The railway is also home to the 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge Golden Valley Light Railway, which opened in 1991 and partially lies on the trackbed of a former plateway built by the Butterley Company in 1813 to connect its iron works facilities in Butterley and nearby Codnor Park.
The steam engines of the Midland Railway Trust that run passenger services are mostly ex-LMS and BR locomotives of similar designs. Rarer industrial and mainline classes (one from as early as 1866), are stored 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 the Midland Railway – Butterley in July 1999. Returned to service in March 2011 after an overhaul. Previously in the fictional guise of 'Taffy the Welsh Engine' during Day out with Thomas events, Jinty's Big Weekends and Taffy the Welsh Engine events.
Unlined Brunswick Green with the BR Crest.
No. 2111 "Lytham St Annes"
Returned to service in April 2017 after a 21-year overhaul, having been out of service since 1996.
Under Repair, certified for main line running. Returned to service in March 2012 after an overhaul, expected to return to traffic in summer 2018 after a current overhaul and a Repaint into crimson lake livery. Currently undergoing a retube following cracks being discovered in multiple small tubes in the boiler, a repaint back into LMS Crimson Lake from BR Green is also being undertook.
Under Repair. 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 mainline railtours. The locomotive has been on loan to the East Lancashire Railway since its return to service in 2010, but it is currently back at Butterley to undergo a retube following a failed boiler exam.
Both 80080 and 80098 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.
BR Lined Black with Late Crest.
Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust.
RSH 0-4-0ST from British Celanese Works at Spondon
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 16 mm scale model railway which runs on most Sundays and some Saturdays.
Heanor Model Railway Club – This building contains a 4 mm scale OO Gauge layout (Alderthorpe) and a 7 mm 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 one mile (1.6 km) to Newlands Inn. The terminus of this 2 ft (610 mm) gauge line is just above the entrance to the Butterley Tunnel of the Cromford Canal. 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 31⁄2 in (89 mm) and 5 in (127 mm) 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 mile (0.27 km) 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.