• Series of events across the East Midlands Trains network to mark ‘Community Rail in the City’ day with displays by Peregrine Falcons and the launch of a children’s activity book
  • Community Rail groups supported ACoRP’s national day of action to promote sustainable tourism by rail

East Midlands Trains hosted two Peregrine Falcons and helped to launch a children’s activity book as part of its celebrations for ‘Community Rail in the City’ day.  

‘Community Rail in the City’ is an increasingly widespread celebration aimed at developing tourism and travel for recreation on Britain’s community rail routes, encouraging thousands of passengers to explore epic landscapes, coastal scenes, and sites of historic interest.

East Midlands Trains supported the event by hosting a range of activities across its network. At Nottingham and Derby stations, representatives from across the Derwent Valley Line Community Rail Partnership, East Midlands Trains and ACoRP launched an activity book, showcasing the beautiful the Derwent Valley Line.

The activity book has been produced for families to discover the wonderful heritage and landscape of the Derwent Valley through a series of activity trails. In the booklet, ‘Perri the peregrine’ is the guide to family walking trails from each station between Duffield and Matlock along with numerous child orientated activities that are featured throughout the book.

The character of Perri has been based upon the falcons that nest in Derby Cathedral and on Belper Mill. Two peregrine falcons also made an appearance, as well as ‘Perri the peregrine’; the books mascot and Bertie the Badger from Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. On Wednesday 22 May, Perri visited Derby, Nottingham and Leicester to hand out copies of the booklet.

On Wednesday 15 May, the North Staffs Community Rail Partnership visited Crewe station where they invited passengers to make clay figures to join the British Ceramics Biennial’s cast of thousands. This is a major new project for this autumn’s British Ceramics Biennial Festival in Stoke-on-Trent. 

Also on hand were volunteer station adopters from the North Staffs Line who help to keep stations clean, colourful and inviting with planting, painting and artwork. They gave out 500 free goody bags to passengers throughout the day, as well as bags of sweets as part of EMT’s Treats programme.

On Friday 17 May, North Nottinghamshire & Lincolnshire and The Poacher Line Community Rail Partnerships took a group of Separatist Pilgrims to Kings Cross Station in London to promote ‘Mayflower 400’, a year of events to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the sailing of The Pilgrim Fathers from rural Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire to a life in The New World. Passengers were also treated to EMT Treats chocolate bars.  

Donna Adams, Community Rail and Stakeholder Manager for East Midlands Trains said: “East Midlands Trains is proud to support Community Rail in the City. This year we supported lots of activities at our stations, nationally and on train to help promote local railway lines. From creating clay figures to being up close to peregrine falcons, to learning about the Mayflower 400 celebrations, providing the opportunity to inspire others to travel to these scenic community rail lines.”