The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Association is the railway's charity, (formed in 1997 and becoming a charitable company limited by guarantee in 2002) that works with the railway's operating company towards the charities objectives:
- To restore, renovate, preserve, maintain and operate the railway between wash green, wirksworth and the national stone centre, as a working heritage railway.
- To restore, renovate, preserve and maintain artefacts and other heritage features connected with the ecclesbourne valley railway along its entire length. (artefacts to include inter alia rolling stock, buildings and engineering equipment).
Important Legacy to Fund Projects on Heritage Line - 8th August 2016
The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Association, the charitable arm of the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway (EVR) (Wirksworth to Duffield branch line) has received a substantial legacy from the estate of retired farmer Samuel Winfield.
During his teenage years, Sam lived close to the Ecclesbourne Valley line and greatly enjoyed travelling on it. In the later years of his life, Sam was delighted to once again ride along the line. He was very impressed by all the hard work done by the Association’s volunteers to get the line back into use and wanted to play a part in ensuring the line’s continuing success. Sam indicated in his will that the money he left us should be spent on projects for the railway and to further our charitable objectives. These include the maintenance of the track and the maintenance of rolling stock and equipment. This totally unexpected legacy will enable the EVR to leap forward several years and to accomplish items on the railway’s wish list.
EVRA’s main priority is to finish the restoration of Hudswell Clarke steam engine 0-6-0 Cathryn and to have her running next year in time for the 150th Anniversary celebrations. The legacy has already enabled the purchase of a BSK Brake Coach from the Mid-Norfolk Railway so that the Association’s set of coaches can run as a set on the EVR.
The Association will fund the materials and equipment to improve the track over a five-year programme. Plans for a secure steam engine shed and facilities, including a public viewing walkway are being drawn-up and there is the possibility of removing the dust dock adjacent to platform 1 at Wirksworth. In addition it is hoped that it will be possible to upgrade the electricity supply at Wirksworth to accommodate an increased level of demand. Other projects are under discussion.
Duffield Booking Hall - Progress August 2016
Construction of the new Duffield booking hall / waiting room has now been completed and handed over ready for interior fitting. Our project team has also laid a new tarmac pathway from the Network Rail side of the railway and also made a new picket fence to enhance the whole area.
Race Night April 9th
This was held at the Malt Shovel and raised £407 Thanks are due to all those who sponsored the races, jockeys etc and also the prizes (bottles of wine) and to those who came on the night and had an enjoyable evening.
Bric a brac sale May Day Bank Holiday weekend
Everything from a hippopotamus big enough to sit on, two drums, children’s games, plant pots, glassware, a nest of tables and hundreds of other items were sold to raise £551 so far with some items waiting to be sold at auction. Our thanks are due to all those who have donated items over the last year (and those who have been able to gift aid their donations, bringing in another £100 in due course), and to those who came and bought too.
Steam hauled Jazz and Real Ale Night
This saw the launch of the newly restored SO coach, with bar. It was a great success – all seats were sold and after the costs a profit of over £200 was made and bookings were taken for the Steam Hauled Cheese and Wine evening on July 30th.
Annual Wirksworth Model Railway Exhibition
Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th October 2016
Big trains and little trains feature in this annual Model Railway event organised by the railway which takes place in the town.
The Exhibition is located in three venues around Wirksworth: the Town Hall, the Parish Rooms and the Memorial Hall. The Venues are sign posted and there is a map in the free guide. There is a lift in the Town Hall which can be used by wheelchair users and the other two venues are on the flat. There is Free Parking at Wirksworth station. Diesel railcars will be operating between Wirksworth and Duffield and there will be a steam service to Ravenstor.
There will also be a half price book sale in the EVRA shop at Wirksworth station.
Exhibition Opening times: Saturday: 10.00am-5.00pm. Sunday 10.00am-4.30pm
Exhibition admission: Adults £5.00 Concessions £4.00 Children £4.00 Family £11.00 - there will be reductions on train fares for holders of exhibition tickets.