East Midlands

The East Midlands has an interesting mix of museums, transport centres, e.g. the East Anglian Transport Museum, and railways as well as bus and aviation museums, not forgetting a rich choice of windmills and canals.

The Steam Heritage Guide includes contact details, opening times and description of preservation and heritage attractions in the East Midlands area.

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Ironstone Heritage Centre

Hunsbury Hill Road, Camp Hill, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN4 9UW.
Tel: 01604 702 031.

  • Car Park
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The railway at Hunsbury Hill is based on the ironstone workings that closed in 1930s; home to prototype diesel locomotives from Fowler, Planet & Hudswell…

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Barrow Hill Roundhouse

Campbell Drive, Barrow Hill, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S43 2PR.
Tel: 01246 475 554.

  • Car Park
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop

Britain’s last operational railway roundhouse saved from demolition in 1991, now a working railway centre with over 70 locomotives on site.

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Quinceys Pumping Station

Thorpe Culvert, Wainfleet, Lincolnshire, PE24 4NL.
Tel: 01205 356 208.

  • Car Park

Houses two Ruston & Hornsby 9 x HRC twin cylinder horizontal diesel engines, each coupled directly to a Gwynnes centrifugal pump. These pumps can move…

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Heckington Railway Museum

Station Building, Station Road, Heckington, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, NG34 9JJ.
Tel: 01529 460 836.

  • Car Park
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Housed in the former station building (1859), the museum contains exhibits and artefacts from GNR, GWR, etc.

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Canalside Heritage Centre

Weir Cottages, Canal Side,, Beeston, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG9 1LZ.
Tel: 0115 922 1773 .

  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop

New museum opened 24th June. It is a vibrant hub for visitors to enjoy and explore, with an interpretation centre, as well as blooming gardens and lots…

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Steeple Grange Light Railway

Steeple Grange Light Railway, Wirksworth, Derbyshire, DE4 4LS.
Tel: 01246 235 497.

  • Car Park
  • Souvenir Shop

18in. gauge railway, 800 yds, on trackbed of Cromford & High Peak Railway. Diesel, electric and petrol locos.

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Silk Mill – Derby’s Museum of Industry & History

Silk Mill Lane, off Full Street, Derby, Derbyshire, DE1 3AF.
Tel: 01332 641 901.

  • Car Park
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Railway engineering, industrial power and aero engine galleries showing working and living in Derby and the engines, locomotives, rolling stock and signalling…

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Battlefield Line

Battlefield Line

Shackerstone Station, Shackerstone, Leicestershire, CV13 6NW.
Tel: 01827 880 754.

  • Car Park
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The last remaining part of the former Ashby & Nuneaton Joint Railway, opened in 1873. The railway captures the very essence of a country line, with steam,…

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Framework Knitters Museum

Chapel Street, Ruddington , Nottinghamshire, NG11 6HE.
Tel: 0115 984 6914.

  • Part disabled access

A unique complex of listed frameshops, cottages and outbuildings arranged around a garden courtyard with an adjacent former chapel in which many of the…

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Leawood Pumphouse

Leawood Pumphouse

High Peak Junction, Cromford, Derbyshire, DE4 5HW.
Tel: 01629 533 287.

  • Car Park
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop

Unique 1849 Graham & Co. beam engine pumps water from the River Derwent into the Cromford Canal. Steam supplied by two locomotive style boilers built by…

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Rutland County Museum

Catmos Street, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6HW.
Tel: 01572 758 440.

  • Car Park
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Tells the story of England‘s smallest county with displays of local history & archaeology. Rural life collection includes carts & wagons, ploughs, farm…

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Rushden Transport Museum & Railway

Rushden Station, Station Approach, Rushden, Northamptonshire, NN10 0AW.
Tel: 01933 353 111.

  • Car Park
  • Refreshments
  • Part disabled access

Located in original station building. Railway and road memorabilia. Andrew Barclay 0-4-0 locomotives, steam crane, Gresley buffet car, diesel shunter,…

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