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We leave our mark…….

The much-loved Ashover Light Railway leaves its mark in all kinds of places. Here it pops up on a beer pump in the marvellous Old Poets Corner, where they brew a beer with (almost) our name on it, and the hand pump is adorned with an evocative depiction of a Baldwin.
This is also the venue for our quarterly committee meetings, and we thank them for their hospitality and support over the years.

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March update…..ready to leave !


Loaded wagon....ready to leave......Pic Graham Ludlam

Loaded wagon….ready to leave……Pic Graham Ludlam

We’re getting ready to leave the Sheffield workshop, and spent Saturday loading gear onto a wagon for transport to Rowsley……. all securely tied down and secured !

February 2015…. The Cafe

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Some of the café components ready for removal to the new storage area at Rowsley

February 2015 at Rowsley

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Richard and Steve study the plans for the new roof which will cover and make waterproof the two containers, and provide a dry storage and working area between.

January 2015….homework

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Roofing panels to be used to cover the two containers at Rowsley, being painted at Grahams house ready for delivery to the site.

January 2015… painting the shed in the workshop

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The Magnificent Seven (centre pic, with myself behind the camera) painting the dozens of shed panels green (to comply with Planning Rules) .

From left; Jonathan, Richard, Mike,Roger,Graham and Steve.

January 2015… workshop activity

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Graham paints with bitumen the base channels for the side walls of the new shed at Rowsley

October 2014….site of new ALR workshop at Rowsley

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This is the site at Peak Rail, Rowsley, where the new shed will be erected, probably next spring. It will be joined to the existing track by the new rail we acquired

October 2014….the new shed for Rowsley

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this is the shed at Dinnington (sourced by Jonathan) which is being dismantled prior to being moved for temporary storage to the current Sheffield workshop. then it will be moved next spring to a prepared site at Rowsley

September 2014….preparing rail

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Jonathan and Graham prepare rail for eventual laying down as our new track.

August 2014….ALR stand at Rowsley


Showing the flag at Rowsley !

Heavy lifting !

8-2 july 14 The track crane

Peak Rail’s track crane is brought into play to lift the tons of rail to where we need it…….. Phew !  (Picture by Graham Ludlam)

July 2014….new track arrives

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New track arrives at Rowsley

June 2014….Graham drives the line


Graham has fun driving a Lister loco on the narrow gauge line at Rowsley

May 2014 AGM


The 2014 AGM was a momentous event in that it set out the proposed plans for moving to Peak Rail’s Rowsley site. The wording on the powerpoint page being read out by Chairman Richard is ;

An Alternative (treasonable !) thought

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Develop a clear understanding now with DDNGR and Peak Rail that we join forces.
Get the workshop established to implement stages 1-4.
Work with Henry to extend his line to create a loop and triangle.
Continue with locomotive and truck restoration and aim to build a Gloucester and Wembey coach.
Seek Heritage Lottery Funding to restore the Baldwin, and to rebuild the Café on the picnic area.
Plan for the Café to become a restaurant and a narrow gauge railway museum.
Work to develop enthusiast and children’s events to make the railway capable of a positive financial return.



April 2014…. Spondon & trucks leave Sheffield for Rowsley

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April 2014…. Spondon & trucks leave Sheffield for Peak Rail site at Rowsley


Rowsley site visit

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A preliminary inspection and evaluation of the Peak rail site at Rowsley was made last weekend.

February 2014….workshop activity

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Work continues on restoring the rolling stock at the Sheffield workshop

February 2014….a wagon goes back on its wheels

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