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Introduction

The aim of the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Association is to support the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway by providing the voluntary workforce for operations and maintenance and protecting and interpreting the historical interest to visitors in a manner which is both educational and fun for the members of the Association and the general public.

The association was formed in 1997 and became a charitable company limited by guarantee in 2002.

Find out about the projects we have supported and our current progress on our projects page.

Association's Events 2018

Click to see these and all the railways other events together.
  • Jazz and Real Ale on Easter Saturday
    Saturday 31st March - Wirksworth at 7pm.
  • Cider with Rosie
    Saturday 8th September - Wirksworth at 7pm.
    Steam hauled return trip with a selection of draught ciders - Tickets £19. Download the leaflet

The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Association plan to construct a brand new station building at Wirksworth,, in Midland Railway style, which will incorporate all our visitor facilities in one accessible building and provide better display space for our railway heritage collection and storage for our archive.

In the late 1960’s the Station Building at Wirksworth on the Duffield Branch Line was demolished to make way for a dust dock which allowed stone to be tipped from lorries into rail trucks, but which was a safety hazard.

Since 2000, the development of the heritage railway, Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, (on the old branch line), has relied on a collection of Portacabins, containers and railway coaches to house an interpretative display and museum, an interactive model railway exhibit, information displays, toilets, shop, catering etc. All of these structures are deteriorating, most are not easily accessible, the facilities are inadequate for the increasing numbers of visitors and our archives and displays are at risk in the coach where they are housed.

In early 2017, the Association paid for the removal of the dust dock, leaving a large flat area, which would be ideal for a new station building, adjacent to Platform 1.

The project has two main aims, relating to our charitable objectives of conserving and displaying our heritage collection of railway items and providing a better and more enjoyable experience for visitors.

As a secondary goal, the building will concentrate 8 different facilities under one roof, enabling all of them to be upgraded to provide a much better experience for visitors and better working conditions for volunteers.

We need your help to raise £320,000 for the construction of this new building. Your regular contributions, would help speed the development of the project.

Current station area

Help us to replace this...

New station building

...with this.

You can Choose from one of the options below to make monthly donations for 25 months or an equivalent lump sum, hopefully Gift Aided. As a thank you for your generosity you will receive the following benefits:

Fundraising activities

  • Steam engine driving experiences
    See the experiences page for details, available dates and to buy online!
  • 100 club
    Download the leaflet for more information. View the results here.
  • Steam on the incline
    We will be operating steam services on the Ravenstor incline on select dates during 2018. Call 01629 823076 for information.
    View the general timetable (including all services).
  • EVRA shop
    At Wirksworth Station. Selling second hand books, railwayana and new Bachmann model railway items. Read more
  • Association membership
    View benefits and become a member today.
  • Our events
    See the box on this page above/right.
  • The Weather Lottery
    Support us by playing EVRA Lottery with TheWeatherLottery.com.
The organisation

The Association is a charitable membership organisation formed as a company limited by guarantee and is governed by its Memorandum and Articles of Association. Each principal member of the Association is, therefore a member of the company and has a right to attend and vote at the company general meetings. Members support the Association by volunteering their services free, by paying an annual subscription and by making donations.

Objectives

The main charitable objectives of the Association are:

  • to restore, renovate, preserve, maintain and operate the railway between Duffield and Ravenstor Stations, as a working heritage railway, for the enjoyment of the general public, providing both educational and entertainment activities The Association continues to support specific projects undertaken by WyvernRail plc, which in the Trustees' opinion are in line with the Association’s charitable activities.
  • to restore, renovate, preserve and maintain artefacts and other heritage features connected with the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway
  • Purchase, restoration and maintenance of heritage railway rolling stock
  • The Association continues to support specific projects undertaken by WyvernRail plc, which are in line with the Association’s charitable activities.
150th Anniversary Model Railway Wagon

EVRA has commissioned a 00 scale wagon from Bachmann to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the opening of the Duffield to Wirksworth Branch and the 20th Anniversary of the founding of EVRA.

The wagon is in the livery of Swift Hazelwood. Herbert Swift was Station Master at Hazelwood from 1890 to 1926 and the family were also coal merchants and owned two wagons, the subject of the model.

Now in stock - It is a limited edition of 504; each with an individually numbered information certificate. It is priced at £16.50 collected from the EVRA Shop at Wirksworth or £20 including P&P. The wagon can be preordered using form available at the EVRA Shop or by downloading the form here or buying online with PayPal below: (please ensure your PayPal address is correct if using a PayPal account)

Exclusive Bachmann 00 Gauge Wagon

Exclusive Bachmann 00 Gauge Wagon

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*Wyvernrail PLC kindly hosts the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Association's (EVRA) web pages however Wyvernrail PLC and EVRA are independent legal entities. WyvernRail PLC, Ecclesbourne Valley Railway. Wirksworth Station, Coldwell Street, Wirksworth, Derbyshire. DE4 4FB. 01629 823076. © 2017