Steeple Grange Light Railway
The Steeple Grange is a half-mile (0.8 km) 18 inch (457 mm) gauge narrow gauge line, built in 1985 on the former Killer's Branch line from Steeple House Junction of the Cromford and High Peak Railway and Middleton Quarry in Derbyshire. The line features a steep 1:27 (3.7 %) gradient incline from the back of the engine shed to halfway up Killer's Branch. A crossover exists halfway up the hill as well as sidings on the site of Dark Lane mine, soon to be the coaching stock shed.
This was our final summer outing, when we were treated to two rides up the line. Although the track is laid up to Middleton, where a station is being built, we had to walk the final stretch, as ballast has not yet been laid.
All the work is carried out by volunteers, who meet on a Thursday to carry out tasks needed. During the summer it is open to the public at weekends between 2.00pm and 4.30pm.
After our visit we went to the DPS President's house for some welcome refreshments.
This concluded our excellent summer programme, arranged by Mary Nicholson, our Programme Secretary.