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Midland Railway – Butterley
23I02I2019 Midland Railway Centre British Railways Standard Four No 80080 D3.jpg
British Railways 2-6-4T Class Standard Four No. 80080 runs round the train at Hammersmith
TerminusHammersmith
and Pye Bridge
Commercial operations
NameAmbergate to Pye Bridge Line
Built byMidland Railway
Original gauge4 ft 8+12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Preserved operations
Owned byMidland Railway Trust Ltd
Operated byMidland Railway Trust Ltd
Stations3
Length3+12 miles (5.6 km)
Preserved gauge4 ft 8+12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Commercial history
Opened1 February 1875[1]
Closed to passengers23 December 1968
Preserved eraDifferent era on a different day but normally 19th century
Preservation history
HeadquartersButterley Station
Website
https://www.midlandrailway-butterley.co.uk/
Midland Railway
– Butterley
Hammersmith
Butterley Parking
Swanwick Junction
Swanwick Colliery
Riddings
Ironville
Codnor Park Junction
Ironville Junction
Riddings Junction
Pye Bridge

The Midland Railway – Butterley is a heritage railway at Butterley, near Ripley in Derbyshire.

History[edit]

Overview[edit]

The Midland Railway – Butterley lies on the Ambergate to Pye Bridge line of the old Midland Railway, a line once connecting the Derwent Valley branch of Midland Main Line to the Erewash Valley. A branch leading to the south to Ripley station was in use from 1889 until 1923. The sole historical station on the line is Butterley, which opened in 1875. The current line extends westwards from Codnor Park Junction on the Erewash Valley Line, although the present-day heritage line terminates at Hammersmith. The line currently runs for 3+12 miles (5.6 km) from Hammersmith via Butterley, Swanwick Junction and Riddings to Ironville. It is operated and maintained by the Midland Railway Trust.

Use[edit]

The Ambergate to Pye Bridge line, during its operation, was used to serve the collieries of Marehay, Hartshay, Pentrich, Swanwick and Britain Pit. The current Swanwick Junction station lies on the former site of Brand's Colliery. The line also provided rail access for the site of the Butterley Company.

The railway is also home to the 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge Golden Valley Light Railway, which opened in 1991. It partially lies on the trackbed of a former plateway built by the Butterley Company in 1813 to connect its iron works facilities in Butterley to nearby Codnor Park.

Closure and restoration[edit]

The line was closed in 1968 and the process of restoring the line started in 1973. Much of the former track bed was razed in 1976, when the nearby section of the A38 was constructed between Ripley and Alfreton;[2] the route of the A610 between the Ripley roundabout and Buckland Hollow lies mostly on the route of the former line. The first preservation services started operating in 1981.[3]

Stations and attractions of the Midland Railway - Butterley[edit]

Hammersmith[edit]

Hammersmith is the western terminus of the line; the station consists of two platforms and the secondary line is used as a run-around loop. A signal box is present at the eastern end of the station and the A38 is visible from the platform to the west.

Butterley[edit]

Butterley is the headquarters of the Midland Railway – Butterley. The station consists of a double platform and the station building; the original brick-built 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. A café and the Alfreton Model Railway Society are also present in adjacent buildings.[4] The signal box at Butterley was 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; a carriage shed also stands at the eastern end of the yard, but neither the signal box or carriage shed are open to the public.

Butterley Railway Station

In the yard is also the Garden Railway; an outdoor 16 mm scale model railway which runs on most Sundays and some Saturdays. In the yard is also the Star Tugs Trust carriage; this is owned by the Star Tugs trust and holds a permanent exhibition of some original models from TUGS - the sister show of Thomas & Friends. It is open on certain running days.

Swanwick Junction[edit]

Swanwick Junction site holds the main complex for the Midland Railway Centre.

  • Station - the station itself has 4 platforms; the station building was originally located at Syston railway station and rebuilt on Swanwick platform 2. The building contains toilets, café, waiting room and booking office. Between platforms 3 & 4 is a waiting room; this is a replica of the original station building at Broom Junction. 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 was moved from Kettering station in 1988. There is no public access.
  • Matthew Kirtley Museum – the main museum on the Swanwick site houses various locomotives, coaches and wagons.
  • Historical Model Railway Society – this 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 – the 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 & 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.
12077 outside museum shed
  • Derby St Mary's Gatehouse – situated at the entrance to the site, this small building was moved to Swanwick from the goods yard at Derby St Mary's. This contains Swanwick Junction Model Railway Club.
  • Static Power Museum – normally open at busy periods and at special events, the building houses a good number of working machines.
  • 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.
  • Historic Carriage and Wagon Shed – 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
  • Diesel Depot – currently housing some of the centre's diesel fleet.

