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Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Station Road | Coldwell Street, Wirksworth DE4 4FB, England
01629 823076
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Ranked #1 of 5 attractions in Wirksworth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic Railroads
Traveler Description: The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway is an 9 mile heritage railway that runs between Wirksworth and Duffield in Derbyshire. The line is now fully-open... more »
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

As locals, we've been planning to do this railway journey back in time for too long - we've seen the stations and the stock coming on strong over the past couple of years. We got a good deal from Amazon Local to book a return trip and the VIP lunch, and got a lovely sunny day to make it extra... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Great afternoon learning and then driving a real live 0-6-0 tank engine. Great Instructor and fireman. Recommend anyone interested in steam trains to give it a go! Another one off the bucket list?

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

Dear Ian, Thank for writing such a positive review of our Steam Experience. We are so glad you had such a great time. We do hope you can visit us again soon. Best wishes, Tom Tait Commercial Director More

Ashford, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Excellent day on the railway, with help from enthusiastic staff. Were able to ride all day on DMU and a short steam trip and a narrow guage bonus. Wè benefited from it also being a heritage bus event although found this by chance.Good atmosphere made the day a day well spent.

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

Dear 'Saxon54', Thank you for taking the time to write a review about our railway. WE are glad you had such a good time at our Heritage Bus Gala. We hope you can visit us again in the not too distant future. Best wishes, Tom Tait Commercial Director More

Sheffield, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

What a brilliant day out and what a fantastic experience and many thanks to the great staff especially Tom tait , top driver and top man . The scenery was superb and the set up they have is second to none

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

Dear '992Johnny'. Thank you for rating your Driver Experience 5 stars and sincere thanks for the great comments. It is a genuine pleasure to welcome enthusiasts into the driving cab and share in the beautiful vistas of the line and I'm so glad you enjoyed your 'apprenticeship' and I hope you found you will visit us again soon. Once again,... More

Hassocks
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

If you like the railway anyone 9 to 90 will have something to see and you can get a cup of tea. The happy group of volunteers make visit worthwhile.

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

Dear 'Plantsman8', Thank you for your kind comments. We do look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best wishes, Tom Tait Commercial Director More

Dorset
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74 reviews 74 reviews
40 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Visited mid-week with DMU's running so not seemingly that exciting a prospect. This railway grew on me though. Lots of shops and catering at the Wirksworth HQ and friendly staff. The run is relatively long (9 miles) through pleasant countryside down to the former junction with the main line at Duffield. There is nothing at Duffield and so the turnaround... More

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

Dear 'Steamingaround', Thank you for taking the time to write such a positive review of our railway. We really do value your comments and we hope you will visit us again in the near future. With best wishes, Tom Tait Commercial Director More

BionicWoman28
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We arrived early and were walking around the outside when a lovely lady volunteer spotted us and asked if we would be interested in looking round the engine sheds while we were waiting for the station to open. She gave us a very informative guided tour (including H&S requirements) in particular a narrow gauge Lister engine which she had helped... More

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

Dear 'BionicWoman28', Thank you so much for your delightful review of our railway. We really appreciate visitors taking the time to write a critiques on Tripadvisor and it was so pleasing to read your positive feedback. We are glad you found us a friendly railway as its our aim to make our visitors to feel as welcome as possible. I... More

Belper, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I bought on Amazon a special day out for my husband where he got to help our driver David prepare the train for the day, 2 trips to Duffield and back plus 2 trips to Ravenstor also lunch in the Pullman carriage was included. The offer also included one guest. We had a brilliant day, everyone was friendly and helpful,... More

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

Dear Denise, Thank you for your review of our 'Driver's Apprentice Experience'. We are so glad you had such a good time and I will certainly pass on your thanks to David. The experience day is such a great way to gain an understanding of the different roles our volunteers undertake as well as obtaining valuable insight into what goes... More

Nottingham, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

I visited the EVR last weekend for the first time - they had a diesel running day, instead of the usual multiple unit timetable - and had a fantastic time. Parking is free and plentiful at Wirksworth. The timetable isn't what you'd call intensive (4 round trips daily), but they always run to time. We found out from the station... More

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

Dear 'Afurrybeetroot', Thankyou for taking the time to write such a positive and comprehensive review about our railway. We are glad you had a such a good time and it was my pleasure to accompany you around our maintenance facility. We look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future. Best wishes, Tom Tait Commercial Director More

Newark
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We traveled on a rather damp Sunday a couple of weeks ago starting out from Duffield. All the staff were very friendly and helpful. Travelling on the old diesel rail-cars it brought happy memories. Even the windows rattled the same as I remember them !

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

Dear 'DBC Newark', Thank you for rating our railway a 5 star attraction. We are sorry about the weather but glad you had an enjoyable time with us. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Tom Tait Commercial Director More

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