Most trains depart from Butterley Station heading under the road bridge and past the former goods yard to your right and, to your left, the signal box, rescued from Ais Gill on the famous Settle and Carlisle line. You then pass through a long cutting, which eventually opens out into the museum complex. On the right you will see the workshop for the Historic Carriage and Wagon team, where many of the old wooden bodied vehicles are restored. Outside there are a large number of vehicles waiting for their turn in the restoration queue.
The train then passes under the large signal gantry and you will see more tracks and a view across the museum complex. The very large Swanwick Junction signal box is on your right. This was rescued from Kettering and controls train movements around the station.
Next you arrive at Swanwick Junction Station, with its impressive buildings and footbridge. We recommend that you stay on the train and alight on your return. The former Swanwick Colliery branchline can be seen on the left; approximately 400 yards of track is still in place and is occasionally used by trains. After this, on your right is the railway’s country park. This is an area of about 40 acres through which you can walk and explore. At the end of the park is the Golden Valley Burial Ground, offering woodland burials, and a footbridge which connects to the section of the country park to the north of the line.
Beyond the Golden Valley bridge you can see the canal side cottages through the trees to your right. Beyond these, on the top of the hill, is the Jessop Monument, built to commemorate William Jessop one of the managers of Butterley Ironworks.