New line opens at Wirksworth

HRH The Duke of Gloucester poses for photographs in front of the 1954 Standard Class Two steam locomotive on his visit to the historic Ecclesbourne Valley Railway in Wirksworth.

HRH The Duke of Gloucester poses for photographs in front of the 1954 Standard Class Two steam locomotive on his visit to the historic Ecclesbourne Valley Railway in Wirksworth.

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The Duke of Gloucester steamed in to Wirksworth on Wednesday April 6 to mark the opening of a new line.

The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, welcomed the Duke as the line from Wirksworth to Duffield, became fully operational for the first time in over six decades.

HRH The Duke of Gloucester smiles as he arrives for his  his visit to the historic Ecclesbourne Valley Railway in Wirksworth.

HRH The Duke of Gloucester smiles as he arrives for his his visit to the historic Ecclesbourne Valley Railway in Wirksworth.

Arriving by train from London, His Royal Highness crossed from the main line platforms at Duffield and joined the first scheduled passenger train from Duffield to Wirksworth since June 1947.

The train was filled with volunteers who celebrated over a decade of hard work.

John Snell, chairman of WyvernRail, said: “We have waited, anticipated and dreamed of this day for over a decade and it is so very fitting that the people who made this dream a reality are those who are present on this very special day.

The Duke toured the station at Wirksworth and visited the railway’s museum before unveiling a plaque commemorating his visit and the line’s reopening.

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway General Manager Martin Miller welcomes HRH The Duke of Gloucester on his visit to the historic railway in Wirksworth.

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway General Manager Martin Miller welcomes HRH The Duke of Gloucester on his visit to the historic railway in Wirksworth.

Present at the event were Martin Miller, general manager of WyvernRail. He said: “It is truly amazing to consider not only what we have achieved in just over a decade but the sheer dedication of both our shareholders and volunteers in keeping faith in our plans, often when we literally could not see the wood for the trees.

Mike Craft, secretary of the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Association, said: “To see so many of our friends here today is a wonderful experience and I think everybody present will take a moment to remember some of the team who passed-away before our dream could be realised.”

The celebrations have paved the way for a festival lasting the next four days with public services commencing on Friday.

Pupils from the Wirksworth federation of Infants Schools and Wirksworth Junior School celebrate the visit of HRH The Duke of Gloucester to the historic Ecclesbourne Valley Railway in Wirksworth.

Pupils from the Wirksworth federation of Infants Schools and Wirksworth Junior School celebrate the visit of HRH The Duke of Gloucester to the historic Ecclesbourne Valley Railway in Wirksworth.