The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust – West Shed
Visit the 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! The West Shed is located on the Swanwick Junction museum complex of the Midland Railway-Butterley. Visit for a day and explore the whole site including museums, demonstration signal box, a Victorian railwayman’s church, narrow gauge railway, country park & more (opening times vary).
- Part disabled access
c/o: The Midland Railway Butterley Station Ripley Derbyshire DE5 3QZ
Daily mid-February to mid-November 1100-1600.
By Bus: 91, 92, 93
By Rail: Alfreton / 5 miles
WHAT CAN YOU SEE?
• 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
VISITING THE WEST SHED:
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.