Butterley Park Miniature Railway[edit]

Operating on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays, miniature replicas of classic steam and diesel engines of both 3+12 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 16 mile (0.27 km) of track, a traverser, tunnel, decorative speed signs and signal box. Details of the stock that the miniature railway uses is shown below:

Butterley Park Miniature Railway Stock
0 Number & Name Description Current Status Livery
1 5801 GWR 5800 Class "5" Replica Operational GWR Green
2 70038 "Robin Hood" BR Standard Class 7 "5" Replica Operational BR Lined Green
3 "Lion" "Lion" 0-4-2 Replica Operational Green

Riddings[edit]

There is no station platform located at Riddings, but there is a run-around loop on the northern branch of Codnor Park Junction from which the line would have run northbound towards Pye Bridge Station. Just before the run around loop is the split in the track, which connects to the main line. The River Erewash runs underneath the junction.

Special events[edit]

The railway runs events, ranging from Teddy Bear's Picnic specials to Gala events; they feature standard gauge collection and the GVLR's stock:

  • Vintage Train Event (early May and late August bank holiday weekends)
  • Steam and diesel locomotive events
  • Annual 1960s events
  • Trains to the seaside at Swanwick Junction Station (late July-early September)
  • Firework Night
  • Santa Specials (late November until Christmas Eve)

The railway is licensed to host weddings and parties.

In September 1999, the Kosovo Train for Life was loaded at Butterley station, before travelling to Kosovo, via Kensington Olympia railway station and the Channel Tunnel; this was run in conjunction with the Kosovo Force peace-keeping efforts.[citation needed]

From 2007 to 2019, the MR:B hosted Indietracks, a music festival that was held at the Swanwick Junction site.[5] The COVID-19 pandemic halted events in 2020 and 2021; in November 2021, it was announced that Indietracks festival would no longer be held.[6]

Steam locomotives[edit]

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 (such as one from as early as 1866), are stored in the Swanwick museum shed.

Operational or Needing Repair[edit]

Number & Name Description History & Current Status Livery Owner(s) Date Photograph
No. 1163 "Whitehead" Peckett 0-4-0ST 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 and remained in service until 2019, needing a further overhaul.[7] Unlined Brunswick Green with the BR Crest. Private Owner. 1908 Peckett 1163 (6241188526).jpg
No. 3597 "Falmouth Docks No. 3" Hawthorn Leslie 0-4-0ST Arrived in December 2021, Undergoing ten-yearly overhaul Lined Green Private Owner 1926 Falmouth Docks No. 3 at Ruddington.jpg
No. 47357 (16440) LMS 0-6-0T Class 3F Jinty Last operated in 2004. Being reassembled at Swanwick after work on the chassis at the East Lancashire Railway and the boiler at the North Norfolk Railway. Planned to be outshopped in maroon livery as 16440. N/A Derby City Council 1926 47357 at Butterley (3645196556).jpg
No. 47327(23) LMS Fowler Class 3F 0-6-0T On display in the museum awaiting overhaul. S&DJR Prussian Blue. Derby City Council. 1926 Midland Railway Centre (9331190459).jpg
No. 47445 LMS Class 3F 0-6-0T Jinty Under major restoration with work currently focused on the frames off site at the East Lancashire Railway. N/A Derby City Council 1927 ~
No. 46203 "Princess Margaret Rose" LMS 4-6-2 Class 8P Currently on display in the West Shed, Stored, Out of use. Awaiting restoration.[8] BR Maroon Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust 1935 No.46203 Princess Margaret Rose (6157098620).jpg
No. 6233 "Duchess of Sutherland" LMS Coronation Class Certified for main line running. Returned to service in September 2018 after an overhaul. LMS Crimson Lake Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust 1938 LMS 46233 Duchess of Sutherland at Didcot Railway centre (geograph 1692948).jpg
No. 3883 "Lord Phil" Hunslet Austerity 0-6-0ST Originally built for use with the War Department at Donnington. Based at Butterley since 2019. Boiler ticket expired in December 2021 and undergoing ten-yearly overhaul.[9] Lined Green Private Owner 1943
No.7214 "George" RSH 0-4-0ST from British Celanese Works at Spondon Undergoing major restoration at PRCLT West Shed. Dark Green Midland Railway Trust 1945 ~
No. 2111 "Lytham St Annes" Peckett 0-4-0ST Returned to service in April 2017 after a 21-year overhaul, having been out of service since 1996. On loan to the Stainmore Railway Company. Lined Blue Private Owner 1949 Peckett Lytham St Annes.jpg
No. 80080 BR 2-6-4T Class 4MT 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. BR Lined Black with Early Crest. Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust. 1954 23I02I2019 Midland Railway Centre British Railways Standard Four No 80080 A5.jpg
No. 80098 BR 2-6-4T Class 4MT 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. 1954 Steam train - geograph.org.uk - 561513.jpg
No. 7817 "Castle Donington Power Station No. 1" RSH 0-4-0ST One of the last steam locomotives in regular industrial usage in Great Britain.[10] Stored awaiting overhaul. Dark Blue. Midland Railway Trust. 1954 Castle Donington No.1 at the Colne Valley Railway (1).jpg
No. 73129 BR Standard Class 5 On display in the Exhibition Hall at Swanwick Junction awaiting major overhaul. BR lined Black with the early crest. Derby City Council 1956 73129 Understeam at Railex 2013 Butterley 01.jpg

