Over the bank holiday weekend of the 25th to 27th August the Midland Railway –Butterley will be running its very special vintage train.
The vintage train is a remarkable collection of coaches, a real piece of living history with the majority of the vehicles dating back to the 1800’s.
The vintage train at the Midland Railway – Butterley operates twice a year so that the chance to travel on these historic vehicles is very limited. This year we are celebrating 50 years since steam locomotives were in regular use on the main line and 70 years since the most modern vehicle in the vintage train, the horse box, was built.
The Railway believes that this is the only horse box that is in operating condition out of the many hundreds that were once used around the railways of Britain.
Two steam locomotives are planned to be in use on the day, the visiting Austerity 0-6-0 Saddle Tank number 68067 and “Whitehead” a Peckett 0-4-0 saddle tank.
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 future plans for this historic train.
The narrow gauge Golden Valley Light Railway will also be running all weekend with its own historic restored coach from the Ashover Light Railway.
Visitors will also be able to explore the Railway Museum, Country Park, West Shed Experience, Victorian Railwayman’s Church, Demonstration Signal Box, Model and Miniature Railways, plus the Shops and Buffets will be open to cater for visitors purchases and refreshments..
Alan Calladine 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. Each of these coaches has a fascinating story. They can also travel in a coach from the narrow gauge Ashover Light
Railway, dating from the 1920’s.
The Midland Railway – Butterley one of very few places that can offer this real piece of living history.”
For those who want to know more about the carriages that make up this special train, here are a few details;
No. 78 Midland Railway four wheeled Third Class built in 1866.
No. 253 Midland Railway six wheeled Brake Third built in 1884.
No. 28 Lancashire, Derbyshire and East Coast Railway six wheeled Third Class Coach built in 1896.
No. 42608 London, Midland and Scottish Railway horsebox built in 1948.
No. 1910 Midland Railway Royal Saloon built in 1912.
No. 1260 Midland Railway six wheeled Family Saloon built in 1890.