Raising funds is an integral part of any charity. Without these vital funds from public donations and grants from outside organisations the charity could not offer the support it gives to the running of the railway.
Below are examples of the types of activities that EVRA participates in and how you can help.
Steam Engine Driving Experience
Ever wanted to drive a steam locomotive? Now is your chance!!
We have two options available:
A one hour experience for £160 and a two hour experience for £220.
See the 'Footplate Experiences' page for details, dates and to book online!
Steam on the incline
We will be operating steam services on the 'Ravenstor Incline' that takes on a fearsome 1 in 27 gradient, the steepest railway passenger service ascent in the country. Our steam engines 'Henry Ellison' and 'Brian Harrison' are often featured on this run.
Several dates will be available in 2019, please call 01629 823076, or see the general timetable, available 'here' for more detail.
Help support EVRA with a chance to win prizes! A single entry
costs just £1 per month (payable quarterly) of which half goes towards EVRA's current projects, with the other half getting placed
in the prize pot.
More entries mean bigger prizes and more chances of winning!
There are quarterly prize draws, plus a 'super' prize draw in December.
Download the leaflet 'here'.
The Weather Lottery
Support us by playing EVRA Lottery - in conjunction with
The Weather Lottery.
Click 'here' to play.
Locomotive and Carriage Club
EVRA's third locomotive 'Cathryn' is undergoing restoration and a further Mark 1 Coach is in need of considerable restoration.
With the restoration of Barclay Tank Engines Henry Ellison and Brian Harrison now complete, additional funding is required for the maintenance, upkeep, boiler inspections, certificate renewal and overhauls for both engines.
Help fund these projects either as a one-off or monthly donation by downloading the form ‘here’ and indicating which project(s) you would like to support.
EVRA holds a wide range of fundraising events throughout the year.
These include a 'Diesel Gala', steam-hauled 'Evening Land Cruises', such as 'Jazz & Ale', 'Cider with Rosie' and, 'Jazz on the Rails' special excursions, a 'Ghosts in the Valley' evening (for those that dare!), a magical 'Santa' experience and many more, with something special happening on every Bank Holiday.
Tickets for many events are available to book online.
Situated at Wirksworth Station and located directly on Platform 1, our shop is well stocked with second-hand books, a wide range of Railway 'memorabilia' and 'Railwayana', including new 'Bachmann' Model Railway items.
The shop also stocks a limited edition '00' Gauge Wagon, which is on sale exclusively to EVRA members and customers.
Visit our 'shop' page for more details of this and other great offers.
All donations are very much appreciated.
Every penny of your donation goes towards the upkeep and development of the railway.
Please use this online form to make a general donation. (You can donate by Card or Paypal.)