.75

2. DB of East Bridgford wins £22.05

3  AE of Stocksbridge wins £14.70

Congratulations to all the winners. New members of the tote are always welcome. An application form can be found on the membership page of this website.


by David Willmott on December 19, 2021

Just a brief note to alert our followers that the 2022 calendars are now sold out. The merchandise pages will be amended to show this.

November 2021

by David Willmott on November 1, 2021

ALRS members should have recently received issue 60 of Where The Rainbow Ends, the quarterly journal of the Society.

Inside you will find a report of this year’s AGM held at our Rowsley site. The rain held off for long enough to enable this to take place outdoors, with social distancing easy to achieve. After the main business part of the agenda was concluded members were able to witness the first public outing of the Jaywick locomotive under its own power. (Admittedly this was by courtesy of compressed air, progress towards steam operation continues)

October saw the Society’s first presence of the year at an external event in 2021 as all local shows etc. have been victims of the Covid pandemic. The event was organised by Ashover Parish Council, the Ashover History/Artefacts/Memorabilia exhibition in the parish hall. This was a well attended event.


by David Willmott on August 4, 2021

Advance notice of the annual general meeting of the ALRS.

Members will receive written notification by post or email in the next few days, but a date for your calendar is our AGM.

This will be on Saturday September 25th starting at 11.30 at our Rowsley site. If the weather is fine we intend to meet outside as we did last year, but if the weather is inclement it will be held inside our workshops.

(This posting will be duplicated on our Facebook page)