Long term project to reopen a part of the 600mm gauge Ashover Light
Railway. The proposed line would run from a new terminus near Ogston
Reservoir (which covers part of the original trackbed) to Ashover
Butts, about 2½ miles (4 km). The society currently has a short
demonstration line near the Peak Rail station at Rowsley South.
Shackerstone (near Nuneaton) to Shenton: 4½ miles (7.2 km).
Standard gauge. Steam and diesel hauled and diesel railcars. The
line is named for the Battle of Bosworth Field (1485); Bosworth
Field is adjacent to Shenton station.
Belton Light Railway
In the grounds of Belton House, near Grantham. 7¼ inch (184mm) gauge
miniature railway over ¼ mile (450 m) in length (No website
located at present)
Queen’s Park, Chesterfield. Line about 550 yards (500 m) in length.
10¼ inch (260 mm) gauge, steam outline diesel locomotive.
Moira, near Swadlincote. 2 foot (610 mm) gauge miniature railway about
⅓ mile (0.5km) in length, connecting the two parts of this park located
in the National Forest. Diesel hauled with steam outline locomotive
(Website includes little information relating to the railway)
A working museum where you can take a tram ride from a recreated
Victorian town street into the countryside on a Derbyshire hilltop.
Line about 1 mile (1.6 km) in length. Standard gauge electric trams
(with occasional short workings by horse drawn tram).
From the Midland Railway Centre station at Swanwick Junction
(near Ripley) to Newlands Inn in the Golden Valley Country Park
(⅓ mile, 0.5 km). 2 ft (610 mm) gauge. Diesel hauled, using former
Project to connect the Great Central Railway (Loughborough) and
the Great Central Railway (Nottingham) into a single 17 mile (27.3 km)
main line railway. Amongst other developments, requires a
new bridge over the Network Rail line at Loughborough
Central station, Loughborough to Leicester North: about 8 miles
(12.8 km). Standard gauge. Steam and diesel hauled, usually with main
line locomotives. Dining trains operate at certain times. Occasional
passenger services operate on the branch line from Swithland to
Mountsorrel (about 1¼ miles, 1.9 km). These are expected to become a
regular feature at some time in the future.
Ruddington to Loughborough: about 9 miles (14.4 km). Standard gauge,
steam or diesel hauled. Trains operate the full length of the line
on certain days only, at other times they operate between Ruddington
and Rushcliffe Halt. There is also a miniature railway at Ruddington.
Ludborough to North Thoresby, about 2 miles (3.2 km). Extension
planned from Ludborough to Pear Tree Lane, a further ¾ mile (1.2 km).
Possible future extensions northwards to Waltham and southwards to
Louth, giving a total length of about 9 miles (14.5 km). Standard gauge.
Steam and diesel hauled.
Near Ripley: Hammersmith to Riddings (3 miles, 4.8 km). There are no
stations at the ends of the line, passengers board and alight at
Butterley or Swanwick Junction. Possible future extension to Pye Bridge
for interchange with trains on the national network. Standard Gauge.
Steam and diesel hauled and diesel railcars. Dining trains operate at
Northamptonshire: Boughton Crossing to Merry Tom Crossing (1½ miles,
2.4 km), passengers board and alight at Pitsford & Brampton station.
Extension proposed to Lamport, a further 5 miles (8 km). Possible future
extension towards Northampton, approximately 5 miles (8 km). Standard
gauge. Steam and diesel hauled.
Hunsbury Hill Country Park, Northampton: line about 2¼ miles
(3.6 km) in length, although only part of the line is presently in
use. Open to the public on a few days each year, mainly holidays.
Standard gauge. Usually diesel hauled.
Rushden: line about ¼ mile (0.4 km) in length. Proposed extension to
Higham Ferrers, a further ¾ mile (1.2km). Possible future extension
to Wellingborough (East Midlands Trains station), a further 3½ miles
(5.6 km). Standard gauge. Steam and diesel hauled. The museum is open
most weekends during the summer although trains only operate on certain
Steeple House, near Wirksworth, to Middleton by Wirksworth, about
½ mile (0.8 km). At present public access is at Steeple Grange, on
foot only from the High Peak Trail (trackbed of the former Cromford
& High Peak Railway), nearest car parking at the National Stone
Centre or at Black Rocks (each about 5 minutes walk). Car parking at
Middleton mau be provided in the future. Unusual and intriguing small
railway operated with former mine and quarry equipment. 18 inch (457 mm)
gauge. Diesel and battery electric hauled.
at Wirksworth station of the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway. Line
about 88 yards (80 m) in length. Proposed extension to Gorsey Bank,
a total distance of about ¾ mile (1.2 km). 7¼ in (184 mm) gauge,
steam or diesel hauled.