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Clay Cross library display

Monday, June 4th, 2018

The Society display boards can be found in Clay Cross library until the end of June.

They show a selection of photographs from the society’s archive along with more modern views of the activities at Rowsley, as well as artwork.

Please visit if you can.

Tote results June 2018

Monday, June 4th, 2018

The quarterly draw results for the tote are as follows:-

1. GL of Alfreton wins £36

2. DV of Chesterfield wins £21.60

3. JB of Worksop wins £14.40

New members of the tote are always welcome to subscribe. Full details and an application form can be found on this site.

2018 A.G.M.

Sunday, April 15th, 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.

Thursday, March 15th, 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

Thursday, March 15th, 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

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

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.


Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

Unfortunately we are currently offering a temporary version of our website.

Updates will follow within the next week

ALRS merchandise

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

There have been a few alterations and additions to our merchandise catalogue.

The latest edition, and revised order form, can be downloaded by following the “merchandise” link on the right hand side of this page. The full colour catalogue is in PDF format for speed of downloading but is 1.64Mb long so please be patient if you have a slow connection.

please note also our Ebay sales site alrs_sales

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

The Ashover Light Railway Society


The Ashover Light Railway Society has, since its formation been committed to establishing a suitable base site somewhere along the original track bed from where it could reconstruct a part of that well remembered railway. A complex situation with multiple landowners, however, and only a very few suitable sites, has frustrated the society to date, but efforts are continuing.

Good use has been made of the waiting period, however, with the creation and operation of a successful workshop in Sheffield for the restoration and maintenance of narrow gauge locomotives and rolling stock. Now, as some of those vehicle restorations approach completion, an agreement has been reached, subject to planning approval, to re-locate the workshop onto the site of the Derbyshire Dales Narrow Gauge Railway, at Peak Rail’s Rowsley South complex. A new shed, with rail access to the existing 2ft gauge track there, will allow running facilities for the ALRS’s machines whilst creating much needed servicing facilities for those of the DDNGR.

Peak Rail, DDNGR, and ALRS are now exploring the feasibility of also extending the track and recreating the layout and atmosphere of Ashover Butts, along with such iconic features as a ‘quarry sidings’, turning triangle, and the much loved ‘Where the Rainbow Ends’ Café.

Richard Booth


6 June 2014

June 2014 updates

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

We have just completed another successful exhibition about the railway at Clay Cross library.  This year, appropriately, part o the display was devoted to the ALR’s legacy from WW1.

We have been invited to display again in May 2015.

The ALRS sales stand is on its travels again this month, and will be apparing on Sunday June 15th at the Rowsley bus rally on Peak Rail’s site.

Last month saw a well attended society AGM at which members were appraised of the exciting times ahead. WATCH THIS SPACE for full details.