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Rowsley Railway Miscellany -
Reminiscences and facts about this
once thriving railway community
: ISBN 978-0-9552251-1-6
compiled and edited by Glynn Waite (Rowsley Association).
Published 2006 - 48 pages, illustrated, maps.
A4 - Softback : £7.50 from bookstores, £8.50 (mail order).

Glynn Waite was the last Chief Clerk at Rowsley Shed. He has researched the history of railway operations at Rowsley - and the Midland Railway in general - in considerable detail. Glynn was the co-author of 'Rowsley : A Rural Railway Centre' and has been editor of the Midland Railway Society's Journal for the past 10 years.

The Rowsley Association is the corporate name for the ex-Railwaymen and their families from the area who continue to keep in touch with one another through an annual reunion and a half-yearly 20-page Newsletter (originally a quarterly publication of 10 pages).

This camaraderie did not start immediately after the closure of Rowsley as a railway centre. Indeed, it was 1990 before the germ of an idea was sown.

Following the closure of the shed on 3rd October 1966, there had been an 'end of the line' party to mark the break up of this dedicated railway community. A chance discussion in 1990 about photographs taken on that occasion led to three local railwaymen Glynn Waite, Fred Morton and Laurence Knighton considering the possibility of organising a 25th 'anniversary' party. Glynn and Fred had worked at Rowsley, while Laurence, a native of Bakewell, had various connections with the line. With help from their wives, they set about both raising funds for the event and contacting former employees.

The response was quite amazing, and on the evening of 4th October 1991, almost 250 people descended on the former Northwood Institute at Darley Dale, some travelling from as far as the South Coast and London.

Those who attended so enjoyed meeting their former colleagues and talking about 'the good old days', that a request was made to repeat the event on an annual basis. As a further means of keeping in touch and reminiscing about the past, it was decided at the beginning of 1995 to produce a periodic Newsletter. Again, the response has been tremendous and 170 copies of each issue are currently produced. At the time of writing (September 2008) around 540 pages have been produced in 39 issues and there is plenty more material to be published. This publication consists of extracts from these Newsletters and covers 35 different subjects. A further volume has now been produced (see below).

For more information - or if you wish to subscribe to the Newsletter (which currently costs just £3.00 per annum), please contact the Rowsley Association.

Copies of the book may also be obtained from the author - Glynn Waite, 113 Green Oak Road, Totley, Sheffield. S17 4FS.

Email Glynn.Waite (at) btinternet.com

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