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Temporary Exhibition

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. came and interviewed Keith Gilliver about the book.

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Guided History Walks
Ashby Town
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
Book your place 01503 560090






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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

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Open throughout the year

Monday - Friday: 
11.00-1.00 and 2.00 - 4.00

10.00 - 2.00

From the 4th June we will be open until 4pm on Saturdays


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Ashby-de-la-Zouch Museum,
North Street,
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