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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2018 A.G.M.

by David Willmott on April 15, 2018

Members should by now have received their April edition of WTRE containing notice of the 2018 AGM.

This should serve as a reminder that it is to be held on Saturday May 5th at 1:30 pm in Ashover Parish Hall, S45 0BA.

Members who still need to renew their membership can do so at the meeting. Prospective new members are also welcome.

The sales and display stand will be present with a complete range of ALRS merchandise.

March 2018 quarterly totes results.

by David Willmott on March 15, 2018

The results are:-

1. DG of  Shirland £36

2. DV of Chesterfield £21.60

3. MW of Chesterfield £14.40

We are always looking for extra supporters to join the tote. An application form can be downloaded from following the link to the membership page.

Progress February & March 2018

The weather in early 2018 has not been particularly conducive to work outside. The so called “beast from the east” resulted in a layer of snow over the whole of the Rowsley site, combined with blocked roads that prevented volunteers from reaching the site.

Additionally, as the workshop is unheated, this was a further impediment to progress. However, one of the ex Duxford coaches has been brought into the workshop and stripped down to its framework. This has been de rusted and painted, as well as modified to more resemble an ex ALR coach. As well as attention to the bodywork the mechanics have also received attention. The bogies, for example, have been completely disassembled, de rusted, primed and painted.

Work has also continued on the Jaywick Sentinel with the frames painted and reassembled, and a framework for the cab and body attached.

Hilltop planning permission

You may recall that some time ago there was a proposal to open cast for coal in the Hiiltop area, i.e. to the west of the Pirelli Bridge which would have obliterated part of the trackbed of the Ashover Light Railway. (The developer had offered to reinstate after the coal had been extracted.)

We have recently heard that Derbyshire County Council has  refused planning permission, although the developer could presumably follow the appeal processes.

The section of the ALR east of the Pirelli Bridge was open casted many years ago (well before the ALRS existed), resulting in the complete removal of the approach embankment. The site  of Clay Cross & Egstow station plus the Clay Cross Works has also been redeveloped, removing many traces of Clay Cross’s industrial heritage. Note also that Ogston Reservoir covers part of the old ALR trackbed.


by David Willmott on March 14, 2018

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