The Book

Derwent Valley Light Railway

Do you want to find out more about the DVLR?


Yes? Then, here is a superb book with the line's history from its founding to the present day heritage line.

The book is the product of diligent research by Jonathan D. Stockwell (DVLR Society Archivist) and Ian Drummond. The book let's you share in the the wealth of comprehensive information they have accumulated and be awestricken by over 290 beautifully presented photographs which they have collected to show you.


Who would benefit from this book?


From the dedicated enthusiast to the person who has just ridden this charming heritage railway and is eager to find out more, the book caters for every level of interest.

In the picture are the book's authors:

Ian Drummond (left) and Jonathan D. Stockwell.

This is the fascinating story of a Railway which was proud to be different and to do things differently.


Of railways born out of the Light Railway Act, DVLR must have had, indeed had to have, the greatest survival instinct, surviving as it did, entirely independently as a commercial enterprise until 1981. Yet, as the book's authors explain, two councils, Riccal and Escrick RDCs were responsible for originally promoting the DVLR. The railway did not depend on one particular type of traffic as did some "product dedicated" industrial railways. Instead, its ability to change with the times and grasp opportunities however they arose, was its strength. It was the DVLR's ability, to manoeuvre through the twists and turns in its fortunes, which makes the DVLR's story particularly interesting.

Six examples of the many interesting, even amazing, things revealed by the book:


  1. Q. Why during a certain period, of the building of the railway, did the contractor's crew hide their engine every night?


  1. Q. Why were single wagons sometimes left on the railway, between stations? Only a rural branch line could have got away with it but why did they do it?


  1. Q. How did the railway inadvertently become a "stealth railway" during World War II and how did it feature in the Government's contingency plans? You may find the answers quite surprising.


  1. Q. More secrets. What was the dangerous apparently "clandestine" cargo photographed at Skipwith in the early 1950s? A picture of the top-secret cargo can be seen in the book.


  1. Q What massive object was conveyed to Osbaldwick in 1931? It was the greatest single load ever conveyed on DVLR.


  1. Q. What is the connection between DVLR and fine art?


Discover the answers in the book, and so much about the railway which never failed to amaze.


High specifications and uncompromising quality.


It's a built to last hardback book to be proud of. Leave it on show. It's the sort of book which is good for you or anyone to pick up and read, and when you do put it away, it'll grace any libraray. A4, 160 pages printed on high quality premium glossy paper which gives maximum impact to all those photographs.

ISBN 978-09563317-6-2. Published by Holne Publishing.

The book makes a great present for any enthusiast.

Among the book's contents:


Foreword and Introduction


Passenger operations

Goods Operations


Rolling Stock



Your own copy of this special book or a present for someone else?



Here's how to own a copy of Rails Along The Derwent, which retails at £22.95.



At the station.

You can purchase Rails Along The Derwent, at Murton Park Station, during running hours only.



By post.

The book is available post free from the co-author and DVLR Society archivist, Jonathan D. Stockwell.

Email Jonathan at


Assisting DVLR financially.


By purchasing Rails Along The Derwent, you will also be assisting DVLR Society.

Jonathan kindly donates his personal share of the profits from the book to the DVLR Society.


So far, Jonathan's part of the profit is £2000, which has been gratefully received by the DVLR Society.

Derwent Valley Light Railway,

c/o Yorkshire Museum of Farming,

Murton Lane, Murton, York, YO19 5UF.

Derwent Valley Light Railway Society is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.

Registered number 1161623.