THE Ecclesbourne Valley Railway has launched an appeal to raise £500,000 to construct a new Midland Railway-style station building at Wirksworth.
The new station is intended to replace the original portable buildings, which have served the railway since trains first started running on the short quarter-mile section to Gorsey Bank in 2004.
While the opening in 2016 of a new booking office in the adjacent former tannery building has been a major boost, it is clear that the other facilities are now inadequate.
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Passenger numbers are growing on the line and ticket revenues are 40% up on 2016, which has been helped by the operation of steam in the summer, as well as a growing reputation for quality diesel events.
The line is home to one of the largest collection of first-generation DMUs and recently constructed an extension to its maintenance facility to service and restore them.
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