The ALRS at Rowsley
2015…..The Ashover Light Railway is back on track !
The ALRS has now been permanently relocated to Peak Rail’s Rowsley station site near Matlock.
In April 2015 a team of volunteers started moving the Societies’ rolling stock and workshop equipment from the Burton Road site to temporary storage at Peak Rails’ Rowsley station site.
Friday 10th April
Graham and Jonathan met at the Sheffield workshop to finalise the disposal of scrap, prepare rolling stock for loading, and welcome the HIAB lorry for loading.
The Ruston being loaded for transport (pics by Graham Ludlam)
Saturday 11th April
Andrew, David, Dave, and Graham remained at Rowsley throughout Saturday receiving van loads and then the HIAB lorry load of rolling stock and workshop equipment.
Jonathan, Richard,Steve and Mike met at Sheffield to help with the 2nd loads and thence onwards to Rowsley to continue unloading.
The day was rounded off in lovely spring sunshine and the moment we had all been working for, the first time that the ALRS had run a Society engine on track ! The highlight of the day must have been seeing the non-stop grin on our latest volunteer’s face as Mike drove the Ruston for the first time. Then everyone else took it in turns to be at the controls, and shunt various pieces of rolling stock along the Rowsley track.
Sunday 12th April
Graham, Jonathan, Andrew, Paul (with fork lift and motorized wheelbarrer, bless ‘im !) and Dave all met to square away all the previous deliveries.
Through the Spring the merry band of volunteers prepared the site of the new shed (intended to house the ALRS rolling stock), brought more and more material from Sheffield
which then had to be temporarily stored under tarpaulins pending the purchase of our long-term storage container.
Then the site approach road, hard standing and container base had been constructed so that by July the container finally arrived and was filled with the Café timbers, the Jaywick, tools, and our myriad of workshop materials.