Steeple Grange Light Railway
Established in 1985, the Steeple Grange Light Railway is an 18-inch gauge line near Wirksworth in Derbyshire. It is built on the trackbed of a branch of the old Cromford and High Peak Railway, now the High Peak Trail.
Ecclesbourne Valley Railway
See more about the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway connecting Wirksworth to Duffield along the picturesque Ecclesbourne Valley in Derbyshire
Many wildflowers were spread around the country with the help of Victorian railways as seeds were caught up in the rush of air caused by the train as it sped along the tracks. Oxford ragwort and buddlea sprang up as well as many wildflowers that are seen along the tracks today.
Motive power is provided by ex-industrial diesel, battery-electric and petrol locomotives and passengers are carried in an old National Coal Board manrider.
When you visit the railway you can enjoy a unique twenty minute train ride through dramatic limestone scenery; hear about why and how the railway was built, and plans for the future; investigate some of the vintage locomotives and rolling stock; discover fossils and wild flowers; and see work under way on the extension towards Middleton and the National Stone Centre.
The SGLR is situated in one of Derbyshire's most dramatic landscapes, with easterly views across Black Rocks, an outcrop of gritstone famous for climbing since the last century.
To the north, the landscape plunges into the Derwent Valley with distant views of Matlock and the moors beyond. To the west Middleton Moor dominates the skyline, a source of limestone quarrying since the mid 1800s. It is to this hill that the railway was originally constructed in 1884, to exploit the high grade limestone prized for ornamental work, although the quarry opened in 1845.