Friday, 5 October 2007


Top BBC Drama Places Wirksworth’s Railway in the Big League and is launched to promote filming at the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Wirksworth, 29th September 2007: Wirksworth Station was upgraded to main line status and witnessed dramatic scenes and a lucky escape for characters in the BBC’s top medical drama ‘Casualty’ broadcast tonight.

Only months after taking centre stage in ITV’s thriller ‘Mobile’, the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway has again achieved top billing with the BBC as the scene of an explosive episode that was filmed in June.

Wirksworth station was transformed both in appearance and location, partially thorough the work of the BBC’s set designers but also through the efforts of the railway’s own volunteers who have built two new platforms at the station in just six months, allowing the station to take on the appearance of a through station on the main line.

The plot for the episode was under wraps until tonight’s broadcast, but the BBC were fulsome in their praise for the high standard of support provided by the railway’s volunteers and management.

The filming took place over three days and involved two trains and used scenes at several locations down the line. In addition to using the railway, the BBC crew employed extras from Antony Gell School, giving several pupils the opportunity to appear on the small screen.

“We are delighted to have brought Casualty to Wirksworth” remarked Phil Tarry, WyvernRail’s Projects Director. “Our modern rolling stock continues to attract the film and television industry; indeed since we began, our intercity train has appeared under the identities of two fictitious train operators and even German Federal Railways” he added.

The railway is now promoting its rail filming facilities under the banner and this operates in parallel with the company’s highly successful engineering business.


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Depicts RailFilmLocations’ express train, as used in Casualty.
Depicts RailFilmLocations’ express train arriving at Wirksworth, masquerading as ‘Lightbourne’ for Casualty.
Depicts Wirksworth station dressed as ‘Lightbourne’ for the filming of Casualty.
Depicts the departure board used at Wirksworth for Casualty.

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