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May - July
The Return Of The Sixpenny Switchback
The Burton and Ashby Light Railways was owned by the Midland Railway and built to connect their stations at Burton, Swadlincote, where the line split with one route going Castle Gresley and the other route via Woodville to Ashby. The system operated between 1906 and 1927. After closure all the trams were disposed of. A chance discovery by members of Gresley Model Railway Club resulted in them acquiring the body of Car 14 which they did a lot of restoration work on. Following sponsorship and major restoration the tram moved to Detroit in 1980 and ran there for the next 23 years. When the system was closed in 2003 it was assumed that the tram had been scrapped but in October 2014 it resurfaced and has returned to this country. In 1983 Peter White and Joe Storer wrote and published a book called Sixpenny Switchback which was the first full history of the tramway. Both the original authors are now dead but Peter’s vast photographic collection is now housed at Ashby Museum so using this a much enhanced version of the book called Return to the Sixpenny Switchback is being published by the Museum.
The Author, Keith Gilliver was a close friend of Peter’s and was in a unique position to write this.
SwadlincoteTV.com came and interviewed Keith Gilliver about the book.
Watch the video here
Guided History Walks
August 17th 2016
The walks are for people to learn a little more about Ashby in general, some of the unusual and little known facts about the town, and its buildings.
The walks start and finish at Ashby Museum in North Street at 7pm and last about 1 1/2 hours
Cost £3.50: pay on the evening
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Charity Number:513745 Accreditation Number:560 Company Number:1705930
Adults £1 Children 50p Senior Citizens 50p
Pre-booked organised education
groups by negotiation
Free admission to holders of English Heritage Membership Cards or a valid admission ticket to Ashby Castle
Open throughout the year
Monday - Friday:
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Telephone 01530 560090