Static or Dismantled[edit]

Number & Name Description History & Current Status Livery Owner Date Photograph
Brown Bailey No. 4 Nasmyth, Wilson and Company 0-4-0ST Permanently plinthed outside. Known as the trust-created character "Oswald the Talking Engine" Light Blue Midland Railway Trust 1894 Midland Railway Centre, Swanwick Junction - geograph.org.uk - 1635381.jpg
No. 47564 LMS Class 3F Jinty 0-6-0T Stored, dismantled. BR Black Derby City Council 1928 ~

Diesel and electric locomotives[edit]

Number & Name Description Current Status Livery Owner Photograph
"Andy" 16038 Fowler 0-4-0DM Under restoration, possible conversion to diesel hydraulic. Railfreight Grey (coal sector) Private Owner
"Albert/Emfour 9" D1114 Hudswell Clarke

0-6-0 Shunter

Under going restoration back to operational use. Green Midland Railway Trust
No. 416 "Needlesnoot" Andrew Barclay

0-4-0 Shunter

Operational after an engine overhaul and repaint into Castle Donington livery being completed in 2020. Castle Donington Blue Midland Railway Trust Shunter (3434810599).jpg
No. RS12 Motorail Simplex No RS12 Stored – poor condition but 90% complete Brown Midland Railway Trust
No. RS9 Motorail Simplex No. RS9 Stored – very poor condition – 60% complete Blue Midland Railway Trust
No. 441 Andrew Barclay 0-4-0 Shunter Undergoing clutch repairs Blue Midland Railway Trust Midland Railway Centre - Barclay shunter (geograph 4847599).jpg
No. D1154 'Manton' Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0 Shunter Under Restoration Green
No. 5337 Mercury Tractor 0-4-0 Stored. Blue Midland Railway Trust
No. 384139/D2959 Ruston & Hornsby Under Overhaul BR Green Midland Railway Trust
No. D2858 BR 0-4-0 Class 02 Static display – gear box failure BR Green Midland Railway Trust D2858 - Midland Railway Centre (12408521854).jpg
No. D2138 BR 0-6-0 Class 03 Undergoing overhaul. Successful fundraising appeal resulted in the purchase of a new engine which is being prepared for installation. BR Green Midland Railway Trust/NCB
No. 08590 "Red Lion" BR 0-6-0 Class 08 Operational - Butterley Yard Pilot BR Blue Private Owner/Midland Railway Trust No.08590 (Class 08 Shunter) (6662491491) (2).jpg
No. 08331 BR 0-6-0 Class 08 Operational Black Private Owner/Midland Railway Trust 08331 at Swanwick.jpg
No. 12077 BR 0-6-0 Class 11 Operational – Swanwick Yard pilot BR Green Midland Railway Trust 12077 - Midland Railway Centre (12408569904).jpg
No. 8001 (20001) BR Bo-Bo Class 20 Operational - On Loan to Epping Ongar Railway BR Green Full Yellow Ends Class 20 Locomotive Society D8001 (20001) Midland Railway Centre (9334017630).jpg
No. 20048 BR Bo-Bo Class 20 Operational. On loan to the Severn Valley Railway. BR Blue Midland Class 20 Association No.20048 (Class 20) (6104022609).jpg
