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 rail trucks, but which was a safety hazard.
Since 2000, the development of the heritage railway - Ecclesbourne Valley Railway - (on the old branch line), 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.
The 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
We need your help!
We need your help to raise £500,000 for the construction of this new building.
£150,000 of which, is required before phase 2 of the station building can begin which will include our new catering facilities.
Your regular contributions, would help speed the development of the project.
Please choose from one of the options below to make monthly donations for 25 months, or an equivalent lump sum, hopefully 'Gift Aided'.
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