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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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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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Super Santa Special

On the 9th of December we went on our Nursery visit on the Santa train. We had an amazing trip and we were treated like VIP's. The abundance of activities, gifts and refreshments... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Wirksworth, United Kingdom
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Wirksworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On the 9th of December we went on our Nursery visit on the Santa train. We had an amazing trip and we were treated like VIP's. The abundance of activities, gifts and refreshments throughout our experience was amazing and we had some very happy and excited children/staff. This is our second year with the Santa train and we are waiting... More 

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Thank little wonders n
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

Was staying in Derby for short break so decided to have a trip on the train . The station itself ( worksworth) was a small , but very friendly station . Some old trains parked up in the yard for people to look at while waiting restoring , toilets are clean, a little shop and a cafe on a train... More 

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Belper, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

Having been on various trains to see Santa this was the best. Staff were helpful and friendly. Santa was great and we went home with one very happy grandson.

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Thank 982phyllis
Tom_Tait, Manager at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this review

Dear '982phyllis', Thank you for submitting such a positive review about our Santa Trains. This year was an exceptionally busy one and our Volunteers have worked extremely hard to ensure that each child had a memorable time with Santa. Your feedback is welcomed as it highlights the work they put in and validates their efforts. We look forward to welcoming... More 

Belper, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

Having taken our children every year since the railway started their Santa trains (with the exception of last year as we were away on holiday) I have to admit that this was the worst one ever! The train element of the Santa trip was great and the staff on the train friendly and helpful however they were sadly let down... More 

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

Dear 'Defenderboy', Thank you for your review of the Santa Train and I'm pleased to learn that your 'on train' experience was a positive one. Our Volunteers strive to ensure every child has an individual and memorable experience meeting Santa in his 'grotto'. I was saddened to read your comments relating to the Pullman Coaches. I believe you have already... More 

Gainsborough, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

We overall enjoyed the experience but disappointed they had a DMU and not a steam service running which we wasn't aware of when booking. Really disappointed with the toys given by Santa, not even wrapped up and in a cheap carrier bag. Think it was tight charging for a hot drink at Ecclesborne station where we disembarked briefly. The dining... More 

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

Dear 'Nezk', Thank you for your review of our railway and I am glad you enjoyed your experience. It is my belief, due to a supplier issue this year, not all our presents arrived with the wrapping ordered and we will be taking this up with the supplier in the new year. We were exceptionally busy this year which meant... More 

Derby, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

We have been coming for 4 years the first of which was an absolute fiasco but we gave it a second chance and the last two have been good particularly last year where the standard of the present was excellent. This year however has gone back to being absolute rubbish. Our train carriage sounded like it was going to disintegrate... More 

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Thank Mad09Derby
Tom_Tait, Manager at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this review

Dear 'Mad09Derby', Thank you for your review. I will endeavour to deal objectively with the points you raise. It was very pleasing to note that despite describing your first visit as an 'absolute fiasco' you decided to return the subsequent years and I'm glad you had good experiences of the Santa Trains. In relation to presents, due to having over... More 

Thornton Cleveleys, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

Had a great time, we'd arranged a big family trip with 5 adults and 5 children ranging in age from 2 to 8 years old. Santa was fab, the volunteers work so hard to ensure everyone's entertained and having a good time. Mince pies were yummy and the kids absolutely loved the adventure. Would recommend this trip to anyone with... More 

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

Dear 'DebC1970', Thank you for the lovely review you have submitted about our Santa experience. There is a lot of hard work goes into ensuring we provide a great experience for all our visitors and I am glad you and your family enjoyed yourselves. We look forward to welcoming you back next year. Compliments of the Season, Tom Tait Commercial... More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

We went on the Santa special train this weekend. It was a fantastic trip. The train was clean and comfortable with lots of Christmas decorations. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The activity worksheet was good and kept us busy. The magician was fantastic and kept the children interested. Stories and books were aimed at different ages keep the... More 

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

Dear 'KelD30', Thank you so much for your kind comments your review contained. The volunteers work very hard to deliver the Santa experience and we are so glad you had such a good time. We look forward to seeing again next year. Compliments of the Season, Tom Tait Commercial Manager More 

Billingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

A picturesque trip from Wirksworth to Duffield and return. They staff were very helpful and informative. Well recommended.

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Thank Paul C
Tom_Tait, Manager at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this review

Dear 'Paul C', Thank you for taking the time to write a positive review about our railway and the recommendation it contained. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and hope we have the pleasure of your company again in the near future. Best wishes Tom Tait Commercial Director More 

Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

A wonderful railway, well run, with friendly and helpful staff, a visit to this railway is called for when you visit the area

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Thank Janet F
Tom_Tait, Manager at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this review

Dear 'Janet F', Thank you so much for your positive review of our railway. We are so pleased you had such an enjoyable time and we look forward to welcoming you back if you are in the area. With very best wishes, Tom Tait Commercial Director More 

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