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The Ghost Train Through The Countryside

Friday 29th, to Sunday 31st October 2021

From the creators of our popular summer and Christmas shows comes a spooktacular evening ride through the valley for Halloween.

Introduction

The aim of the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Association (EVRA) is to support the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway by providing volunteers to help with its operation and maintenance.

Plus to protect and provide an educational and fun interpretation of the historical interest to both 'EVRA' members and the general public.

The Association itself was formed in 1997 and became a charitable company, limited by guarantee in 2004.

Latest News

No.3 'Brian Harrison' returns to traffic - 3rd September 2021

After several months of hard work by our volunteers, Andrew Barclay locomotive No.3 'Brian Harrison' has been brought back into traffic with its first outing since its overhaul on Friday 3rd of September at the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway's 'Steam in the Valley' event where it undertook a mix of passenger train working on the Ravenstor incline and freight demonstration trains at Wirksworth.

Take a look at the work done by our volunteers to overhaul this locomotive 'here'.

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Bric-a-Brac Sale - 28th, 29th & 30th August 2021
 

The bric a brac sale went well, with £750 raised to date and more to come from some silver, records, a watch and some specialist items, although there were moments of panic in the days leading up to the Bank Holiday. A couple of volunteers and I had the end of the sorting and pricing in sight until the final rush of donations which more than trebled what we already had dealt with. Luckily, two stalwarts spent a day sorting out the new donations and then another day pricing them,  including identifying the valuable items. A marquee was erected next to the Museum and shop and proved a very prominent attraction. Thanks are due to all those who helped by:-

  • donating the items

  • sorting and pricing them

  • erecting and taking down the marquee

  • transporting the items from storage to the marquee

  • spent three days selling

  • returning to help sort out the remaining items after it was over.

Many of these volunteers, who helped to make it all happen, appear in more than one category, which shows how essential and multi-talented our volunteers are!

Thank you to those who have donated items of bric-a-brac to us in the past, unfortunately, we are no longer in a position to accept future donations. We will continue to accept any donations of books.

Cathryn's boiler returns to the railway - 16th March 2021

'Cathryn', the Association's third locomotive which is currently under restoration has had its boiler return to the railway and reintegrated with the rest of the locomotive following restoration work on the boiler to bring it back into working condition.

Take a look at the latest pictures 'here'.

All back together again!
All back together again!

Photo Credit: Nathan Cooke

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boiler being lifted
boiler being lifted

Photo Credit: Nathan Cooke

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All back together again!
All back together again!

Photo Credit: Nathan Cooke

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No. 3 Water tank and cab refitted - 24th February 2021

No. 3 "Brian Harrison" has had its water tank and cab roof refitted following the boiler being reintegrated into the frames after its overhaul.
 
The fresh cladding has been wrapped around the boiler and the boiler clothing has been repainted and fitted around the boiler over the cladding. Now this has been done, it was then in a condition to have the water tank and cab roof refitted.

Take a look at No.3 having its water tank and cab roof being refitted at Wirksworth 'here'.

Water tank going on
Water tank going on

Photo Credit: Nathan Cooke

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Cab roof going on
Cab roof going on

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Henry Ellison performing shunting duties.
Henry Ellison performing shunting duties.

Photo Credit: Nathan Cooke

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Water tank going on
Water tank going on

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Children's Playground Refurbishment - 18th October 2020

 

The children’s playground at Wirksworth Station, home of the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway has been refurbished and improved with money given as a grant from Derbyshire Dales local amenities fund.

The work on the playground, carried out by railway volunteers, has included new fencing for the playground area, the creation of a sensory garden at the approach to the playground, improvement to the play apparatus and the complete renewal of the bark chips covering the site, as well as improvements to the picnic area.

Children's play area
Children's play area

Photo Credit: Mick Kingsley

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Children's play area
Children's play area

Photo Credit: Tony Faulkner

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Children's play area garden
Children's play area garden

Photo Credit: Tony Faulkner

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Children's play area
Children's play area

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We are doing the final works to complete the refurbishment and it will be re-opening as the railway re-opens.  Further information about train times, tickets etc. on the EVR website 'here'.

 

A sensory garden has been developed by the approach path to the playground. Plants that have a strong smell and are pleasant to the touch have been included. As the years go by and the plants grow, this will be a delightful addition to the station site at Wirksworth.

Shottle Signal Box Installation - 12th June 2020

The ex-Oddingley Signal box which was brought to the railway in 2016, has now been lifted and installed into its final position at Shottle station. EVRA has received several donations to help finance this project.

More information about this project and how to help us can be found 'here'. A collection of photos of the lift can be found 'here'. 

No. 3 Boiler Returned After Overhaul - 27th February 2020

No. 3 "Brian Harrison" has had its boiler returned following overhaul after its 10-year boiler ticket had expired towards the end of 2019.The boiler has been re-tubed and has been upgraded to a higher boiler pressure of 180 psi from its original 160 psi.

Take a look at No.3 having its boiler returned and fitted to the chassis at Wirksworth 'here'.

Photo Credit: Nathan Cooke

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Photo Credit: Nathan Cooke

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Photo Credit: Nathan Cooke

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Photo Credit: Nathan Cooke

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No. 3 "Brian Harrison" Boiler lift for Overhaul - 10th December 2019

No. 3 "Brian Harrison" has had its boiler removed following the expiration of its 10-year boiler certificate. The boiler has been sent away to an external contractor for inspection and repair. The rest of the locomotive back at the railway will also be examined and any necessary repairs and replacements of parts will be carried out.

Take a look at No.3 being dismantled and the lifting of the boiler 'here'.

Lifting the water tank
Lifting the water tank

Photo Credit: Nathan Cooke

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All hands to the pumps
All hands to the pumps

Photo Credit: Nathan Cooke

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All in bits and pieces.
All in bits and pieces.

Photo Credit: Nathan Cooke

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Lifting the water tank
Lifting the water tank

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Henry Ellison Boiler Repairs Completed - October 2019

Henry Ellison has been reassembled following its boiler repairs after the discovery of 4-6 broken stay rivets between the inner and outer firebox. Donations from members and visitors have accelerated this work without compromising the progress on other projects. The locomotive passed its steam test following the boilers inspectors visit. The locomotive will now be ready to perform its duties for the Shottle Shuttle services which take place at weekends throughout November. 

Take a look at Henry being reassembled 'here'.

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