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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