No. 20059 BR Bo-Bo Class 20 Operational. On loan to the Watercress Line. BR Green with Yellow Warning panels Midland Diesel Group British Rail Class 20 No 20859 (13989149847).jpg
No. 20188 BR Bo-Bo Class 20 Operational, on loan to the Watercress Line. BR Green with Yellow warning panels Midland Diesel Group Crowcombe Heathfield - D8188+D8059 arriving from Bishops Lydeard.JPG
No. 20205 BR Bo-Bo Class 20 Operational – mainline certified BR Blue Class 20 Locomotive Society 20907 at Swanwick 1.jpg
No. 20227 BR Bo-Bo Class 20 Operational - mainline certified London Transport Red Class 20 Locomotive Society London Transport Class 20 Diesel Locomotive - Flickr - chaz jackson.jpg
No. 25321 BR Bo-Bo Class 25 Awaiting electrical repairs and repaint BR Green Derby Industrial Museum D7671 at Etches Park open day (5).JPG
No. 5580 (31162) BR A1A-A1A Class 31 Operational BR Blue A1A Locomotives Hugh llewelyn 5580 (5581614309).jpg
No. 31108 BR A1A-A1A Class 31 Operational BR Railfreight Red Stripe A1A Locomotives 31108 at Swanwick.jpg
No. 31414 BR A1A-A1A Class 31 Undergoing Restoration N/A A1A Locomotives
No. 31418 "Boadicea" BR A1A-A1A Class 31 Undergoing Restoration (Stored) N/A A1A Locomotives 31418 Swanwick.jpg
No. 31271 "Stratford 1840–2001" BR A1A-A1A Class 31 Operational – on loan to Llangollen Railway Railfreight Construction A1A Locomotives 31271 Midland Railway Centre (3).jpg
No. 40012 "Aureol" BR 1Co-Co1 Class 40 Currently having its turbocharger repaired BR Blue Class 40 Appeal D212 Midland Railway Centre (2).jpg
No. D4 "Great Gable" BR 1Co-Co1 Class 44 Operational. BR Blue Peak Locomotive Company No.D4, BR no.44004 Great Gable (Class 44) (6103871205).jpg
No. 45041 "Royal Tank Regiment" BR 1Co-Co1 Class 45 Operational, on loan to Nene Valley Railway BR Blue Peak Locomotive Company No.45041 Royal Tank Regiment (Class 45) (6136872131).jpg
No. 45108 BR 1Co-Co1 Class 45 Operational, on loan to East Lancs Railway BR Blue Peak Locomotive Company 45108 - Midland Railway Centre (12408153315).jpg
No. 45133 BR 1Co-Co1 Class 45 Under repair BR Blue 45/1 Preservation Group 45133 at Swanwick.jpg
No. D182 BR 1Co-Co1 Class 46 Operational BR Blue Peak Locomotive Company D182 Midland Railway Centre.jpg
No. 47401 "North Eastern" BR Co-Co Class 47 Under restoration[11] BR Blue 47401 Project 47401 at Swanwick.jpg
No. D1516 (47417) BR Co-Co Class 47 Under restoration BR Two-Tone Green 47401 Project D1516 - Midland Railway Centre (12408612034).jpg
No. D1048 "Western Lady" BR Co-Co Class 52 Under restoration BR Blue Private Owners D1048 Western Lady Swanwick Junction.jpg
No. 27000 Electra BR Class 77 'EM2' 1500 V Electric In operational condition, though generally an exhibit in the Matthew Kirtley Museum Lined Black EM2 Locomotive Society 27000 at Swanwick.jpg

DMUs and EMU sets[edit]

