1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 19th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th December
Come and see Santa on our cosy warm trains as you travel to the North Pole and back on the "North Pole Express". A present is guaranteed for every child, and refreshments served before you board in "Santa's Refreshment Area".
The aim of the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Association 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 2002.
News and Updates
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'.
Official Opening - Wirksworth Station Building - Phase 1 - 9th October 2019
New Wirksworth Station Building
In early 2017, Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Association, paid for the removal of a hazardous dust dock at Wirksworth Station presenting us with a flat area close to platform 1, and paving the way for construction to begin on a much-needed brand new Station Building.
With the help of generous donations, member subscriptions, customer purchases and a grant, work has progressed over the last two years resulting in the recent opening of a new multi-purpose building, just behind Platform 1.
The building, based on the 'Midland Railway' design with canopies, brick base and timber construction fits neatly into the heritage model of both the station and EVRA.
Outdated facilities will eventually be replaced with a Cafe, Booking Office and Gift Shop. The new Museum, Book Shop, Information Centre and Toilets will be opening later this year, whilst the model railway is being re-located to the former museum coach.
Disability access has also been carefully considered throughout.
Important Legacy to Fund Projects on Heritage Line - Received 8th August 2016
The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Association - the charitable arm of the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway (Wirksworth to Duffield branch line) - has received a substantial legacy from the estate of retired farmer Samual Winfield.
Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T 'Cathryn' Restoration (ongoing)
EVRA has been working hard to complete the restoration of the iconic Hudswell Clarke steam engine 0-6-0 'Cathryn'. Work is currently progressing well in a bid to get the locomotive up fully restored and running again.
Keep up-to-date with current progress and its history 'here'.
Coach Restoration - 2013 (ongoing)
Three coaches were acquired in 2013 which have now been fully and sympathetically restored. A fourth coach acquired in 2016 is currently undergoing significant restoration and should be ready to roll in the Autumn.
Take a look at our collection and their history 'here'.