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Golden Valley Light Railway

A 2ft (610mm) Narrow Gauge Railway in Derbyshire

GVLR

Last update 10th. October 2020

In line with the Midland Railway - Butterley, the GVLR will remain closed until 2021


Welcome to the GVLR

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.

image:- O&K 7529 being shunted by AD34, outside the Running Shed
AD34 shunting O&K 7529
image:- Newly restored RNAD Waggon standing outside the Running Shed.
Newly restored RNAD Waggon

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.

image:- O&K 7529 chassis on the Running Shed pit.
O&K 7529 chassis, waiting for her boiler
image:- Carriage 119 hauled by AD34, leaving the Running Shed
Carriage 119 hauled by AD34,
off down the Country Park, for a handbrake test
image:- 60hp Simplex Campbells, hauling a passenger train at Brands Sidings
60hp Simplex 60S364 "Campbell's Brickworks No 1"
hauling a passenger train at Brands Sidings
image:- 20/28 Simplex 4w DM MR8667/41 "Tubby"
20/28 Simplex 4w DM MR8667/41 "Tubby" on a rare outing,
hauling a short formation train, in the Country Park
Latest News
For Sale
image:- Front cover of - The Ashover Light Railway by Gratton & Band
The Ashover Light Railway
by Gratton & Band
For more details and to purchase
Please see our Sales Page
For Sale
image:- Front cover of - Ashover Light Railway Carriage No. 4 A Restoration Diary by Barry Lynam, a new book from the GVLR
Ashover Light Railway Carriage No. 4 A Restoration Diary
by Barry Lynam For more details and to purchase a copy
Please see our Sales Page

GVLR Guidebook
image - GVLR Guidebook
A5 24 page colour Guidebook
For more details and how to order
See Sales Page

image - Ashover Bogie
Ashover Bogie completed
image:- trackwork at Butterley Park Station covered in snow.
Finishing off the Headshunt
at Butterley Park Station
Volunteering on the GVLR

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


Quicklinks

"The Works"

Items wanted List


For Sale, Surplus Equipment
Spring Spikes for 60lb rail, Fishplate Nuts and Bolts for lightweight rail - Please see our Sales Page.
For information on
NG airbrakes, see our airbrakes page.