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June 2020 updates

Thursday, June 11th, 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

Friday, March 27th, 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

Thursday, March 19th, 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

Tuesday, March 17th, 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.


Wednesday, January 1st, 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

Friday, December 13th, 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.

December ALRS tote

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

The draw for the society’s tote took place at the December trustee’s meeting, and the results are below

1. AE £42.75

2. GL £25.65

3. ML £17.10

New members are always welcome. You can find an application form on the membership page of this website.


Thursday, September 19th, 2019

Our merchandise catalogue and order form have been revised (September 2019) to take account of the stock we currently hold….. and to include our brand new 2019 CHRISTMAS CARDS.
We anticipate that the cards will be particularly good sellers, so get your orders in early!

ALRS Tote September 2019 draw

Friday, September 13th, 2019

The result of the September 2019 draw is as follows

1. DV of Chesterfield £42.75

2. JW of New Zealand £25.65

3. J & I L of Chesterfield £17.10

The tote is open to all who wish to support the ALRS financially. Forms can be downloaded from the membership page of this website.

Where to meet us this summer

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

1. Cromford Steam Rally ( on August 3rd & 4th open 8.30 Sat and 8.00 Sun. Please note that this event takes place near Tansley rather than Cromford!

2. Peak Rail Steam and Diesel Gala on August 10th & 11th. We will have our Rowsley site open, and hopefully be running as well.

3. Ashover Show. August 14th. Always a popular event whatever the weather. As the “local” show for the railway we usually have a good turnout.

4. Woolley Moor Show. August 17th. Another local, well attended and popular show.