May 2020

Answers to the Buxton to Ambergate Quiz

Following the joint quiz put together buy the Derwent and Wye Valley Trust and The Peak Railway Association, the answers to this quiz have now been published.

We hope you enjoyed the challenge and perhaps leaned more about the history of the route.

You can download a copy of the answers to the quiz by clicking here.

April 2020

Postponement of AGM

Owing to the continuing restrictions relating to the Coronavirus pandemic, the trustees have agreed that the Annual General Meeting scheduled for Tuesday 19th May 2020 will be postponed.

The meeting has been provisionally rescheduled for 7.30pm on Tuesday 8th September 2020 at Darley Dale Station, Station Road, Darley Dale, Matlock. DE4 2EQ

The Buxton to Ambergate Railway Quiz

The Derwent and Wye Valley Railway Trust and The Peak Railway Association have combined forces to put together a railway quiz in these testing times. However, we hope you have a bit of fun doing it, and that you enjoy the challenge. You may even learn one or two new things about the history of the line, and the organisations invloved in preserving our railway heritage. If you would like to learn more about becoming a member of the the Peak Railway Association please click the logo on the Weblinks to get the full details.

David Lathrope (DWVRT) and Roger Hallatt (PRA).

The answers (as we understand them) will be published on Monday 11th May 2020, but if you you have any feedback on the quiz for the DWVRT or the PRA, please let us know at by Friday 8th May 2020.

You can download a copy of the quiz by clicking here.

March 2020

Darley Dale Footbridge - Bridging the Gap

For some years, the trust has been fundraising for the restoration and reinstatement of the original double staircase footbridge at Darley Dale Station. Towards the end of 2019 a project enquiry form was submitted to the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF). This is a way of getting feedback before starting work on a full application.

The project represents an important phase of the restoration of the station, and proposes the restoration of the footbridge. It also includes the development of the ‘Tracking our Heritage Project’ by focusing the oral histories of the people who used the bridge, Darley Dale Station and its environs like the Whitworth Park. This is both a major heritage restoration piece, with an associated oral social history project.

©Sheila Rayson

The feedback from the NLHF has been encouraging. We will need to develop our ideas about the accessible digital outputs of the work (which we will make available through our website), and the NLHF wanted a clearer picture of the likely planning outcomes of reinstating the bridge.

As a result, a request for pre-application (planning) advice was submitted to Derbyshire Dales District Council in March 2020. Although a full application will have to be submitted in due course, the proposal is considered to be acceptable and does not require Listed Building Consent (not being attached to the Listed Buildings).

This is very encouraging and the trust is now minded to develop a full application to the NLHF to part fund the project. This will take some time but watch this space for updates.

UPDATE - 1 April 2020: Heritage Fund response to the Coronavirus Crisis

As part of its response, the Fund has halted new applications until at least October 2020. However, the trust had started work on a full application through the Fund’s portal, and will continue to develop the project application in the interim The Fund has halted all new Committee-level grants (£250,000-£5m) and single-stage delegated grants (£3,000-£250,000) until at least October 2020.