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 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 (Geoff Marshall and Vicki Pipe) 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 figured that I could realistically visit 76 stations in the East Midlands.
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. However, the rules have had to be broken for stations which don’t have a regular service, such as Polesworth in Warwickshire.
At the time of writing (October 2021), I have completed 58 of the 76 stations. You can see which ones I have done on the East Midlands Ranger Area Map. The project has been halted twice in 2020-21 due to the you-know-what virus; from March – July 2020 and from October 2020 – April 2021.