Duffield Booking Hall
During 2016 a new and much improved booking hall was constructed at Duffield station after a fund raising campaign.
This marked the move from the basic facilities that had been provided since the line from Wirksworth had been reopened in 2011 into a new, purpose-built facility that provides a shop, shelter and the potential for catering facilities in the future.
It opened in time for the 2017 operating season.
Starting in March 2015, the project took a sub-group just a year to raise the £25,000 required for a purpose built structure which has now been erected. The money was raised principally through donations, (augmented by Gift Aid). Association volunteers have painted the building, laid paths and fit out the interior of the building.
On Wednesday October 19th 2016 in front of an expected crowd of Volunteers, Civic Dignitaries and invited guests our new Booking Hall/Waiting Room at Duffield Station was offically opened at 12 Noon by Mr. Norman Boulton who has been kind enough to be heavily involved in our new building and has been our major benefactor with the project.
Hudswell-Clarke 0-6-0T: 102 Cathryn
This colliery locomotive arrived at the railway in 2007 and is now under restoration.
Henry Ellison and Brian Harrison
These two tank engines arrived at Wirksworth in 2005 and have since been restored into operational use - used for driver experiences and propelling a carriage up the Ravenstor incline.
Three coaches were acquired in 2013 which have been restored and a forth acquired in 2016 is currently under restoration.
A short Narrow gauge line has been laid in the yard at Wirksworth Station; open to the public during some special events, the journey gives a view of the railway yard. The project was supported by the Derbyshire Aggregate Levy Grant Fund and the Derbyshire Dales District Council. It opened in 2009.
Lesley The Lister
26288 was built in 1944 and was an 'R' Type J.A.P 6HP petrol engined version fitted with extra wide tyres to suit 23-24" gauge.
It was supplied new to Stoke on Trent Corporation, Newstead sludge disposal plant, Blurton.
Rebuilt with Lister single diesel in 1971. Transferred to Burslem sewage works between Sept 1976 & Sept 1976. In 1967 it was returned to Lister's and was converted to single cylinder diesel power, as it still is today, and returned to work before being withdrawn in October 1975.
Sometime later it was transferred to the Westport Plants Depot at Burslem where the canopy was removed. (to be fitted to 35811)
Sold to Rich Morris between 8/81 and 26/3/82 and via Brian Gent to the late Copper Beech Light Railway as CBNGR No.1 on 19/10/94 where it was run and worked on until it was fully restored and later sold to Rich Morris again via Brian Gent.
Later acquired by Nottingham Museum Service, Woolaton Hall from the Nottingham Corporation Sewage Works at Stoke Bardolph. The planned narrow gauge scheme in the park was abandoned and in June 2005 226288 was presented to the EVRA Wirksworth.
The Man Rider arrived at the EVR in December 2008 having been modified by Alan Keef Ltd for use on repairs to the Woodhead Tunnel in the Peak District. EVRA bought it when its work was finished and Alan Keef Ltd fitted air brakes to meet HMRI requirements.
The Narrow Gauge Track was laid over a standard gauge track that emerged from the tunnel connecting the railway yard to Dale Limestone Quarry. Also a narrow gauge railway fed from the Baileycroft Quarry in mid Wirksworth emerged from a tunnel and disgorged limestone into standard gauge wagons from the old trackbed atop of the extant stone wall adjacent to the line below.
EVRA Shop, Wirksworth
The EVRA shop on platform I at Wirksworth (bookshop) is open on days when trains are running. There are over 500 second-hand books and leaflets relating to various forms of transport, mostly railways but also buses, trams and others.
There is also a range of new books including Shire Transport titles as well as local historical maps and new railway CDs.
A varied selection of Bachmann and Graham Farish model railway items including landscape and Tidy Track are also stocked. All items are at least 15% off the recommended retail price and after 8 weeks in stock another 5% is taken of all prices.
The association helped reopen the half mile line from Wirksworth station to Ravenstor - the 1 in 27 incline opened in September 2005. The building of the new platform at the top of the incline was supported by a grant from the Derbyshire Aggregate Levy Grant Scheme.