Return to Butterley Station
You then pass the signal box, rescued from Kilby Bridge near Leicester, and enter the western terminus of Hammersmith, named after a local community of houses built for workers in the nearby ironworks. Here the engine will again run around its train to take you back to Butterley.
Leaving Swanwick Junction the train returns to Butterley, but normally passes through the station non-stop and under the footbridge to cross over Butterley Reservoir on an impressive causeway. The reservoir was originally built to feed water into the Cromford and Nottingham canals, but now is now the haunt of wildfowl and is well used by fishermen and walkers.
The train will then return to Swanwick Junction and here we strongly recommend alighting to explore the museum complex. You can then catch a later train to return to Butterley.
The train then enters the terminus loop at Riddings Junction set high above the River Erewash and a number of old terraced cottages. Here the engine will uncouple and run round to the other end of the train for your return journey, or if a diesel multiple unit is in operation the driver will walk to the other end of the train. Whilst you are waiting you may see a train on the nearby main line.
The next bridge over the line is a farmer’s access bridge, which still retains its original Midland Railway stone arch. A little further on you then pass under another bridge as you travel through Ironville and pass our connection with the main line railway network. This curves away to the right of the train.