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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.

ALRS tote results

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

The June was drawn at this month’s trustees’ meeting and the winners are:-

1. DG of Alfreton  £42.75

2. DW of £25.65

3. AW of Nottingham  £17.10

March 2014 updates

Monday, March 3rd, 2014


At the March committee meeting the following draw was made for the ALRS tote:-

1. J G (Derby) £42.00

2. C B (W Sussex) £25.20

3. S W (Derbys) £16.80

Congratulations to all prize winners. Entry forms are available on the membership page of this website.


The ALRS sales stand will be at Peak Rail’s Rowsley site on March 23rd, not March 16th as previously stated.


The 5th Annual General Meeting of the Society will take place on Saturday 17th May at Ashover Parish Hall (S45 0BA) starting at 1.30 pm.

The Ashover on BBC Radio Derby

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Today (11/2/14) we were featured extensively on Andy Potter’s afternoon broadcast on BBC Radio Derby.

if you missed this you can catch up on and use the “listen again” feature.

The main topic was the restoration of the Spondon locomotive.

Volunteers please

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
Help wanted on the following dates please to assist on our Sales and Information Stand. If you can help whether it be a few hours or the whole day, your help will be most welcome.
2nd March - Derbyshire Dales Narrow Gauge Railway, Rowsley - HST Tour from London. Afternoon
23rd March Derbyshire Dales Narrow Gauge Railway, Rowsley - 34046 Braunton Tour arrives.  Afternoon
12th April - Gauge1 model railway exhibition at the ABC in Bakewell. All day indoors
5th May - Ashover May Day - Church Street Ashover. All day outside
2nd - 3rd August - Cromford Steam Fair. A615 Tansley Crossroads. Al day outdoors
13th August - Ashover Show. Ashover Showground. All day outdoors
16th August - Woolley Moor Show. Jubilee Fields. Back of the White Horse Pub. Woolley Moor Village. Afternoon. DATE TBC.
Many thanks………….
Contact details available in the current edition of WTRE ( or the contact us section of this website)

Workshop activity update

Friday, January 17th, 2014

ALRS member and supporters who have not (yet) been able to volunteer for, or visit, our workshops recently may be interested to view photographs of some of the activity taking place there.

To view the photos, please follow the “gallery” link on the right hand side of this screen, which will lead you to the Flickr site.