0 Number & Name Description Current Status Livery Photograph
1 Unit. 51118+56097 BR Class 100 Under restoration, owned by the Llangollen Railcar Group BR Green Midland Railway Centre, Swanwick Junction - geograph.org.uk - 1636977.jpg
2 DMBS 51907 + DTCL 56490 BR Class 108 Operational, owned by the Llangollen Railcar Group BR Blue and Grey Class 108 DMU-Railcar at Berwyn, Llangollen Railway (7882462034).jpg
4 Unit. 977775+977776 (50015+56015) BR Class 114 Stored out of use BR Blue BR Class 114 50015 Midland Railway Butterley.jpg
5 Unit. 50019+56006 BR Class 114 Under restoration BR Multiple Unit Green 56006 at Kidderminster.JPG
6 DMBS Unit. 51669+51849 BR Class 115 Restoration to Begin late 2022 Green
7 Unit. 51591+59609+59659+51625 BR Class 127 Stored out of use BR Green, white crest. BR Class 127 51625 Midland Railway Butterley.jpg
8 Unit 141113 (formed of 55513+55533) BR Class 141 Operational, owned by the Llangollen Railcar Group Red and White 23I02I2019 Midland Railway Centre British Railways Standard Four No 80080 D5.jpg
10 Nos. 29666 and 29670 BR Class 505 (Trailers only) Undergoing restoration, owned by the Altrincham Electric Railway Preservation Society N/A

Coach stock[edit]

Midland Railway vintage set[edit]

These coaches are only in use on vintage days.

0 Number & Name Description Current Status Livery Owner
1 No. 6 LDECR TZ in Lined Operational, stored in Matthew Kirtley Museum when not in use Lined Red Midland Railway Trust
2 No. 253 MR BTZ Operational, stored in Matthew Kirtley Museum when not in use Lined MR Red Midland Railway Trust
3 No. 78 MR TY Operational, stored in Matthew Kirtley Museum when not in use Lined MR Red Livery Midland Railway Trust
4 No. 50 LYR FO On display in Matthew Kirtley Museum awaiting full restoration Plain Maroon Derby City Council
5 No. 26481 MR CCTY Operational, stored in Matthew Kirtley Museum when not in use Grey Midland Railway Trust
6 No. 1910 MR ROY Not currently fit for passenger use, used by HC&W volunteers as saloon, stored in Matthew Kirtley Museum when not in use Lined MR Red Midland Railway Trust
7 No. 42608 LMS HBY Operational, stored in Matthew Kirtley Museum when not in use LMS Red Derby City Council
8 No. 2944 MR BCK On display in Matthew Kirtley Museum, awaiting full restoration Plain Maroon Midland Railway Trust
9 No. 1250 MR BT Stored at Swanwick Junction Historic C&W sidings. Plain Maroon Midland Railway Trust
10 No. 2885 MR CK Stored in Historic Carriage and Wagon Workshop In recovered state Derby City Council/Midland Railway Trust
11 No. 34068 MR BZ Under sheeting at Historic Carriage and Wagon Workshop Brown Midland Railway Trust
12 No. 1119 MR TZ Awaiting restoration Historic Carriage and Wagon Workshop Grey Midland Railway Trust
13 No. 1260 MR PS Operational, stored in Matthew Kirtley Museum when not in use Lined MR Red
14 No. 211 MR CF Stored awaiting restoration Grey Midland Railway Trust
15 No. 445 MR FS On display in Matthew Kirtley Museum, awaiting full restoration Green Midland Railway Trust
16 No. 349 MR PS Stored awaiting restoration Maroon Midland Railway Trust

Mk1 and Mk2 coaches[edit]

As with most railways, BR Mk1s are the staple passenger stock of the MRB

0 Number & Name Description Current Status Livery
1 No. E9300 BR Mk1 BSO Operational Blood and Custard
2 No. W4904 BR Mk1 TSO Operational Blood and Custard
3 No. M1862 BR Mk1 RMB Operational Blood and Custard
4 No. 99040 (21232) BR Mk1 BCK Operational – Currently in use with 6201 'Princess Elizabeth' LMS Crimson
5 No. NE4537 BR Mk1 TSO Operational Lined Maroon
6 No. E13328 BR Mk1 FK Under overhaul to be painted blood and custard. Will be renumbered M13328 as built.

