The Midland Railway – Butterley lies on the Ambergate to Pye Bridge Line of the old Midland Railway, although the present-day heritage line terminates at Hammersmith. It is operated by the Midland Railway Trust. The railway is also home to the Golden Valley Light Railway: a narrow-gauge line built on the trackbed of a former ironworks railway.
The railway runs a variety of special events, ranging from standard Day out with Thomas specials on several weekends and half-terms each year to Gala events featuring the GVLR's stock in addition to the standard gauge collection.
Seasonal steam, diesel and DMU galas
The Midday Midlander dining trains
Open day gala events
Various events set on important days of the year, e.g. Mothers Day
The steam engines of the Midland Railway Trust that run passenger services are mostly ex-LMS and BR locomotives of similar designs to each other. Rarer industrial and mainline classes (one from as early as 1866), are usually static in the Swanwick museum site.
Built in 1908, "Whitehead" was used in the major Welsh industries. On withdrawal it was purchased by the Great Western Society and moved to the West Somerset Railway. Arrived at Butterley in 1999. Previously in the fictional guise of 'Taffy' during Thomas the tank engine events. "Whitehead" still reprises her role as 'Taffy' in Jinty events and 'Taffy' weekends.
Operational, 80080 worked on the old London, Tilbury and Southend Railway branches. On withdrawal it was sent to Barry in the 60s. 80080 was, with 80098 also at Butterley, first sent to the Peak Rail and they were moved to their current location in 1983.They were soon restored to work on the mainline railtours. Currently the loco is on loan to the East Lancashire Railway)
800s 80 and 98 shared similar histories during their services with BR, both worked on the old London, Tilbury and Southend Railway branches, both were later allocated to other sheds and later sent to Barry in the 60s. Its boiler ticket expired in late 2009 and it quickly moved into the workshop. Previously in the fictional guise of 'Peter' during Thomas the tank engine events. Undergoing overhaul.
Extra Note: A pair of 21 inch gauge steam-outlined replicas of the PRCLT's Pacifics and a carriage were given to the Trust as a gift and two roads in the West Shed and about 50 metres of track have since been laid for them.
In addition to the standard gauge stock on the Midland Railway, The Golden Valley Light Railway, a separate organisation altogether, owns a collection of locomotives, ex colliery manriders, Ashover coach No.4 and ex industrial wagons, many of which are being restored to work on the line.
Ais Gill Signal Box – Formerly situated at Ais Gill on the Settle to Carlisle line, this is the working signal box at Butterley. It is technically a ground frame. There is no public access.
Alfreton Model Railway Society
Butterley Station Building – The original brick-built station buildings were demolished after the line closed. The new Station Building (acquired from Whitwell railway station) is made of stone and contains a shop and booking office.
Butterley Tea Rooms – Butterley station's catering facility, serves hot and cold snacks and drinks almost every day of the year.
Carriage Shed – A depot with repair and overhaul facilities. Is generally closed to the public.
Garden Railway – An outdoor 16mm scale model railway which runs on most Sundays and some Saturdays.
Heanor Model Railway Club – This building contains a 4mm scale OO Gauge layout (Alderthorpe) and a 7mm O gauge Shunting Yard layout. Open on various dates throughout the year.
Station Building – Moved from Syston railway station and rebuilt on Swanwick Platform 2, Toilets, Booking offices and a Waiting room.
Island Platform Waiting Room – A replica of the original Station building at Broom Junction. It is located between Platforms 3 and 4. There is currently only public access on certain events. The original building was intended to be used, but it was destroyed by vandals before recovery.
Signal Box – The operational signal box at Swanwick Junction, moved from Kettering Station in 1988. There is no public access.
Matthew Kirtley Museum – The main museum on the Swanwick site, it houses various locomotives, coaches and wagons. The main workshops are also situated in this building. There is no public access to the workshops, although there is a viewing area.
Historical Model Railway Society – Was opened in 2005. It contains a large display area, study centre and small shop. Normally only open by appointment it is sometimes open at special events.
The West Shed – Home of the Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust, owners of 6233 "Duchess of Sutherland" and 46203 "Princess Margaret Rose". BR Standard Class 4 Tanks 80080 and 80098 and a small collection of classic LMS Saloons including the famous Dynamometer car are also stationed here.
St. Saviour's Church – Moved from Westhouses, this Railwayman's church also holds occasional services.
Upcast Colliery Headstocks and Winding Gear.
Johnson's Buffet – Swanwick Junction's catering facility, Toilets are located nearby on the same building.
Golden Valley Light Railway – Laid on the trackbed of a former Ironworks Railway, this line runs for just under a mile to Newlands Inn. The terminus of this 2 ft Gauge line is just above the entrance to the Cromford Canal Tunnel. The Swanwick Terminus gained a new engine shed in 2007.
Allports Emporium – The main shop at Swanwick.
Swanwick Junction Model Railway Club – The model railway at Swanwick Junction, currently in St Mary's gatehouse.
Derby St Marys Gatehouse – Situated at the entrance to the site, this small building was moved to Swanwick from the goods yard at Derby St Marys.
Demonstration Signal Box – Recovered from Linby railway station. Now in use at Brands Crossing as a demonstration signal box, with public access.
Linby Colliery Sidings Signal Box – Currently in use as a bookshop.
Static Power Museum – Normally open at busy periods and at special events the building houses a good number of working machines.
Richard Levick Workshop – The main machine shop at the Swanwick site. Named after Richard Levick, who was killed when working on one of the machines here. There is no public access to this area.
Butterley Park Miniature Railway – Operates Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays, miniature replicas of classic steam and diesel engines of both 3.5" and 5" gauge operate on a raised circuit of track. The public are permitted to ride for a small charge. The line consists of about 1/6 of a mile of track, a traverser, tunnel, decorative speed signs and signal box.
Historic Carriage and Wagon – A large number of coaches and wagons await restoration here, either in the sidings or the large shed in which the Society is based. On certain days it is possible to see work being done inside the shed.
National Fork Truck Heritage Centre and Road Transport Gallery – This recently completed building houses a collection of heritage buses, lorries and other forms of road transport and fork lift trucks. On certain special events, some of the vehicles are put on display out in the open.
47401 Project Shop – Fundraising shop for 47401 and 47417, located in the Fork Lift Truck Heritage Centre**Diesel Depot – Currently housing some of the centre's diesel fleet. An extension is under construction.
There is no station here- at this point the locomotive is run around its train.