NSCRP promotes the importance of local railways in improving mobility and sustainable travel, community cohesion and wellbeing, and social and economic development.

Derby Ram Trail

Derby Ram Trail

Jul 2022

Visitors flocked to Derby during the summer of 2022 to find 30 brightly painted rams in the city’s historic town centre. What a good excuse to go for a ramble around Derby! East Midlands Railway sponsored the Community Ram outside Derby Station to raise awareness of its two local community rail partnerships: NSCRP and the Derwent Valley Line CRP. Painted by local artist, Holly Aspinall, it featured the Heights of Abraham, canal boats, Peak District hills, Tutbury Castle, bottle ovens, a steam train, a racehorse and lots of figures representing our station volunteers.

The trail contributed an estimated £1.4 million to the local economy. The Derby Ram Trail culminated in a public auction, hosted by celebrity auctioneer Charles Hanson, which saw all 30 ram sculptures auctioned off to raise an impressive £172,000 for Derby Museums’ Endowment Fund (doubled to 344,000 with match funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund).

Holly Aspinall poses next to the Derby Community Ram at the Darby Ram Trail
Posted by Claire Sandys


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