About the East Midlands Ranger Area Challenge

In early 2019, I came up with the idea of visiting all 76 railway stations in the East Midlands Ranger area, as defined by this map on the National Rail Enquiries website.

The Idea

The idea came to me when I visited Cromford for the first time in February 2019. I had decided that I needed a new hobby, and I had been inspired by the 2017 project All the Stations, in which a couple from London spent the summer of that year visiting each and every one of the then 2,563 railway stations in Great Britain (more stations have opened since then). Visiting every station in the country would be out of the question for me, but I found that I could realistically visit 76 stations in the East Midlands.

Cromford railway station, February 2019.

The Rules

Unlike All the Stations, where they had to only be on a train which called at a station, my rule is that I must arrive at or depart from a station by train. I can alight at one station and walk to another to catch a train. That’s really the only rule; there is no time limit or anything else.

Nottingham station.

Progress

At the time of writing (November 2020), I have completed 44 of the 76 stations. You can see which ones I have done by clicking the East Midlands Ranger Area Map link on the menu above, or here. The project has been halted twice in 2020 due to the you-know-what virus. However, as soon as I get the all-clear to travel again, I will be back on the trains.

Longport railway station. The most recently visited.