Information Hotline 01773 570 140 “This small play area at Swanwick Junction allows children to let off some of their own steam.” Layout map of our Swanwick Junction Complex here at the Midland Railway - Butterley

GVLR Shed

Children’s Playground

Model Railway

Johnson’s Buffet

Fork Truck Heritage Centre

St. Saviours Church

Demonstration Signal Box

Road Transport Building

Stationary Power House

Matthew Kirtley Building

Historical Model Railway Society

Miniature Railway

West Shed Experience

Swanwick Junction Signal Box

Narrow Gauge Railway Station

St. Mary’s Goods Yard Buildings

Swanwick Junction Station

Diesel Depot

To Country Park

To Butterley Station

Allport’s Emporium

Broom Junction Station

!We are continually making developments to the complex so please take care during your visit
“The highlight of any visit to the Midland Railway - Butterley is a tour of our Swanwick Junction Complex.”
On operational days there is plenty for you to take a look at and enjoy at the Swanwick Junction Complex. The Matthew Kirtley Building (Railway Museum), West Shed Experience, Country Park, Demonstration Signal Box and Victorian Railwayman's Church are always open for you to visit and explore.

The Golden Valley Light Railway (GVLR) and Butterley Park Miniature Railway are based here too and details of their operating dates are shown in our events and train timetables listings. The normal route to visit this part of our site would be via a train trip or by the walking route direct from Butterley Station. This is a walk of about half a mile and may not suit all of our visitors because of the terrain.  Please contact us for further information.

Named after the Midland Railway’s first Chief Mechanical Engineer, this houses the main Exhibition Hall and features our main museum collection, and is the largest building in the complex. The steel framework of this building was moved here from a former wagon works in Bulwell, near Nottingham.


Inside the Museum is a unique collection of locomotives and rolling stock covering steam, diesel and electric power from the 1860s to the present day. It also houses a significant collection of vintage carriages restored at the Midland Railway - Butterley.


In a separate bay of the building, not normally open to the public for health and safety reasons, there are several locomotives in storage and undergoing restoration, as well as  the running fleet of steam and diesel locomotives when not actually in service.


As the Chief Mechanical Engineer, Matthew Kirtley was the Locomotive and Carriage Superintendent of the Midland Railway Company from its creation and was in charge of Derby Works until his death. He oversaw the design and construction of rolling stock during a major period of development for all railways. Examples of his work can be seen on display in the museum.

This is operated by the Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust and houses their display of locomotives, rolling stock, other artefacts and a replica of the office of the locomotive designer Sir William Stanier. There is also a large workshop viewing gallery.


This locomotive depot has been built by the Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust to house and maintain their impressive collection. This includes two of the five remaining Stanier Pacifics, Princess Margaret Rose and Duchess of Sutherland.


There are also two Standard Class 4Ts, 80080 and 80098. In addition, there are 21" gauge locomotives originally built for Butlin's Holiday Camps which are being restored.



The station building on the island platform (platforms 3 and 4) is a replica of that at Broom Junction. This was constructed by volunteers at the railway. Broom Junction was on the former Evesham and Redditch line and photographs show that the station layout bore an uncanny resemblance to the layout at Swanwick Junction.


The Trust was due to acquire the original station building from Warwickshire County Council when travellers occupied the site at Broom and burnt the building to the ground. As there were full survey details of the building, it was decided to build a replica at Swanwick Junction. This was completed in 2005.



“The replica of Broom Junction Station on platforms 3 and 4 at Swanwick Junction.”

Just past the station on the left is our new Diesel Depot that is also used for some special events but is otherwise not open to the public. This building is to be extended in the near future.
Brands Crossing Signal Box is unique in that the public are encouraged to visit this box and see how a Midland Signalman worked. The box has been rescued from Linby, just north of Nottingham and represents a typical Midland Railway signal box.

The working signal boxes at the railway are maintained and operated by members of the Midland Railway Signalman's Association but, because they are operating boxes, they are not open to the general public.

The large building below Johnson’s Buffet houses a collection of historic fork lift trucks and road vehicles. This building has been recently completed and further exhibits are being obtained.

The Fork Truck Heritage Centre is open on a limited number of days during the year.



The Narrow Gauge line is operated by the GVLR. Trains run on most weekends and school holidays from April until October. The journey runs through the Country Park to a terminus close to the Cromford Canal tunnel entrance in Golden Valley.


This 2 foot gauge line operates  on the track bed of the Butterley Works plateway which was built to carry goods to the canal at Ironville. The Golden Valley Terminus overlooks the restored canal basin and the entrance to Butterley Canal Tunnel.


You can use this line to explore the Country Park or simply enjoy a trip on this unusual train. Trains run every weekend from April to October. Stock for this project has been collected from a variety of sources including local collieries, brick works, and even some vehicles from as far away as Poland.


The static power building is open on peak days and is located at the side of the Matthew Kirtley Building.


This building houses a large collection of machines from agriculture and industry.


Outside and behind the Matthew Kirtley Building is the Richard Levick Workshop which houses the Trust's main locomotive restoration facility.


