Trains return to historic railway

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A train will once again steam along the tracks of an historic 18th century railway during a special event this week.

The miniature locomotive will be giving rides along the old Butterley Gangroad at Fritchley on September 14.

The attraction is part of a celebration of the achievement of the Butterley Gangroad Project, a Heritage Lottery Funded project which made national headlines in May when it uncovered the world’s oldest tunnel on the gangroad hidden behind a rockery.

There will also be other mechanical treats, horses, Napoleonic period troops, a band, other music, a history fair involving various local groups and information and exhibits collected by the project from 12noon to 4pm during the event, which centres around Fritchley Village Green.

Trevor Griffin, the Gangroad Project Manager said: “The idea of our celebration event is to allow people to discover, share and enjoy their own local history.

“As well as children it might attract grown-up rail enthusiasts who will take advantage of this unique opportunity to ride once again on this pioneering eighteenth century railway!”

The Gangroad was an early railway that from 1793 carried limestone down from a mine at Crich to a wharf on the newly built Cromford Canal at Bullbridge near Ambergate.

From there it was taken by boat to the works of Benjamin Outram and Company at Butterley near Ripley for use in iron making.