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Official Opening Wirksworth Station Building Phase 1 - 9th October 2019

In October 2019, phase 1 of the new station building at Wirksworth built by EVRA, was officially opened by William Tucker, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Derbyshire (and patron of EVRA)  in the presence of representatives from Derbyshire Environment Trust, Tarmac, Wirksworth Town Council and WyvernRailplc, and subscribers to our regular giving appeal.

The building was completed thanks to the help of grant aid from Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund, (facilitated by Derbyshire Environment Trust) a generous legacy and a large number of donations.

It has been a long process, with EVRA funding the removal of the old dust dock, the laying of the foundation for the whole building and then overwinter 2018/2019 the construction of the first phase as money became available and with considerable help from the volunteers who normally restore and maintain coaches, who took on the challenge to learn new skills! Volunteers have also installed the electrics, CCTV etc. The building is lit with LED lights throughout and heated by a heat exchanger, supplying under-floor heating.

The building houses a new museum and the Association’s book and gift shop, both of which are considerably enlarged. The grant-funded among other items secure display cabinets, the installation of which has encouraged people to loan unique items of railway memorabilia for display. The building is based on the design of a Midland Railway Station, like the one which was demolished at Wirksworth and is approximately on the site of the original building.

The museum and shop will be open on days when trains are running on the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway.

The new EVRA shop, located to the rear of the phase 1 Station building, has already benefitted from the more spacious surroundings allowing a far better display of the new and second-hand transport and other books, jigsaws, models, children’s books and games etc seeing increased sales during the first month. The stock is always changing and much new stock is on display. In addition,  donations of books, jigsaws, gifts, Christmas items etc have increased over the last six weeks too.

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.

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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.