Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

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Ecclesbourne Valley Railway
Class 489 no. 489107 at Wirksworth on 17th April 2003. This unit was previously used by Gatwick Express until retirement from service in 2002. It was donated to the railway by Porterbrook Leasing.
Locale Derbyshire, England
Stations 3 (to be 5)
Operator(s) WyvernRail plc
Ecclesbourne Valley Railway
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Cromford and High Peak Railway
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Stoneycroft Quarry
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Coldwell Street
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Gorsey Bank
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Rood Lane
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A517 Ashbourne Lane
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King Street
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To Belper
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The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway is a heritage railway in Derbyshire. Its operations are based at Wirksworth station. It is currently planned to extend the railway along the former Midland Railway branch line which joined the main-line at Duffield.

When complete it will be one of the few Heritage Railways that operates a whole branch line in its original form and entire length.

The line is operated by diesel locomotives, which haul former multiple unit trailer cars and also uses heritage diesel multiple units.

History[change | change source]

Origin[change | change source]

The "Wirksworth Branch" was the product of early nineteenth century railway rivalry. Since 1835 Wirksworth's citizens had been promoting the idea for a branch line from the North Midland Railway (later the Midland Railway) at Duffield. The Midland was initially uninterested, but then realised that the branch could be extended to Rowsley. This was difficult, but the branch could avoid the section from Ambergate, on its Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midlands Junction Railway, which was shared with its rival the London and North Western Railway.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. Sprenger, Howard (2004). The Wirksworth Branch. London: Oakwood Press. ISBN 0-85361-625-6.