Derwent & Wye Valley Railway Trust


After supplying all the documentation for Aviva to carry out the necessary due diligence on our project, DWVRT has received confirmation of the £1000 grant for a sprucing up of the museum at Darley Dale station. Chair of the Trust, Joyce Sanders, said “We are delighted to receive this welcome boost for a facelift to these much loved exhibition facilities at the station which are enjoyed by visitors and many local people alike. As well as the Aviva Community Fund, thanks are also due to Paul Tomlinson of IFA Consultants Ltd who sponsored the application under the Financial Advisors’ category.”

Once again, a huge THANK YOU to everyone who took the trouble to vote for the project. The support got us over the finishing line in the face of some stiff completion.

The work will be carried out in the second half of October, when the lighter Peak Rail timetable is operating, and must be completed by the end of December 2015. The biggest effort will go into the complete redecoration of the museum, with more energy efficient lighting improvements and some representation of the displays. It is hoped that the changes will have another positive impact on people visiting the station, building on the creation of the picnic area in 2014 with support from the DHL Community Foundation.

#DSC_0069The DWVRT is a charitable trust limited by guarantee which supports the railway largely through fund raising for specific development projects. These relate to the acquisition, restoration and preservation of heritage railway buildings, structures, rolling stock and artefacts associated with the railway between Buxton and Ambergate for visitors to appreciate, use and enjoy.

The trust has completed work involving the installation of the signal box at Matlock Riverside, visitor interpretation boards at various locations on Peak Rail, and fencing, seating and Midland Railway lamp posts on the down platform at Darley Dale. Work is nearing completion on the restoration of a first class Mark 1 open coach, tops will be fitted to the lamp posts at Darley Dale and proposals have been developed for the restoration and reinstatement of the cast iron footbridge at Darley Dale.

The trust would also like to restore and bring back into use the Grade II listed down platform building at Darley Dale station. The first step in this process has been the lengthy negotiations with the owners, Derbyshire Dales District Council, regarding a lease for the trust.

Further details about projects and fund raising can be found at the Derwent & Wye Valley Railway Trust website