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!

April 2020 edition of WTRE

by David Willmott on March 27, 2020

As a result of restrictions resulting from the current virus situation it has proved impossible to provide members with a hard copy of WTRE at the present time. However, in order to supply ALRS members with their narrow gauge “fix” a digital version is being emailed. If you haven’t provided the society with an up yo date email address, please let us know ASAP so that we can supply you with a PDF version.

Thank you

Annual General Meeting

by David Willmott on March 19, 2020

Please note that the society’s AGM will NOT now take place on May 2nd as planned, as many of our members are in a “high risk” category for corona virus. No decision has yet been made for a future meeting, but any decision will be conveyed to you through this website, social media and WTRE.

March 2020 updates

by David Willmott on March 17, 2020

The ALRS runs a quarterly tote (application forms to join can be found in the “membership” pages of this website).

The March draw results are:-

1. SR of Pilsley, Chesterfield wins £42.52

2. RB of Wingerworth wins £25.65

3. MW of Pinxton wins £17.10

New members of the tote are always welcome.

Annual General Meeting

Details of the 2020 AGM will be included in the imminent issue of Where the Rainbow Ends (the society’s house magazine) and is scheduled for May 2nd 2020. (In view of the current situation you are advised to check back here in case any change becomes necessary)

Society progress.

This will be conveyed to members via WTRE initially, before being reported here; but suffice to say there has been tangible progress made.


by David Willmott on January 1, 2020

We would like to wish all our friends and supporters a very happy new year. Membership renewal will be due at the end of January, and a renewal form will be enclosed in the next issue of the house magazine “Where the Rainbow Ends”

New members are always welcome, but particularly this year as we hope 2020 will see the society begin operating. The membership page of this website has details and prices.

Floods at Rowsley

by David Willmott on December 13, 2019

Readers may recall the flooding that affected several areas of the U.K. in November 2019. Rowsley was affected when the river Derwent broke its banks. A full account will appear in the next issue of “Where the Rainbow Ends”, the quarterly magazine distributed free to alrs members but to whet your appetite here is a view taken of our main line at Rowsley.