The Midland Railway – Butterley is to recreate a long lost railway scene over the 16th and 17th August. Back in 2008 the golden Valley Light Railway recovered the last remaining carriage body from the Ashover Light Railway and have been busy restoring this historic vehicle ever since.
It had been used as a club room for the local bowls club who had done a great job
in looking after the coach but after 50 years out of use it had deteriorated and
a great deal of the coach has had to be replaced. In addition replica bogies have
had to be made and some of the changes that had been made to the body have been put
back to its original condition.
The coach came out of the shed for the first time on 3rd July for tests to check clearances as the coach is much larger than the Golden Valley Light Railway vehicles. The coach looked magnificent despite the fact that there is still a lot of work to be done.
Over the weekend of the 16th and 17th August a Baldwin 4-
Alan Calladine, the Midland Railway Trust’s Development Officer said “This will be a remarkable occasion to not only see a scene from railway history that has been lost since 1937 but also to be able to travel in this carriage, hauled by a locomotive identical to those that it was hauled by on the Ashover Light Railway. It will be a great day for those involved in the restoration of the coach and for anyone interested in the history of this remarkable railway.” For further information please get in touch with the Midland Railway – Butterley here.
A railway carriage believed to have been used by Winston Churchill to plan the D-
The 94 year old ‘Saloon 45000’ is believed to be one of several carriages that formed
a special train carrying Churchill and other political and military leaders in the
days leading up to D-
Other attractions during the weekend will include 1940s re-
Saloon 45000 is owned by The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust whose ‘West Shed
Museum’ is located at the Midland Railway-
Entrance to the 1940s weekend event is via train ride from the Midland Railway-
For further information about the event please contact the organiser -
Tel: 01773 743986 (Mon-
Editor’s Notes & Contact details:
The event is being organised by The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust in conjunction
with the Midland Railway-
Tel: 01773 743986 (Mon-
The Midland Railway – Butterley is home to the Golden Valley Light Railway and this narrow gauge railway has recently built a footbridge over its line to connect two parts of the Midland Railway – Butterley Country Park. The bridge was originally used at Berry Hill Park in Mansfield to cross the narrow gauge railway that was used there during the miner’s galas that were held in Berry Hill Park every year.
The Golden Valley Light railway volunteers are now looking for anyone with memories of this unusual railway. If anyone has memories or photographs of the Berry Hill Railway the Golden Valley Light railway would be delighted to hear from you and they can be contacted through the Midland Railway Trust.
Alan Calladine, the Midland Railway Trust’s Development Officer said, “We are pleased to have been able to rebuild this footbridge and open a new access through our Country Park, giving visitors another route to explore. But the bridge is also a piece of local history. The miners rallies at Berry Hill Park were an important annual event in Mansfield and a trip on the railway was part of the enjoyment of the day. The miners rally and the railway are now long gone but we hope that a small part of this history can live on at the Midland Railway – Butterley.”
Release Date 29 April 2014 -
Over the bank holiday weekend of the 3rd to the 5th May the Midland Railway–Butterley will be running its fleet of vintage coaches which will be hauled by the railways 1926 built London, Midland and Scottish Railway 3F tank locomotive that will be appearing in Somerset and Dorset Railway livery.
The remarkable collection of coaches include a Midland Railway four wheeled coach dating back to 1865, a six wheeled Midland Railway coach from 1884, a six wheeled Lancashire, Derbyshire and East Coast Railway coach dating from 1896, a British Railways horse box from 1949 with the grooms compartment for passengers and the Midland Railway Royal Saloon dating from 1912.
The last was built for King George V, perhaps someday a future King George may travel in this vehicle? Visitors in Victorian costume will be able to travel at half price and several of the Midland Railway Trust volunteers will be on the trains in costume to explain the history of these vehicles and the plans to add more coaches to the train in future years.
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. On the Sunday and Monday visitors will also be able to see two trains using Swanwick Junction Station and even use the station to travel back in time from a 1960s diesel hauled train to a 1880s steam train by crossing over the new footbridge.
Alan Calladine the Midland Railway Trust Development Officer said, “This is a great chance for visitors to travel in our historic Coaches and experience train travel as it was in the 19th century. The Midland Railway – Butterley one of very few places that can offer this real piece of living history.” For further information please get in touch with the Midland Railway – Butterley here.
Release Date 12 March 2014 -
The Midland Railway – Butterley will be hosting a very special Teddy Bears Picnic on the 15th, 16th, 22nd and 23rd March 2014. Throughout the weekend there will be special Teddy Bears Picnic displays and a competition.
Teddy bears will be having picnics in the vintage train that can be found in the Museum at Swanwick Junction as well as in their own cabin on Butterley Station. There will also be Teddy Bears throughout the railway.
As a special offer any Child brought in by their own Teddy Bear will be able to travel Free of charge.
The Railway Museum, and Country Park will be open, as will the Demonstration Signal Box, Victorian Railwayman’s Church, model railways and the Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust West Shed. The narrow gauge Golden Valley Light Railway will also be running trains through the Country Park. Visit our Teddy Bears; Picnic web page here.
Alan Calladine the Midland Railway Trust Development Officer said, “This is going to be a great family weekend with the chance for the whole family to enjoy a trip on a train, see plenty of Teddy Bears, take part in a competition and the chance for children to travel free of charge.” For further information please get in touch with the Midland Railway – Butterley here.