The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust


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The West Shed Museum c/o: The Midland Railway - Butterley
Ripley
Derbyshire
DE5 3QZ
England

  • All enquiries for the West Shed: 01773 743986

Visit The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust's West Shed to see historic steam locomotives and railway carriages with displays, films and an active engineering workshop. Whether you’re a railway enthusiast or just looking for a fun family day out, there’s something for you here! Located at the Midland Railway-Butterley - visit for a day and explore the whole site including museums, narrow gauge railway, a Victorian railwayman’s church, country park & more (opening times vary). What can I see at the West Shed? - Two powerful 1930s steam locomotives: 6233 ‘Duchess of Sutherland’ and 6203 ‘Princess Margaret Rose’. - Special Saloon ‘45000’ built in 1920; widely used by Royalty and dignitaries including Winston Churchill during the Second World War. - No.1 Dynamometer Car testing vehicle. - Ex-Butlin’s miniature locomotives. • British Railways Standard Tank engines. - Find out more through films and hands-on activities. - Join us in the school holidays for creative craft activities. Our locomotive workshop is used for restoration and maintenance work on vehicles in our collection, but is also hired out for use by modern railway companies to carry out work - continuing the link with Derbyshire's engineering heritage. We also operate steam train trips all over the UK - see the 'PMR Tours' section of our website for details.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Open daily 11:00 - 16:00 between mid-February and mid-November. Limited opening during December and January - please contact us for details.

Charges:

The West Shed Museum is FREE ENTRY. Donations welcome - all proceeds go to the upkeep of the locomotives and museum facilities. Normal access to the West Shed is via a heritage train ride from the Midland Railway-Butterley Station to the Swanwick Junction museum complex. A train fare applies foer this - please contact the Midland Railway-Butterley on 01773 570140 for train times and fares. Access to the Swanwick Junction museum complex is also possible via a walking route from Butterley Station. Please note: this is half a mile over uneven ground and unfortunately not suitable for visitors with limited mobility, wheelchairs or pushchairs. When trains are not running, please enquire about alternative access options.

Travel directions:

The West Shed is located on the Swanwick Junction museum complex of the Midland Railway-Butterley. Normal access to the site is via a heritage train ride from Butterley Station (fare payable), alighting at Swanwick Station to walk up to the West Shed (approx. 430 metres walk including some uneven ground). Access to Swanwick Junction is also possible via a walking route from Butterley Station. Please note: this is half a mile over uneven ground and unfortunately not suitable for visitors with limited mobility, wheelchairs or pushchairs. When trains are not running, please enquire about alternative access options. Directions to the Midland Railway-Butterley: By car: Leave the M1 at Junction 28 and take the A38 South (signed towards Derby). Exit the A38 onto the B6179 towards Swanwick. Continue on the B6179 to the Midland Railway-Butterley, which is located adjacent to Butterley reservoir. BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT: The Midland Railway - Butterley is on the bus route of a bus service operated principally by Trent Barton. The ‘Nines’ (no.s 9.1, 9.2, 9.3) run from Derby, Ripley and Alfreton. These buses call at Butterley Station, which is located on the main road between the villages of Swanwick and Ripley. For timetables/ routes see: https://www.trentbarton.co.uk/services/nines/timetable ‘The Nines’ bus service also picks up at Alfreton Railway Station, from where it is approximately a 20 minute journey to Butterley Station.

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Facilities and services

Facilities:

  • Auditorium
  • Education facilities available
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Library
  • Meeting room available
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
  • Parking for disabled available
  • Research facilities for academics
  • Shop
  • Study facilities
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas

Facilities information:

The West Shed is located on the Swanwick Junction museum complex of the Midland Railway-Butterley. Normal access to the site is via a heritage train ride from Butterley Station (fare payable), alighting at Swanwick Station to walk up to the West Shed (approx. 430 metres walk including some uneven ground). Access to Swanwick Junction is also possible via a walking route from Butterley Station. Please note: this is half a mile over uneven ground and unfortunately not suitable for visitors with limited mobility, wheelchairs or pushchairs. When trains are not running, please enquire about alternative access options. DISABLED ACCESS Full disabled access to upper floors by lift - disabled parking is available right outside the West Shed - please contact us before-hand for details. GROUP VISITS All types of group visit are welcomed and guided tours are available by prior arrangement )charges may apply) SCHOOL GROUPS: A visit to the West Shed can support many areas of the National Curriculum including Key Stage 2 Science. Please contact us for further details or download a Teacher's Information Pack from our website. MEETING ROOM: We have a comfortable meeting room available for hire for meetings, functions, etc. LIBRARY The library houses a small reference collection of books relating to our collection and is available for use by prior appointment. Researchers may also request to consult items in the archive and photographic collection. There is a brief description of the collections on our website but specific enquiries are welcomed.

Services:

  • Academic publications and resources available
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Direct teaching services for schools
  • General guide to collections available
  • Guided tours
  • Induction loops in lecture theatres
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Primary school education service available
  • Specialist publications on collections available
  • Touch exhibits

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