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Press Release – Golden Valley Light Railway acquires a new coach (03/03/2015)

The Golden Valley light Railway is the narrow gauge railway that operates from the Midland Railway – Butterley museum complex. It runs narrow gauge trains through the museum complex and country park on its 1 km long railway and passengers have been carried in converted colliery man riders.

Recently the chance to acquire a much larger and comfortable carriage from the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales came about. This railway has been replacing some of its older vehicles with larger and more comfortable ones and coach number 119 was no longer of use to them.

The coach was built in 1980 by the Ffestiniog Railway on a much older chassis that came from the Isle of Man Railway. After service on both the Ffestiniog Railway and Welsh Highland Railways number 119 was replaced last year by a larger and more modern vehicle.

It was then offered to the Golden Valley Light Railway and arrived from North Wales on 3rd March. The coach will need some work to make it useable on the Golden Valley Light Railway including the fitting of new bogies and making the braking system compatible with the rest of the railways vehicles. It is hoped to see it enter service in 2016. Alan Calladine said, “This coach will be a great improvement in comfort for passengers travelling on the Golden Valley Light Railway and we look forward to it entering service next year. The history of this vehicle is quiet fascinating being built in Birmingham and seeing service in the Isle of Man before moving to Wales and having a new body built, then moving to Derbyshire.”

For further information please contact the railway.

Press Release – Trains every day over Easter Holidays (18/03/2015)

From 28th March until 12th April the Midland Railway – Butterley will be running trains every day from Butterley Station. The railways Museum, Victorian Railwayman’s Church, Demonstration signal box and the Princess Royal Class locomotive Trust’s West Shed Experience will also be open every day.

The Road Transport Gallery, Fork Truck Heritage Centre and the Golden Valley Light Railway will also be open on some days over the holiday period. There will be a special competition for all the children with Easter prizes. The Country Park will be open with the chance to see the spring flowers coming through and hear the birdsong. You may even see some of the birds starting to nest and the bluebells that are such a feature of the newest part of the park will be coming into flower.

Alan Calladine said, “The Easter Holidays are early this year so we will be running trains from 28th March for two weeks until 12th April. This is a great chance to celebrate spring with a trip through the Derbyshire countryside, we cannot guarantee the weather but that is part of the fun of a day out in Britain.”

For further information please contact the railway.

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