Lined maroon

7 No. M1802 BR Mk1 RMB in Maroon Livery Under Overhaul Lined maroon
8 No. 84020 (81020) BR Mk1 BG In use as temporary store Lined Maroon
9 No. 4816 BR Mk1 SO Stored out of use Lined Maroon
10 No. M4804 BR Mk1 SO Stored out of use Lined Maroon
11 No. 4480 BR Mk1 SO Stored out of use Lined Maroon
13 No. 84144 (81144) BR Mk1 BG Operational Lined Maroon
14 No. 99041 (35476) BR Mk1 BSK Operational, based at PRCLT West Shed, 6233's Support Coach Lined Maroon
15 No. 80782 BR Mk1 BG Stores vehicle Plain Maroon
16 No 9281 BR Mk1 BSO Stored Lined Maroon
17 No. 80590 BR Mk1 BG Undergoing overhaul Lined Maroon
18 No. 86696 BR Mk1 GUV Owned and used as stores vehicle by Electra Preservation Group Plain Maroon
19 No 93881 BR Mk1 GUV Used as stores vehicle by Historic Carriage and Wagon Department BR Blue
20 No. 93380 BR Mk1 GUV Used as stores vehicle by MRT Railcar Group BR Blue
21 No. 93180 BR Mk1 GUV Stores vehicle Maroon
22 No. 34255 (DB975534) BR Mk1 BCK Stored. Butterley Goods Dock Plain Green
23 No. 6390 (80723) BR Mk1 BG In use as Class 20 Locomotive Society general storage container Intercity Executive
24 No. 5045 BR Mk1 TSO Ex Swanwick waiting room and picnic coach. Undergoing Overhaul Plain Maroon
25 No. 2902 BR Mk1 Royal Dining/Kitchen Saloon On display in Matthew Kirtley Museum Claret
26 No. 13484 (ADB977528) BR Mk2b FK Class 20 Locomotive Society Mess Coach, at Swanwick Junction Research Colours
27 No. 5461 BR Mk2b TSO A1A Group Mess Coach, at Swanwick Junction scrapped 2021 Blue and Grey

LMS coaches[edit]

While some other railways have an active rake of LMS coaches, most of Butterley's collection is still unrestored.

0 Number & Name Description Current Status Livery
1 No. M27093 LMS BTK Stored in Matthew Kirtley Museum Lined LMS Maroon
2 No. 45047 LMS INSP Stored in Matthew Kirtley Museum, owned by 7F Preservation Group LMS Maroon
3 No. 30225 LMS POS On display in Matthew Kirtley Museum Maroon
4 No. 5734 (DM395898) LMS BTK Being restored by its private owner. LMS Maroon
5 No. 2884 LMS BGZ Undergoing restoration in Historic Carriage and Wagon Workshop Maroon
6 No. 10257 LMS SRFO Currently on display in Matthew Kirtley Museum Maroon
7 No. 14425 LMS SLT Under sheeting at Historic Carriage and Wagon Workshop Brown
8 No. 14281 LMS TK Under sheeting at Historic Carriage and Wagon Workshop Brown
9 No. 14718 LMS TO Under sheeting at Historic Carriage and Wagon Workshop Brown
10 No. 5682 LMS TO Gifted to new owner for restoration Lined LMS Maroon
11 No. 16553 LMS TO Under restoration Historic Carriage and Wagon Workshop Red
12 No. 16782 LMS TK Under sheeting at Historic Carriage and Wagon Workshop Maroon
13 No. 612 LMS SLT Destroyed by arsonists. Scrapped but many parts recovered. Lined LMS Maroon
14 No. 31299 LMS BG Was previously used as disco coach, now store, privately owned, in front of Historic Carriage and Wagon Workshop LMS Maroon

Other coaches[edit]

As with most other railways, Butterley owns several unique carriages, which are only used on very special occasions, e.g. tributes to fellow servicemen.

