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“Utterly wonderful railway and a DMU H(e)aven!”

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: With its headquarters in the fine old Peak District market town of Wirksworth, the Ecclesboume Valley line, at nine miles, is Derbyshire's longest heritage railway. The line runs through some of the most pleasant scenery in the White Peak, from its joint station with the main line at Duffield to its northern terminus at Ravenstor, close to the High Peak Trail and the National Stone Centre. The line provides services mainly operated by heritage diesel railcars, with four trains a day on summer weekends and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in the high summer. The timetable is designed to connect with East Midlands Trains' services to and from Derby and Nottingham. Visitors may wish to take advantage of a 'zigzag choo choo' all Day Rover Ticket issued by the railway and Trent Barton providing an excellent opportunity for discount travel through the beautiful derbyshire countryside by bus and rail. Steam hauled services are also operated at peak periods, please call us to check what is running. If you would prefer to see the line from the Driver's cab or realise a childhood dream by taking the controls of one of our heritage steam or diesel locomotives then you can book that day to remember direct on our website. We offer a range of experiences to suit any occasion and budget.
Reviewed 20 May 2013

A relatively new preserved railway and one not visited before. Best accessed from Wirksworth. The group behind the line have achieved a lot in a short time, putting many longer-standing preserved lines to shame! There are two lines: Wirksworth to Duffield and a shorth branch from Wiksworth to Ravenstor. Trains were steam-hauled on the day we visited but are usually diesels. The track is in a supurb condition and the scenery gorgeous. Was told that the trees along the line were deliberately cleared in places where the views are good and where the line can be seen from the road. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. Lots of local people there - which also speaks volumes. The 'Pullman' buffet at Wirksworth is good and well run. Try a bacon cob - excellent. They make a mean tea too! The branch line to Ravenstor is worked by a DMU single unit or 'bublecar' M55006, which used to work the Stourbridge Town branch. Pure nostalgia. Rover tickets are good value. Everyone who volunteers there try without being trying! Basically a wonderful day out.

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Reviewed 18 May 2013

This isn't the most spectacular preserved railway, though the views are pleasant enough, but somehow they've got the atmosphere just right. Hard to explain.

Thank johnnychips
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Reviewed 7 May 2013

we visited when there was a steam engine visiting for the weekend so took a trip to Duffield and back. Was nice, met an interesting character on the train and enjoyed it more than I thought I would. We ran out of time, so we only took that journey and didn't get to experience and of the other features.

Thank ceeteeUK
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Reviewed 5 May 2013

For an all day Rover ticket (£10 for OAPs) you can travel between Wirksworth and Duffield and also to Ravenstor as many times as you like. The trip to Duffield takes about 30 minutes and goes through lovely scenery. There are various special events during the year including experience days. There is a Pullman Dining Car at Wirksworth with a range of sandwiches, jacket potatoes etc and I must comment about the toilet facilities at Duffield which were superb!

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Reviewed 29 April 2013

We visited this railway with our 2 young boys (5 and 3) having chosen to go here instead of Peak Rail as the trip was longer.

The volunteers who run this are very friendly with the only downside being no steam trains as they were getting ready for the steam gala weekend in a weeks time. However, we travelled in a cab and the guard very kindly let out 2 boys sit in the drivers seat going out (we were at the back of the train) and sat with us to explain the lines history and point out various landmarks. The line itself travels through some lovely countryside and takes around 40 mins each way.

Thank hullyboy
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