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Coming down the line at Derwent Valley Light Railway

Upcoming Events:

4th July, 6 pm til late: York Inset Scooter Club presents Murton Scooter & Bike Revival night. Come to see the display and if you have a scooter or bike to bring along, we'd love to see it too. For details, click 'Latest' tab or visit Facebook.


21 July. The 15th Annual DVLR Running Evening from 6 pm.


This special event is always popular. It is is quite different from our scheduled running events and provides an opportunity to see a number of locos in action on the same evening. Pictures and a video of 2016 event are available elsewhere on this website. Click the 'Latest' tab for more information.

And - What's been happening:



An exciting unexpected discovery:


A DVLR branding iron discovered by chance, at auction, has been successfully bid for and brought back to DVLR.

Click the button, "Go to Page" to see details under section, Recent additions to DVLR's historic items.

Winter Track Laying 11 Feb. 2017.

In a picture by Paul Scrimshaw.


Ken Lees, DVLRS Secretary, reported:

"On behalf of the Trustees, may I thank the members who turned up today to help relay the 2 switches of the turnout from the main line into the siding. We had a good turn out and this helped make sure that everything proceeded according to plan."


The weather:

"Fortunately the weather wasn't as horrific as had been forecast and we were able to achieve all that we set out to achieve today."


Further requests for volunteers' assistance in future:

"Please watch out for further requests in the future - your help, no matter what you can do, is greatly appreciated.

Thanks again, Ken Lees."

The DVLR Society News Booklet 109 (the Mid-Winter edition) was issued in early February 2017. It has been a very busy quarter, not only with preparing for and running the Santa-Specials, but also with the considerable progress made by volunteers particularly in relation to the multitude of tasks necessitated by the layout changes in the Restoration Shed project. Details are in the booklet's Shed Update section. The News Booklet also features the story of a day out with Grandma and Grandpa at Murton, contains a lot of interesting pictures including of the Santa Specials. There are technical reports from the Mess Room and North Eastern Coach update. These are just a few of articles inside for the price of just 50p. DVLR Society Members receive The DVLR Society News free, so if you are not a member do consider joining and you are then guaranteed to receive a copy of the News as soon as it is issued.

A very special donation to the society.

The News Booklet also reports that John Meredith of York has presented an historic Track Gauge Measure to DVLR Society Archivist, Jonathan Stockwell. The Society expresses its thanks for this very generous donation to the Society. For full details and pictures, see DVLR Society News 109.

Yet other pictures of Santa Specials are displayed on a separate webpage. Click the button to view.

Some other items reviewed in 2016. Click the button to view.

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