Rides for Saints day

All Aboard: Marie French and sons George French, four, and Peter French, eight, board the train for their trip as Steeple Grange Light Railway run their special St.George's Day excursions.
All Aboard: Marie French and sons George French, four, and Peter French, eight, board the train for their trip as Steeple Grange Light Railway run their special St.George's Day excursions.

Flag-waving youngsters were all aboard a heritage rail line – to mark St George’s Day.

Steeple Grange Light Railway, in Wirksworth, hosted a special day of excursions to mark England’s national day.

Children who brought along an England flag had the chance to ride the train for free.

Volunteer John Woodward, of the railway,

said: “We had a cracking day.

“It went very well and we had lots of children and families there.

“There were queues, which delighted us no end and quite a few children appeared with England flags so they got free rides.”

The railway, which was established in 1985, built on the trackbed of a branch of the old Cromford and High Peak Railway, will be open on Saturday, Sunday and Monday over the bank holiday.

Visitors can enjoy a 20 minute train ride through dramatic limestone scenery; hear about how the railway was built and find out about the work under way on an extensions towards Middleton and the National Stone Centre.