The Midland Railway - Butterley features 3.5 miles of line, Butterley Station, which is the main entrance and a large museum complex at Swanwick Junction.

We operate standard and narrow gauge railways with both steam and diesel passenger trains. Our Swanwick Junction Complex has a museum focused on the Midland Railway and Midland Railway buildings as well as a large collection of steam and diesel locomotives.

“It is a day out for the whole family with model and miniature railways and a country park as well as steam and diesel locomotives operating and a host of other attractions.”

Two of the questions we often get asked here at the Midland Railway - Butterley are, “what things are there at Butterley other than trains?” and “when do your attractions open?” Well, on running days, facilities and attractions are available from 30 minutes before the first train leaves Butterley. Trains generally start running at either 10.30am or 11.00am. You can check our timetables here.

On non-running days the Matthew Kirtley Building (Railway Museum), ‘West Shed Experience’, Demonstration Signal Box and Victorian Railwayman's Church are available and these are open from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

When we are running trains,the motive power will be selected from our collection of heritage steam and diesel locomotives and DMU locomotives (with, for some events, appearances by visiting locos). To enquire about the motive power being used on the day of your proposed visit please call our information line on 01773 570140 or contact us here.
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The entrance to the Midland Railway - Butterley is at Butterley Station, there is no other public entrance. When you arrive at Butterley Station you may not notice that the building you see today is not the original. This was demolished following closure of the railway.

The Midland Railway Trust has rebuilt the platforms and moved a station building stone by stone from Whitwell, in North Derbyshire. Lot’s more information about Butterley Station is available here.

There is lots to see and do at the Swanwick Junction Complex. You can get there on a train or by walking on the footpath from Butterley Station. The Railway Museum, West Shed Experience, Country Park, Demonstration Signal Box and Victorian Railwayman's Church are open most days for you to visit and explore. There’s lot’s more information about Swanwick Junction Complex available here.

From the Swanwick Junction Complex you can access the 35 acre Country Park and enjoy a peaceful walk along its network of footpaths. There is a wide range of wildlife areas and great views of passing trains. At the far end of the park is the woodland burial ground. Click here for more information about our Country Park area here at the Midland Railway - Butterley.

Entrance to the Midland Railway - Butterley at your starting point (Butterley Station), is FREE (although we would appreciate any donation you care to give).

cost of train rides depends on the event being run and varies from £10.00 to £15.50 per adult (discounts are available for the over 60s) and from £5.00 to £7.75 per child (age 5 to 16). Family tickets (2 adults and 3 children under 16 years old) are available from £25.00 to £38.75. Check our Calendar of Events here or download our Timetable Leaflet above

Tickets are valid all day (except for Santa Specials)
There is a supplement of £1.00 (adult) and 50p (child) for 1st Class travel (when available).

“The highlight of any visit to Midland Railway - Butterley is the Museum at the Swanwick Junction Complex where you alight from your train for a full day out”

“Every visit is different, with some attractions open on certain days and Locomotives and Rolling Stock being moved.”

“Sometimes you can see special visitors,  a vintage Steam Loco or a historic Diesel Loco.”

Attractions at Butterley Station include:

…… much, much, more… more info here

Attractions at Swanwick Junction include:

…… much, much, more… more info here

What’s Here at Butterley? Offer?

Calendar/Timetable 2015/16 Download Visitors' Guide Download

Ticket & Entrance Information

Butterley’s Main Areas

The Midland Railway Butterley has three main areas for you to visit and explore as well as enjoying your train ride with us. Your point of arrival is Butterley Station, our first area and your entrance point. Whilst there is plenty to see and do at Butterley Station, especially on operating days, our main range of attractions are at our second area of interest, the  Swanwick Junction Complex. The other main area, and the third area for you to enjoy, is our Country Park. We have provide you with a brief overview of each are below and more detailed information is available by clicking the identified links to each area’s main web pages.

Take a look at our overviews of the three areas at the Midland Railway - Butterley below

Butterley Station (Overview)

Swanwick Junction (Overview)

Country Park (Overview)

Butterley Station Country Park Swanwick Junction Click to view or download our Timetable for 20015/16 Swanwick Junction Station here at the Midland Railway - Butterley

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