Wirksworth railway station
Wirksworth Railway Station is a heritage railway station that serves the town of Wirksworth in Derbyshire. It was the former terminus of the Midland Railway Wirksworth branch line, leaving the Midland Main Line at Duffield. The line was reopened as the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway.

History
The station was opened by the Midland Railway on 1 October 1867. Dale Quarry was opened in 1874, 0.7 miles (1.1 km) west of the station yard. Stone was initially conveyed by horse and cart, but plans for a tramway were unpopular as it would have passed through the town. A standard gauge tunnel was built under the town, linking the quarry and the station yard and was opened on 17 November 1877. The final timetabled service ran between Derby and Wirksworth on 14 June 1947, although the line remained listed as 'suspended' for another two years before final closure in 1949. The station yard remained in use for the carriage of stone as the surrounding quarries and mineral lines were still operational. Unfortunately this resulted in the demolition of the station buildings in 1968 as the space was needed for construction of freight facilities. In the mid 1984 the station was the terminus for a number of test runs of new class 150 diesel multiple units, which were later combined with charity fund raising special excursions known as the Wirksworth Phoenix The station was reopened on 1 October 2002 by Mr George Repton, who had been an engine driver on the line and the Wirksworth deputy mayor.

Film and TV appearances
In June 2007 Wirksworth was used as the fictional station of Lightbourne in the BBC television series Casualty, season 22, episode 05. In August 2009, the station was also used under the fictional guise of Castlebury for a new BBC Drama aired between 1st and 5th March 2010 called "Five Days II".

Operation
The service runs regularly at weekends, holidays and special events. Several separate services are provided from Wirksworth, depending on the event and the day. Platform 3 is reserved for the shuttle service to Ravenstor. The station is unusual because the principal services operate from Platforms 2 and 3 leaving Platform 1 virtually redundant.

Station Facilities
  • Booking Hall with seating area
  • Rest facilities
  • Buffet/café facilities (open operating weekends)
  • Children's play area
  • Picnic area
  • Charity gift shop (open operating weekends)
  • Historical railway museum (open operating weekends)
  • Model Railway layouts (open operating weekends)


Route

Preceding station Historical railways Following station Idridgehay Midland Railway Wirksworth Branch Terminus Heritage railways Idridgehay Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Ravenstor