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Thursday, November 29th, 2018

Before you get to read this elsewhere, this is to confirm that the assets of the DDNGR are leaving the Rowsley site of Peak Rail.

Our own plans for the re-creation of the Ashover Butts scene continue, unaffected by the DDNGR’s departure.

Further details and photos will follow.

Sunday July 1st

Friday, June 29th, 2018

To mark thr 50th anniversary of the  closure of the former Midland Railway north of Matlock, all tge groups resident at Rowsley  currently will be participating in an open day from 11.00 until 17.00 with the opportunity to look behind the scenes.

Sunday June 17th 2018 (Peak Bus Gathering)

Monday, June 4th, 2018

This event is being staged at Rowsley again this year and we hope to be able to operate some demonstration trains on our lines.

Please make an effort to attend.

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