Full steam students

A COMMUNITY railway line has looked to University of Derby business brains to help its company steam ahead.

After months of work, students have presented their business plans on how to make the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway a top tourist destination to members of its Executive Team.

The railway was brought back to life in April, 2011, by volunteers who now offer services along the line from Duffield to Wirksworth.

Over the past year, marketing and tourism students have been devising a business plan to advise the railway’s directors and trustees how to attract more customers, develop new offers and generally make Derbyshire’s newest tourist attraction more profitable.