New Station Building at Wirksworth
The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Association has been in the process of constructing a brand new station building at Wirksworth in Midland Railway style. This 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 wagons, but which was a safety hazard.
Since 2000, the development of the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway 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 and catering.
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.
This project has two main aims, relating to our charitable objectives of conserving and displaying our heritage collection of railway items, plus providing a better and more enjoyable experience for visitors.
As a secondary goal, the building will concentrate eight 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.
The building will be 4,683 square feet in total and will eventually provide the following:
Cafe to seat 64 covers
Associated kitchen and servery area
Booking Office and Gift Shop
Ladies, Gents and Disabled toilet facilities
An open space to include a museum, book shop, information centre and model railway layout
Museum, Toilets & Association's Shop
Kitchens & Cafeteria
Gift Shop &
We need your help!
The total cost of the building will be £500,000.
£150,000 of which, is required before phase 2 of the station building can begin. Phase 2 will include our new catering facilities.
Your regular contributions really help speed the development of this project.
Please choose from one of the options below and receive several benefits.
£5 per month (25 regular monthly donations) or lump sum or £125.
Name on roll of honour. One year membership of EVRA.
DMU Cab ride to Duffield or Cab ride on the incline (Steam)
£10 per month (25 regular monthly donations) or lump sum of £250.
Name on roll of honour plus three years membership of EVRA.
Footplate ride to Duffield – Steam or Diesel.
£20 per month (25 regular monthly donations) or lump sum or £500.
Name on roll of honour plus five years membership of EVRA.
Two hour steam footplate experience.
£50 per month (25 regular monthly donations) or lump sum or £1,250.
Name on roll of honour plus Life membership of EVRA.
A coach for friends and family on an evening Steam Train to Duffield with train (from 2019)
Special guest at official opening.
Please consider donating via one of the following methods.
Your donation will certainly help to move this project forward.
Thanking you in anticipation for your generous donation.
Lump sum donation:
For a lump sum please use the online donation form on this page.
To pay monthly and set up a standing order, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Donate by SMS text message:
For smaller one-off donations:
£5 - text NEWBUILD 5
£10 - text NEWBUILD 10
£20 - text NEWBUILD 20
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