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Derwent Valley Light Railway

An appeal for historic items suitable for DVLR.

In the mood: Seen on the platform at Murton Park Station: 2 trolleys, 2 portmanteaux, 2 fire buckets, 3 milk churns, a seat and a notice board.

Restoring ambience with "bygones."


The work of restoring and maintaining the station, its buildings, track, signal box, yard, coaches and locomotives is crucial and while the work is being done by volunteers, materials are costly. To help DVLR meet these costs, most donations are, as one would expect, pecuniuary. However, there is another way in which you may be able to help the DVLR, that is with "bygones". DVLR has many items which are used to restore the period feel of bygone times with the railway and its passengers interacting, as they go about their business as a live railway. Just for example, the station has vintage milk churns and some of those old hard cases which were used in ""pre-war" days. They help to bring back the ambience of a station of bygone times with a feeling of impending movement. One is stimulated to ponder, "At any moment will some gent in a long tweed jacket and plus fours, accompanied by his lady in 1915 war time crinoline, come back to collect his portmanteau, or will some strong young fellow come to load the churns onto a train?" By definition, a museum is a place to muse. DVLR wants visitors, if they wish, to be able to experience the feeling that they are living with the past's heritage, today. Heritage railway lines have, after all, been the oustanding pioneers in the living history movement.

Have you anything?


Have you any disused item(s) in the attic/shed etc.which are suitable to embellish the railway or the station, any vintage or suitably "period" item(s) which you are prepared to donate?


If so, DVLR would be grateful to hear from you. There is a contact link lower down this webpage.

Recent additions to DVLR's historic items


Recent additions have included a track gauge measure over 100 years old, presented by John Meredith to Jonathan Stockwell, DVLR archivist and a DVLR branding iron for adding the DVLR brand to wooden cases. Finding the branding iron, with DVLR brand, must have been a "can't believe our own eyes," Eureka moment, for Glynnis and Tony Frith at an auction site in Newark.

Glynnis recounts: "Tony & I went to a railwayana auction at Thirsk on 18th March. While we were there we were told of another auction the following week at Newark showground. I decided to have a look what was up for sale. When I was looking through the lots I came across something exciting, an artefact from the DVLR, a branding iron which we believe was to brand things like packing cases with the DVLR name, date unknown. I contacted the trustees & Jonathan, the railways archivist, to ask if they wished Tony & I to bid for the branding iron on behalf of the DVLR, it was decided to have go to bring this back to Murton.


On 25th March Tony & I drove to Newark hoping to succeed in buying the branding iron. Our lot number was 53. We were a little worried because most lots before ours were selling for lots of money so we thought we would not have the money to buy it. Lot 53 came up. The opening bid started at £40.00. Tony held up his bidders number. We had another person bidding for it. Tony kept his hand up but the price kept going ever higher; it was a very tense time as the price went up. Then, the other bidder dropped out. Lo & behold, we won the lot on our maximum we were going to pay; it was a lovely feeling as Tony whispered, "we won." I texted Jonathan straight away to let him know the outcome. He was pleased."

They won!


And Glynnis and Tony were able to bring this valuable piece of DVLR history proudly back to its rightful home, where it will be treasured.


In the pictures, by Glynnis, is Tony holding the prize.

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 116162