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Press Release – The Seafish Special
Saturday 11th July 2015

The Midland Railway-Butterley have teamed up with “SEAFISH” a local award winning fish and chip restaurant and take-away with 30 year’s experience to offer this 1960’s themed steam train ride “The Sea Fish Special” while enjoying your chippie tea.

The Train will depart Butterley Station at 18:00 with your pre-booked chippie tea served to your table and on train bar will be open for Beer and soft drink refreshments while the train travels to the end of the line.

On the return leg of the journey the train will make a scheduled stop at Swanwick Station for passengers to alight for Keeling’s Traditional Funfair were everything is £1 per ride.

Passengers will then return to the train for the last leg of the journey back to Butterley Station for a swinging 60’s Disco with on train bar staying open till late.


All prices will include train travel, one choice from the menu and the 60’s disco. The train will be steam hauled subject to availability on the day

Please book online from the link above or contact Butterley Station for all other booking enquiries on 01773 7476 or for further information please contact the railway.

Press Release – Photo Experience Days at the Midland Railway - Butterley

The Midland Railway – Butterley are hosting regular Digital Photography Training days.

These workshops are the perfect opportunity to improve photography whether beginner, improving enthusiast or more advanced photographer. The courses will be facilitated by a local professional photographer.

The focus will be on learning and improving camera skills, building composition and capturing striking images at this unique location that offers everyone limitless opportunities to create stunning images of a range of subjects.

The Midland Railway – Butterley  is an excellent location that offers everyone endless opportunity to photograph subjects not available anywhere else. This is certainly not a course just for the railway enthusiast but for everyone interested in learning and practicing new skills, seeking out and creating stunning unique images and exploring a diverse range of subjects.

The unique charm of a preserved railway is in the unspoiled appearance, the abundance of interesting subjects from heavy engineering to unrestored carriages, impressive buildings and views.

Participants will have exclusive access to unique locations not usually accessible to the public and will be accompanied throughout the day by an expert from the Railway to guide you and provide more background on the locations and items we will be photographing.

Places are strictly limited to twelve people per day to ensure everyone receives personal tuition and individual feedback throughout the course. The first courses are to be held on 30th May and 20th June.

Full details of the course content and course availability are available from The Midland Railway – Butterley, Butterley Station, Ripley, Derbyshire. DE5 3QZ. Tel: 01773 570140, Fax: 01773 570721.

For further information please contact the railway.

Adult Menu

Children’s Menu

Fish, Chips & Peas

2 Fish Fingers, Chips & Peas

2 Plain Sausages, Chips & Peas

Plain Sausage, Chips & Beans

Fishcake, Chips & Peas

3 Chicken Nuggets, Chips & Beans





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East Midlands couple recognised by PM for saving local tourist attraction

Dedicated Derbyshire volunteers Anne and Chris Deeth, who stepped in to keep local tourist attraction and historical treasure, the Midland Railway Trust, on track when its manager sadly passed away, have been named Points of Light by Prime Minister David Cameron.

The Deeths are the latest recipients of a Point of Light award, which recognises outstanding individual volunteers, people who are making a change in their community and inspiring others. Each day, someone, somewhere in the country is selected to receive the award to celebrate their remarkable achievements.

Chris and Anne Deeth, have been committed volunteers for 34 years at the Midland Railway Trust, and when the attraction was left without a manager they immediately stepped up and took it upon themselves to ensure the tourist attraction could still continue, allowing hundreds of local people and tourists to enjoy the museum and Railway. Over the years they have turned their hands to almost every activity: dressing in period costumes for guided tours, wrestling with the Trust’s budget, organising events, chairing committees, developing the museum and many more, but have still found time for their passion of restoring old railway carriages.

The Midland Railway Trust at Butterley Station in Ripley is a unique tourist attraction, featuring preserved steam and diesel hauled passenger trains and a popular museum. The Deeths have had a wide ranging involvement across the three decades they’ve volunteered for the Trust, both being Trustees since the early 1990s, with Chris being Chairman from 1994-2014.

Prime Minister David Cameron said:

“Great British historical attractions like the Midland Railway Trust need commitment and enthusiasm if they are to continue to entertain and delight families and communities.

“Anne and Chris Deeth have shown those qualities in spades, and I am very pleased to be able to recognise their service by making them both Points of Light.”

Upon receiving the award, Chris and Anne said: “We are absolutely thrilled to receive this award.  The fact that it is a joint award is particularly pleasing as it reflects the way in which we work.  Volunteering in railway preservation is an integral part of our lives and helping to celebrate our local and national heritage gives us a great deal of pleasure.”


Gloria De Piero MP for Ashfield said:

“I’m delighted that my constituents have been recognised for their outstanding work at the Midland Railway Trust. People like Anne and Chris who have devoted so much of their own time to help keep a popular attraction going for the enjoyment of families across the area are real stars and deserve this award. Congratulations.”


The Deeths are the 263rd and 264th winner of the Points of Light award which has been developed in partnership with the hugely successful Points of Light programme in the USA and was first established by President George H. W. Bush. Over 5,000 US Points of Light have been awarded and both President George H. W. Bush and President Barack Obama have publicly supported the partnership with Points of Light UK which honours shining examples of volunteering across the country.

Regardless of whether it’s a doctor restoring local monuments in her free time, a father teaching young people life skills, or a local musician giving a voice to lonely people, the Point of Light award honours shining examples of volunteering across the UK.   

Chris and Anne Deeth1. The Points of Light awards recognise outstanding individual volunteers, people who are making a change in their community and inspiring others.

2. The Prime Minister makes daily announcements of the winners to celebrate, encourage and promote volunteering and the value that it brings to the country.  

3. Groups and organisations that are demonstrating the Big Society in their work or activities will continue to be recognised by the Prime Minister through the Big Society awards.

4. If people know someone who could be a Point of Light they should write to the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street.

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