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The ALRS now has a Facebook page under construction.  Please visit and “like” us.

ALRS forum

An opportunity for you to ask questions about the railway, its history and the proposed revival. (Note that you will need to register with the Yahoo forum)


North East Derbyshire Industrial Archaeological Society.  Devoted to study and promotion of the rich and varied industrial archaeology of the area; railways, roads, canals, industry etc.

Kent & East Sussex Railway

A preserved standard gauge line running through Kent countryside, originally managed by Ashover Light Railway engineer Colonel Holman F. Stephens.

The Colonel Stephens Railway Museum

A railway museum dedicated to the career of Colonel F. Stephens, engineer to the ALR.

The Amerton Railway

Narrow Gauge Railway Museum

The Narrow Gauge Railway Museum is home to many relics of British narrow gauge lines, including the ALR. In its collection are nameplates and worksplates from Ashover locomotives, as well as lineside signs and PEGGY’s whistle.

Leighton Buzzard Railway

Like the Ashover, the Leighton Buzzard Railway was built with materials and equipment that were surplus from the 2-foot gauge supply lines of the First World War trenches, and still has locomotives and rolling stock from that era. Baldwin 4-6-0 (as used on the ALR) no. 778 owned by the Greensand Railway Museum Trust officially entered service on August 19th 2007. On 19th April 2008 was chartered by the ALRS on a members day out.

Colonel Stephens Society

The Colonel Stephens Society is an organisation dedicated to Colonel Stephens and the railways he was associated with.

Launceston Steam Railway

A 2 ft gauge railway, steam operated, running from the Cornish town of Launceston.

Thetford & District Model Railway Society

This society has, under construction, a 16mm live steam layout based on the Ashover Light Railway.

Ashover, The Local Channel

An informative site for the local residents of Ashover.

Old Poets’ Corner - Ashover

Location for ALRS’ 1st AGM in May 2007. Delightful pub in the centre of the village and at the top of the bridleway that leads to Salters Lane. Serves Real Ale made at their own Ashover Brewery. These are generally named with an ALR link.

Ashover in 009 scale

Fallgate is an 009 layout representing Fallgate station and yard on the Ashover Light Railway some time in the late 1930’s. This means that it is constructed to a scale of 4mm/ft (1:76) which is the UK’s 00 gauge, to a track gauge of 9mm, hence 009. This gauge scales to 2′3″ but is used by modellers to represent narrow gauges from 60cm to 2′6″

Fallgate was created by Brian Love, a member of the 009 Society, and since 1998 it has been extensively exhibited throughout Southern and Eastern England.

Heritage railways website.

An independent guide to the entire heritage railway scene (including tramways and preserved steam trains) in the UK and Ireland.


  • 169 heritage railway attractions listed by name or map location.
  • Events Diary showing events for all heritage railways for the next 2 to 3 months.
  • Websites Database with over 700 entries.
  • Locomotives Database with nearly 3,000 entries, including over 900 photographs.
  • Railway Glossary with over 950 entries.