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!

June 2020 updates

by David Willmott on June 11, 2020

Christmas Card 2020

Christmas may seem a long way away at this time of year, but the Ashover Light Railway’s 2020 Christmas card is now available to purchase.

The card is based on a watercolour painting of a winter scene by the talented railway artist Eric Leslie. It depicts a Baldwin engine approaching Woolley Station on its way to Clay Cross. The “Whistle Board” in the foreground warns drivers of the level crossing over Dark Lane adjacent to the stone house, Brookside Villa, whose occupants shared with the train crew the job of handling the crossing gates.

To purchase the card go to the merchandise section of this website where you will find our merchandise catalogue and order form , or use our sales section of eBay (alrs_sales)

Tote Results

The quarterly tote has been drawn, and the results are shown below

1. KV of Mansfield wins £40.50

2. TG of Alfreton wins £24.30

3. JW of New Zealand wins £16.20

Forms for joining the tote can be found in the membership section of this website.

Progress at Rowsley

The recent easing of lockdown restrictions has allowed a limited amount of progress to be made at Rowsley with tracklaying into the relocated containers, as well as removal of several weeks growth of nettles and similar weeds.

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.

HAPPY NEW YEAR

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.