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Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

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Address: Station Road | Coldwell Street, Wirksworth DE4 4FB, England
Phone Number: +44 1629 823076
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Description: With its headquarters in the fine old Peak District market town of...
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.
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Delicious tea on the train!

We visited the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway last Tuesday and had a very enjoyable day. The railway is well kept and well run by a team of very pleasant people. Our day ticket... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We visited the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway last Tuesday and had a very enjoyable day. The railway is well kept and well run by a team of very pleasant people. Our day ticket meant that we could travel on the trains in the morning, have a stroll into Wirksworth (which is a lovely town with some interesting shops) and then return... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We decided to take the train from Duffield to Wirksworth and were lucky enough to get the front seats in the diesel behind the driver, so it was a unique experience to view the railway line from the drivers point of view. This is a lovely ride with a couple of gates that are opened by hand and it was... More 

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Tom T, Manager at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this review

Dear 'Cazza Northants'. Thank you for taking the time to write such a positive review of our railway. We are glad you were able to see the line from behind the driver as the views of the Ecclesbourne Valley can be very picturesque. We do hope you can visit us in the not too distant future. Best wishes, Tom Tait... More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway is a superb example of a heritage railway running along 9 miles of track through a pleasant, historical river valley in the Peak District. Mainly staffed by volunteers who are very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the rolling stock used on their line and the history of their restoration work. All the stations are extremely clean and... More 

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Tom T, Manager at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this review

Dear 'Alan C', Thank you so much for the wonderful review. Such positive feedback is so welcomed as our volunteers pride themselves on their friendliness and commitment to ensure all our visitors have an enjoyable time. We sincerely hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back soon to our railway. With very best wishes, Tom Tait Commercial Director More 

Derby, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Great day out for couples and railway enthusiasts. Highlight of the day was the afternoon tea. Waitresses very pleasant , went out of their way to ensure that everything was 'just so'. Best homemade scones I've ever eaten.

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Tom T, Manager at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this review

Dear 'Dawn B', Thank you for writing such a positive review about our railway. We are so glad you enjoyed your afternoon tea train experience. We do hope you can join us again for a trip down the valley. With best wishes, Tom Tait Commercial Director More 

Alfreton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Lovely ride along the restored line through the Ecclesbourne Valley. The stations are clean and tidy and the locomotives the same. It seems to concentrate on getting the basics right rather than trying to do too much and falling short. The staff are very peasant and knowledgable. Start from Wirksworth where there is plenty of parking and exhibits to look... More 

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Tom T, Manager at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this review

Dear 'Basle 123', Thank you for submitting such a positive and comprehensive review about our railway. We are glad you had such a good time and are grateful for the kind comments you make. It would be our pleasure to welcome you back in the not too distant future. With Best Wishes, Tom Tait Commercial Director More 

Wakefield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Called in this afternoon, nice ride through the countryside to rest my weary legs. Nice and clean welcoming atmosphere, plan ahead if you want to make the most of the train journeys and stops.

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Tom T, Manager at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this review

Dear 'NewYork092010', Thank you for your kind review. We hope your 'weary legs' were well rested enjoying our beautiful vistas along the line. If you are visiting Derbyshire again, it would be great to welcome you back. With best wishes, Tom Tait Commercial Director More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

A very pleasant day out, the staff are very helpful and we enjoyed our journey, very well managed by a good team. Thank you for a lovely afternoon.

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Tom T, Manager at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this review

Dear 'Tracy 117', Thank you for the kind comments your review contained. We are glad you enjoyed yourself and look forward to welcoming you back soon. With best wishes, Tom Tait Commercial Director More 

Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Most pleasant, great day out for all the family. Excellent food and lovely people. Very friendly, worth another visit soon.

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Tom T, Manager at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this review

Dear 'Sophia T', Thank you for your review of our railway and the lovely comments it contained. We look forward to having the pleasure of welcoming you back soon. Best wishes, Tom Tait Commercial Director More 

Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Last Friday I had an amazing day at the EVR on my 'drive a diesel' day. The staff went out of their way to make it a relaxing and enjoyable event which is certainly turned out to be. In the morning I drove the railcar, in the afternoon class 33 Swordfish. Then when we got back to Wirksworth we were... More 

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Tom_Tait, Manager at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this review

Dear 'Denverbroncoalan', Thank you for submitting such a positive review about your diesel driving experience. The footplate team really enjoyed hosting your day and we are pleased you enjoyed your experience so much. We do hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back in the not too distant future. With best wishes, Tom Tait Commercial Director More 

Swaffham, United Kingdom
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267 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

This operation is obviously well managed and administered by friendly and enthusiastic volunteers. It is worth while to discover the history of the origins and the activities over the near 100 years of trading operation. Nowadays, a medley of rail experiences, throughout a season of regular and special events, makes this an attraction to visit in the Derby Dales.

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Tom_Tait, Manager at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this review

Dear 'Ian P", Thank you for your delightful review. Our volunteers pride themselves on delivering a friendly, efficient service to our visitors and your positive feedback ensures their efforts are acknowledged. We are pleased you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Best wishes, Tom Tait Commercial Director More 

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