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Richard Booth R.I.P.

Monday, February 26th, 2024

It is with great regret that we announce the death of our late chairman and (very) active volunteer Richard Booth on February 24th.

Richard was known by many for his wise words and philosophical approach to life, exemplified by his resilience and acceptance of his condition over the last two months.

His contribution to the ALRS was unparalleled and he will be sadly missed by us all.

December 2023 update

Saturday, December 2nd, 2023

Well, it’s been a while. Despite the radio silence here online, progress has been going very well over the past months, particularly in the workshops where three of our five locos have received attention. Take, for example, last Saturday:

Even with a team of only three, we successfully managed to reinstall both drive chains; the large and small air tanks; the middle dividing wall; the fan; the battery; and the throttle/reverser control on ex-NCB Hunslet ‘Linby’. The chains took up most of the morning as the loco had to be jacked up in order to independently rotate the rear axle.

All of this work is part of the heavy overhauls that both the Ruston (260712) and Hunslet (8917) have been receiving over the past year, bringing them up to passenger-carrying standards in preparation for next year.

Spondon has also had a bit of a ‘birthday’, in the form of a new Air Compressor. This will be followed by the rest of the air brake fittings once the two Diesels are back in action.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg of what’s been going on. For a more in-depth report, keep an eye out for the Winter Edition of our WTRE magazine, which you can access by signing up as a member of the ALRS. Better still, join us as a volunteer to come and see the progress for yourself: we’d greatly appreciate the help.

2023 Annual General Meeting

Sunday, August 27th, 2023

Members will shortly be receiving formal notice of this year’s annual general meeting. However, to give prior notice:-

Saturday 30 September at 1 p.m.

At the Rowsley site.

Members are encouraged to attend if possible, but the papers will include a proxy voting form and full details.

(If you are interested in joining (rejoining/renewing) membership you can find the forms in the membership page of this site. Any memberships will not expire until January 2025, i.e. 14 months membership for the price of twelve.

Progress on the northern extension.

Sunday, March 5th, 2023
Good progress again yesterday (4/3/23) at Rowsley, despite the slightly colder temperatures. All of the new track up to the first turnout of the triangle has been ‘jacked and packed’ so should be all clear for running trains on. Thanks again to Longcliffe Quarries for providing the ballast!

A further panel of rail has also been bent and fishplated, although some final adjustments to the radius is still needed. Approximately half of the old path to the station has been lifted, with three piles of paving slabs available so far for our future revamped station platform.
The workshop has also seen activity, with various tasks including painting of components and some more work on the steam system for our Sentinel being completed.
Finally, all of the pandrols on the original section of mainline have checked over and the odd one or two that had come loose have been refitted.
Write-up and pictures courtesy of L Renshaw.

Advance notice of 2022 AGM

Thursday, September 8th, 2022

The annual general meeting of the ALRS will be held on Saturday October 15th, starting at 14.00

The meeting will be held in the society’s Rowsley workshops. Seating is limited, so it is suggested that attendees bring along their own seating.

As usual, after the meeting there will be ample opportunities to examine the progress that the society has made at the Rowsley site.

Operating at Rowsley

Thursday, August 18th, 2022

Rowsley1-5 copyright Luke Renshaw/ALRS
Rowsley 6-9 copyright Alexander Peat/ALRS


ALRS battery electric locomotive Spondon waits for passengers.


The merchandise stall was thankfully in the shade under the gazebo!


Posters directed visitors to the ALRS display.


Spondon and Linby topping and tailing

Ruston on a demonstration freight


Awaiting passengers


The original ALR never operated exNCB locomotives, but has they been available surely Col. Stephens would have considered them.


A demonstration freight outside the ALR’s workshops.


The ALRS Ruston locomotive at the head of a demonstration freight.

Peak Rail’s mixed traffic gala (August 12-14)

Friday, August 12th, 2022

The Ashover Light Railway will be operating trains this weekend.

Hopefully we will be able to publish photos of this event in the coming days.

March 2022 tote results

Friday, March 4th, 2022

The draw for the March tote was as follows

1. CB of W Sussex wins £36.75

2. DB of East Bridgford wins £22.05

3  AE of Stocksbridge wins £14.70

Congratulations to all the winners. New members of the tote are always welcome. An application form can be found on the membership page of this website.


Sunday, December 19th, 2021

Just a brief note to alert our followers that the 2022 calendars are now sold out. The merchandise pages will be amended to show this.

November 2021

Monday, November 1st, 2021

ALRS members should have recently received issue 60 of Where The Rainbow Ends, the quarterly journal of the Society.

Inside you will find a report of this year’s AGM held at our Rowsley site. The rain held off for long enough to enable this to take place outdoors, with social distancing easy to achieve. After the main business part of the agenda was concluded members were able to witness the first public outing of the Jaywick locomotive under its own power. (Admittedly this was by courtesy of compressed air, progress towards steam operation continues)

October saw the Society’s first presence of the year at an external event in 2021 as all local shows etc. have been victims of the Covid pandemic. The event was organised by Ashover Parish Council, the Ashover History/Artefacts/Memorabilia exhibition in the parish hall. This was a well attended event.