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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



Press Release – Friendly Engines Event.

Over the bank holiday weekend of the 23rd to the 25th May 2015 the Midland Railway – Butterley will be running a Friendly Engines event that will see several locomotive characters around the railway including the very popular “Taffy”.

“Taffy” is a very characterful engine that was built over 100 years ago and has had a history of pulling coal, steel and now even passengers. Visitors will be able to help give “Taffy” a drink during the day and see a special play starring “Taffy”, a not so friendly Diesel, the Railway Director, a narrow gauge engine and even “Kimberley” the bus.

Also on show will be the visiting locomotive number 985 that used to work at nearby Bentinck Colliery. Trains will be running from 11.00 at Butterley Station with the play taking place just after 2.00 pm at Swanwick Junction. 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.

“This weekend is a bit of fun for all the family and a chance to see all sorts of locomotives in use. “Taffy” is always popular and the open air play with full sized railway locomotives and wagons is a very unusual attraction.”

For further information please contact the railway.

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