Ashover Light Railway - Members Weekend 2013

The Itinerary

Saturday 11th May

10 am  Coffee at the Ashover Parish Hall Events Centre

1030    AGM at the Ashover Parish Hall Events Centre

Lunch afterwards at the Old Poets corner pub 1 Butts Road. Ashover. Chesterfield, S45 OEW. Please be sure to order lunch using the enclosed form.

1430    Bus tour of the former Ashover Light Railway under the guidance of Bob Gratton. £5 per head donation for the bus will be collected by Kerry Baylis at the AGM. 1730 approx. return to Ashover


If you have models, artefacts, photographs, drawings. etc., to show the rest of us, please feel free to do so. We have all enjoyed seeing some wonderful exhibits at recent Members' weekends. But please be aware that, if you do so, it will be at your own risk.

As usual, there will be a raffle with very attractive prizes.

Evening is free.

Sunday 12th May.

Group visit to Crich Tramway Village.

Kerry has asked for a workshop tour. You make your own way to the Tramway Village. Kerry will collect the entrance fee during the AGM (£I0 per person, £9 con­cessions).

Please indicate on the enclosed form if you want to go to the Tramway Village.

This promises to be another excellent Members' Weekend fully in line with our recent tradition of ensuring a weekend full of interest.

Bob Gratton is, of course, the joint author (with Stuart Band) of The Ashover Light Railway, published by Wild Swan in 1989, the definitive history. It's sadly out of print for some time and is fetching crazy prices on the second hand market. Who better to act as our guide?


We will be booking lunch at the Old Poets Corner Public House (A real ale pub) in Ashover. The meals listed below on the tear off slip are available (Please tick your selection and send cheque payable to the Colonel Stephens Society to Kerry Baylis (CSS). 10 Cedar Court, Farrand Road, HEDON. HU12 8XL. Cheques must be received by 14 April.

SUNDAY 12 MAY 2013

Meet at 1030 at Crich Tramway Village for a tour of the Tramway. A visit to the workshops has been requested. After the formal tour you will be free to stay in the museum as long as you want. It is the Morris Minor Clubs Annual Visit the same day so there will be quite a few things to see.

If you wish to visit Crich please fill in the tear off clip below and send it along with your cheque to the Secretary at the address given on Saturday's itinerary.

The bus can only seat 48 people (single decker because of low trees) so it will be the first 48 to book who will get a seat. Others may follow the bus by car. Please book using the other side of the tear off slip below. The fare of £5 will be collected on the bus.

Admission Prices are:

ADULTS - £10 SENIORS - £9 CHILD - £6

The address for Crich is:

The National Tramway Museum

Crich Tramway Village

Nr Matlock DE4 5DP

If you are attending the weekend and need to make contact from Friday 10 May onwards please ring my mobile on 07962 896064


CSS Members planning to enjoy our annual members' weekend to be held

this year at Ashover may wish to do some homework in order to make the

most of the visit. In addition to the well-known books; 'The Ashover

Light Railway' by K P Plant (Rev. ed. 1987, Oakwood Press) and 'The

Ashover Light Railway' by Robert Gratton and Stuart R Band (1989, Wild

Swan Publications), Brian Janes has posted a very useful outline of

the ALR's history on the Colonel Stephens Railway Museum website:

There's lots of other fascinating stuff on the website (as well as in

the museum itself, of course).

There's also some info and interesting photos on the CSS website:

Ashover photo gallery