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

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