Access to this area is obviously restricted and permission should be sought before entering the building.




A path leads from either side of the Matthew Kirtley Building up to the Butterley Park Miniature Railway. This line operates every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from Easter to the end of September.


It is a 3.5" and 5" gauge line with a circuit of approximately one sixth of a mile.


The line is fully signalled using miniature examples of traditional railway signals controlled from a miniature Midland Railway signal box. You can enjoy a ride behind one of these excellent miniature locomotives at a nominal additional charge and enjoy the pleasure of this excellent line.


The large Midland Railway Signal Box which was rescued from Kettering on the former Midland Railway main line to London is the main operating signal box at Swanwick Junction.


It has been completely restored to control the large number of tracks in and out of this complicated junction. As it is a working signal box, visitors are not allowed inside.


Down the steps to the right on the path leading to the West Shed Experience a path leads to the Historic Carriage and Wagon workshop and in front of it can be seen a large number of historic carriages and wagons awaiting restoration.


On certain days, and with permission, it is possible to see the work being done in the workshop building.


From here you can cross the track and take the path back to Butterley or return to the main Swanwick Junction Complex.


“This small play area at Swanwick Junction allows children to let off some of their own steam.”
This new facility has a viewing area that is open on many days and you can see progress on a number of projects including the restoration of the historic Ashover Light Railway coach. It is operated by the Golden Valley Light Railway (GVLR). Trains run on most weekends and school holidays from April until October. The journey runs through the Country Park to a terminus close to the Cromford Canal tunnel entrance in Golden Valley.
The layouts of the Swanwick Junction Model Railway Club are now housed in the Swanwick Junction Gatehouse following an arson attack in October 2012 and this is open most weekends.

The award winning ‘Tin Tabernacle’ Victorian Church has been rescued from the railway village of Westhouses. It is the first stage in our Victorian Street Scene. It is a delight to savour the atmosphere of this Church which has been used for a number of services since its rebuilding at the Midland Railway - Butterley.


Built in 1898 to support the village of Westhouses  and moved to Swanwick Junction when it fell into disuse . It was built with support from the original Midland Railway Company for worshippers in this railway town.



This emporium is named after Sir James Allport, a remarkable gentleman who, as the Chief Clerk of the Birmingham and Derby Junction Railway, was made redundant when the Midland Railway was first formed.

However, his railway career prospered and he was eventually appointed General Manager of the Midland Railway in October 1853. He became Chairman of the Board of directors in 1880. Allport’s Emporium souvenir shop is located in the main Swanwick Junction Station building.

Johnson's Buffet which is named after the Midland Railway's Locomotive Superintendent who was responsible for designing some of the most attractive and reliable engines of their day. This buffet serves a wide range of refreshments, snacks and meals, including Sunday Lunches on special days.

The small brick building at the entrance to the complex was rescued from St. Mary's Goods Yard in Derby. It has been rebuilt using new materials to its original design. Close by can be seen the two former Coal Merchants' offices from the same St. Mary's Goods Yard.

One of these houses the disabled toilets and the parent and baby room. The other is still used as an office.

Access to the Country Park is through the gates.

The layouts of the Swanwick Junction Model Railway Club are now housed in the Swanwick Junction Gatehouse following an arson attack in October 2012 and this is open most weekends.

“The gatehouse which was rescued from St. Mary's Goods Yard in Derby.”

“Two former Coal Merchants' offices from the same St. Mary's Goods Yard used as toilets and an office.”

Link to The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust

The National Headquarters of the Historical Model Railway Society was completed in 2005. This purpose-built structure was funded entirely by voluntary subscription and on its three floors contains a Display Area and Shop; a Study Centre containing an extensive library, archive and reading rooms; and a secure archive store housing large collections of drawings and photographs.


The Display Area, containing a number of exhibition standard model railway layouts and other models, will be open to the general public at all times that the Matthew Kirtley Building is open.







The Study Centre is currently only available by appointment to HMRS Members and bona fide researchers of the railway scene. Further details can be obtained from the Centre Manager on 01773 745959 or by e-mail studycentre-manager@hmrs.org.uk.


Model Railway

Swanwick Junction Station has been created on the former goods junction and everything here has been built by the Midland Railway Trust. The main building was rescued from Syston, in Leicestershire, and is being gradually rebuilt with the Booking Hall, Station Masters Office and Toilets having opened in 2011.

The platforms have all been built by the Trust and the footbridge linking the platforms used to serve Belle Vue Station near Manchester to gain access to the nearby zoo. This will be completed as soon as funds permit. The building on the island platform is a replica of that at Broom Junction, Gloucestershire, the huge station signs are based on the standard Midland Railway design.

The original station was built in the 1870s on the Trent - Leicester line at the start of the Midland Railway's line to Peterborough. The work completed so far has been done with the help of a grant from the Derby and Derbyshire Economic Partnership. Funds are urgently needed to complete the fitting out of the building. If you wish to help please click here or on the link across.

