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Visiting Narrow Gauge Steam Locomotive at Midland Railway - Butterley

The Golden Valley Light Railway is the narrow gauge railway at the Midland Railway – Butterley and runs from the museum complex at Swanwick Junction through the country park. Over the summer it will be host to a historic steam locomotive dating from the First World War.

Number 3014 was built by Kerr Stuart in Stoke on Trent in 1916 for the French military railways. Kerr Stuart built 70 of these useful locomotives and named the class after the French General Joseph Joffre.  

After the war this locomotive was sold for industrial use and finished up in a quarry near Calais where it was used until 1956. It remained derelict in the quarry until it was brought back to Britain in 1974. It finally moved to the Moseley Railway Trust collection in 1998 where it was restored and returned to steam in 2011.

Number 3014 has been restored to the condition that it was delivered to the French military in 1916 and will be seen operating trains on the Golden Valley Light Railway on a number of dates over the summer. These will be:

The Railway Museum, Country Park, Golden Valley Light Railway, West Shed Experience, Demonstration Signal Box, Victorian Railwayman’s Church, Model and Miniature Railways, Shops and Buffets will all be open during these events.

Alan Calladine said “This is a great chance for visitors to see and travel behind a locomotive  that was built for use in the First World War battlefields and saw a lot of use in French industry before its extensive restoration to working order.”  

Trains to the Seaside

The Midland Railway – Butterley is running trains every day from 24th July until 6th September and is re-creating the seaside special excursions that were so popular for summer holidays to the coast.

From the earliest days of railways excursion trains were very popular and soon holidays by train were firmly established with the railways even creating their own resorts. One of the very first excursion trains was operated on the Midland Railway on 5th July 1841 by a gentleman named Thomas Cook who would soon make his name organising holidays.

The Midland Railway – Butterley seaside trains will be taking holiday makers on a short trip to a beach specially created by volunteers at the Museum Complex at Swanwick Junction. Complete with sand, pebbles, and a promenade the beach is next to the station at Swanwick Junction.

Alan Calladine said, “Creating a beach in Derbyshire which is about as far from the sea as you can make it in this country might seem a bit strange but we are sure that it will be popular. We hope that it will bring back memories of those trains that took so many holiday makers to the seaside before the advent of package holidays.”  For further information please get in touch with the Midland Railway – Butterley here.

Press Release – Railway looking for a General Manager

The Midland Railway – Butterley is looking for a General Manger to head up the heritage railway.

A group of Midland Railway Trust directors has been running the railway over the last few years and the board has now decided that the time is right to look for a new General Manger.

The successful candidate will need to be able to manage a very varied business with a lively mix of volunteers and paid staff who operate and develop the Midland Railway – Butterley.

The railway has some ambitious plans for the future and needs to expand the managerial team to take it forward.

Alex Gibson the Trust Chairman said “ We are very grateful to the team that has run the railway over the last few years, and they will all continue to put in a lot of effort to lead the Midland Railway – Butterley forward. However we need to expand what we are doing and see the need to appoint a General Manager who will take this important attraction forward. If anyone reading this thinks that they have got the ability and experience to take on this challenging position please send your details through to me at the Midland Railway Trust. “ Further information is available from the above contacts - get in touch with the Midland Railway – Butterley here.


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