The Golden Valley Light Railway (GVLR), is the 610mm, 2ft narrow gauge railway at the Midland Railway - Butterley's, Swanwick Junction site, Nr. Ripley, Derbyshire. The GVLR is home to a collection of 20 locomotives, including 2 steam locos. Ex colliery manriders were used for passenger services, from the start of running in 1990 and are hauled by ex Industrial Diesels, drawn from our collection. Ashover Coach No. 4 and 2 ex Ffestiniog Carriages are also now used on occasions.
Passenger services normally operate, on the almost 1 mile line, and run through the Country Park to terminate at Newlands Inn Station, which overlooks the disused Cromford Canal, on selected mid-week dates; all weekends and Bank Holidays throughout the season from April to late October. The Running Shed, a modern purpose built maintenance, repair and storage facility, and other storage houses our collection of 17 diesel locomotives and a varied collection of rolling stock, including the century old Ashover Coach No. 4, which was restored over 7 years by GVLR volunteers, after 50 years as a changing room, at the Bowling Green, Clay Cross.
Would you like to join us as a volunteer on our NG railway?
We are looking for guards and drivers. Also opportunities in engineering and trackwork. No experience needed, as we will provide full training
Please see our Volunteering Page