The former Swanwick Colliery Branch can be seen curving round into the woods and this is being refurbished for use on special occasions.

The highlight of any visit to the Midland Railway – Butterley is a tour of the Swanwick Junction Complex. We suggest that you walk through the booking hall of the new station building, or around the building if this is not open, and into the complex itself.

Please help us complete the Swanwick Station building by donating here:

There’s so much to see….. seeeAboard…….”

An Aerial View of Swanwick Junction Complex

An Aerial View of Swanwick Junction Complex

From a photograph by Alan Taylor


Detailed Map Available Here

Swanwick Junction Station

The Station at Swanwick Junction.


The Station at Swanwick Junction was previously at Syston and is in the process of being completely rebuilt to replace the old Swanwick station master's office
(Signal Box from Linby Colliery).

On your left you can see the Diesel Depot that is used for the storage and overhaul of diesel locomotives and is sometimes used as a venue for special events. Over the unusual level crossing with both standard and narrow gauge tracks you can visit the Demonstration Signal Box. This gives some idea of the signalman’s working life and gives a great view of the area. Beyond this is the children’s play area that allows the youngsters to let off their own steam.

The Station at Swanwick Junction.

Matthew Kirtley Building

“The Matthew Kirtley Building housing locomotives and rolling stock as well as some workshops.”


“The Matthew Kirtley Building housing locomotives and rolling stock as well as some workshops.”

“West Shed Experience”

“The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust Depot (West Shed).” Picture courtesy of Mark Rose

“The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust Depot (West Shed).” Picture courtesy of Mark Rose

Broom Junction Station

The station building on the island platform (platforms 3 and 4) is a replica of that at Broom Junction

Diesel Depot

“The Diesel Depot at Swanwick Junction which houses some of the resident fleet of diesel locomotives.”

“The Diesel Depot at Swanwick Junction which houses some of the resident fleet of diesel locomotives.”

Demonstration Signal Box

“The Demonstration Signal Box at Swanwick Junction was re-opened by Ian Allen in May 1994.”

“The Demonstration Signal Box at Swanwick Junction was re-opened by Ian Allen in May 1994.”

Children’s Play Area

GVLR Shed

“The interior of the GVLR (narrow gauge) Running Shed at Swanwick Junction”

“The interior of the GVLR (narrow gauge) Running Shed at Swanwick Junction”

St. Saviour’s Church

“The railwaymen's church at Swanwick Junction was rescued from the railway village of Westhouses.”

“The railwaymen's church at Swanwick Junction was rescued from the railway village of Westhouses.”


“Please go in and soak up the atmosphere of this building.”

Johnson’s Buffet

“The Johnson’s Buffet at Swanwick Junction.” Click for an inside view.

“The Johnson’s Buffet at Swanwick Junction.

Catering Services

Allport’s Emporium

Gatehouse &

Coal Merchant’s Offices

“The gatehouse which was rescued from St. Mary's Goods Yard in Derby.” “Two former Coal Merchants' offices from the same St. Mary's Goods Yard used as toilets and an office.”

Fork Truck Heritage Centre

Road Transport Gallery

The Fork Truck Heritage Centre The Road Transport gallery Building

The Road Transport gallery Building is open on most days when trains are running.

This building houses a collection of buses and other fascinating road vehicles. The Gallery is run by the Midland Road Transport Group.

Golden Valley Light Railway

“The main station of the Golden Valley Light Railway.”

“The exterior of the GVLR (narrow gauge) Running Shed at Swanwick Junction”

Link to the National Fork Truck Heritage Centre website - click here to visit their website Click to visit the GVLR website Click to visit the GVLR website

“The main station of the Golden Valley Light Railway.”

Historical Model Railway Society

“The National Headquarters of the Historical Model Railway Society at the Swanwick Junction Complex.”

“The National Headquarters of the Historical Model Railway Society at the Swanwick Junction Complex.”

Link to the HMRS website - click to visit their website

Static Power Display

The static power building The Richard Levick Workshop which houses the Trust's main locomotive restoration facility

Richard Levick Workshop

Butterley Miniature Railway

“The main station of the Butterley Park Miniature Railway at Swanwick Junction.”

“The main station of the Butterley Park Miniature Railway at Swanwick Junction.”


“It is a 3.5" and 5" gauge line with a circuit of approximately one sixth of a mile. The line is fully signalled using miniature examples of traditional railway signals controlled from a miniature Midland Railway signal box.”

You can read more about the BPMR in our Focus On item here You can read more about the HMRS in our Focus On item here You can read more about the 'West Shed Experience' in our Focus On item here “The main operating signal box on the Swanwick Junction site rescued from Kettering.”

Kettering Signal Box

“The main operating signal box on the Swanwick Junction site rescued from Kettering.”

Historic Carriage & Wagon Workshop

“The Historic Carriage and Wagon workshop.”

“The Historic Carriage and Wagon workshop.”

The station building on the island platform (platforms 3 and 4) is a replica of that at Broom Junction

Swanwick Junction Station here at the Midland Railway - Butterley

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