Volunteers are assisting with the project by undertaking research. A book “Crich Mineral Railways” was published that included much information on the railway and other publications have also appeared but we quickly found that these contained many errors and lacked proper references.
We have put together a list of material that is worth researching and this will be added to as more information becomes available. It is amazing that the list already represents well in excess of 100 documents, many of which have never been properly studied. Not bad for a railway just over 1 mile long! Coupled with recording memories, archaeology and fieldwork we should build up what will surely become one of the most deatiled studies ever undertaken of a railway of this type.
The list can be downloaded here 1047 Research register v1
In addition we are making information already collected available to the people who have volunteered to help with research. This will avoid duplication and facilitate interpretation of new material.
Some of this material is being published for anyone to see on this website, where there are no copyright or privacy issues. It can be found in the sub-categories to this post.
Cromford Canal Act -landowners *
Cromford Canal Act – Powers to build railways *
Mentions of the Gangroad and associated quarries and limeworks in the Butterley Company Minute Books 1878-1905: Minutes extracts
Butterley Company Magazine Article 1886: Butterley Co Mag 1886
Note on Butterley Company “Coffeepot” locomotives *
Household Almanac Article (1920s)*
Butterley Company brochure:
“Crich (Derbyshire) Mineral railways, Ranson Cowlishaw, 1959:
Ranson Cowlishaw Doc.
Letter from Philip Riden discussing Fritchley Tunnel 1974*
Arkwright Society Project Proposal 1977: Arkwright Society project
* These items are currently only available on request to registered project volunteers due to copyright and privacy issues.
Since the project began we have made two press releases, the first covered the launch of the project and the second the planned celebration of two hundred years since a “steam locomotive” was first used on the line!
Press release 1 1016
Press release 21045 press release 2
Before the project commenced we were already active in gaining support and spreading information about it. Seventy people attended the talk “Prehistoric Railways in Derbyshire” that we gave on 30th October 2013 as part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Discovery Days. 42 joined the walk the following day along the Gangroad. Altogether we collected email addresses for 22 new people who would like to be kept informed about the project and we gained some useful new information as well.