0 Number & Name Description Current Status Livery
1 No. 6320 (18562) LMS BFK Based at PRCLT West Shed, used as an inspection saloon; currently undergoing a repaint Lined LMS Maroon
2 No. 45000 LNWR SPEC Arrived November 2005, on display at PRCLT West Shed Lined LMS Maroon
3 No. 45050 LYR SPEC Purchased by PRCLT September 2005, Operational Lined Maroon
4 No. 1176 SR PMV Currently stored in Tamper sidings, used as S&T Stores Van Brown
5 No. 1865 SR PMV Currently stored in Tamper sidings, underframe for MR 211 Blue
6 No. 2151 SR PMV Currently stored on end of Ashpit road Maroon

Matthew Kirtley Museum[edit]

Mock up of the Class 93 locomotive, located in the Matthew Kirtley Museum at Swanwick

The Matthew Kirtley shed is the largest building on the Swanwick Junction site and holds all the exhibits of the museum. Below is a list of stock that can be found inside. As of March 2022 it is currently closed to the public awaiting repair of the shed roof.

Museum Stock
No. 158A Midland Railway 156 Class 2-4-0 Static display in the Mathew Kirtley Museum. This engine has not run under her own steam since arrival at the trust, and is part of the National Collection. Midland Railway Maroon National Railway Museum 1866 MR 158A at Swanwick 1.jpg
"Gladys" Markham & Co. 0-4-0ST A static display in the Matthew Kirtley Museum Dark Green Midland Railway Trust 1894 ~
"Victory" Peckett 0-4-0ST A static display in the Matthew Kirtley Museum Dark Green Midland Railway Trust 1919 Victory at Swanwick.jpg
"Stanton 24" Andrew Barclay 0-4-0TC A static display in the Matthew Kirtley Museum Dark Green Midland Railway Trust 1925 Crane Tank Stanton 24 on display at Swanwick.jpg
Boots No. 2 0-4-0TF A static display in the Matthew Kirtley Museum Boots Blue (with logo) Midland Railway Trust 1955 ~

Golden Valley Light Railway[edit]

The Golden Valley Light Railway is a 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge line. Laid on the trackbed of a former ironworks railway, this line runs for just under one mile (1.6 km) from the Swanwick Junction site to the far end of the country park adjacent to the former site of Newlands Inn. The terminus is just above the eastern portal of the Butterley Tunnel, which forms part of the Cromford Canal. The Swanwick Terminus gained a new engine shed in 2007, which specifically houses GVLR stock.

Golden Valley Light railway stock[edit]

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.

0 Number & Name Description Current Status Train Brakes Livery Owner
1 TDA CIVIL No.1 "JOAN" 0-4-2IST Stored, awaiting overhaul Single Pipe Air SDJR Blue Private Owner
2 O&K 7529 0-4-0WT Operational, restoration completed in 2021. Single Pipe Air N/A Private Owner
3 60SD364 "Campbells" 4wDM Simplex Operational Single Pipe Air CBW Yellow GVLR
4 101T020 "Ellison" 4wDM Simplex "T" Class Operational Single Pipe Air Blue Private Owner
5 "Hunslet Husky" HE7178/71 Stored, pending restoration None Fitted N/A GVLR
6 222068 "Berry Hill" 4wDM 20HP Operational None Fitted Brunswick Green GVLR
7 3753 "Darcy" Baguley Drewry 70HP Operational Single Pipe Air Purple/pink Private Owner
8 10249 Deutz 11.8HP Operational None Fitted Blue Private Owner
9 3742/31 Lister/Blackstone petrol engine Under restoration None Fitted N/A Private Owner
10 53726 Lister/Blackstone 15HP Operational None Fitted Lister Green Private Owner
11 40SD 529 4wDM "Simplex" 40HP Operational Single Pipe Air Simplex Yellow Private Owner
12 8739 "Pioneer" 4wDM "Simplex" 40HP Operational None Fitted Green GVLR
13 11177 "Holwell Castle" 4wDM Motor Rail 60HP Under Restoration – Dorman engine to be replaced Twin Pipe Air – will be converted for GVLR use. Blue GVLR
14 11246/63 4wDM Motor Rail Stored None Fitted N/A GVLR
15 RH191646/38 "Lyddia" 4wDM Ruston Out of traffic with major oil leak None Fitted Dark Green GVLR
16 MR8667/41 "Tubby" 4wDM 28HP Simplex Operational Single Pipe Air Dark Green (with yellow warning stripes) GVLR
17 3703 "NG24" Baguley Drewry battery loco Operational None Fitted MOD Green with wasp stripes GVLR
18 WR5 "Baby Jane" 4wBE BEV Requires significant components None Fitted Yellow Private Owner

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