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Midland Railway

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The Midland Railway - Butterley is a heritage railway running Steam and Diesel hauled trains that take visitors to our museum complex at Swanwick Junction. Here you can visit our Railway Museum,Coutry Park, Demonstration Signal Box, Victorian...more
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Butterley Station, Ripley DE5 3QZ, England
+44 1773 747674
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Butterley station is just a few minutes drive from Ripley town centre with free parking. There is a shop and cafe plus lovely booking hall with an open fire, although we didn`t get a chance to explore these as our train was awaiting. We had...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank hoonaloon
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Its the place to be with the children. Santa gives them a present, they get a picnic, its just a magical place to be.

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank Richard2684954
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a Christmas present of a experience to use. Rang up 2 weeks ago to make sure we could use it and that the place was open, was told it was. Got here to find everywhere closed.wasted journey, loss of a Christmas present.... very...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Briony F
Reviewed 3 November 2018 via mobile

Being a railway enthusiast I was naturally looking forward to this railway but then I arrived in the muddy car park to find useless volunteers sat on plies of sleepers. Nobody was around to answer any questions the trains were dirty and took a long...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Fearless27509640573
Reviewed 29 October 2018

We two enjoyed the Victorian Day in August, the period carriages and people in period costume where great. The carriages were fabulous! I would constructively suggest the day would be enhanced if the loco driver and Fireman made at least a small gesture in dressing...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank TheTelstar
Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

We have not been here before, but enjoyed the visit. The ride on the train is not very long, but the museum and exhibits at Swanswick Junction, were well worth a lot of time. The Duchess of Sutherland engine, really added to the day. It...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank GlynisC493
Reviewed 17 September 2018

always enjoy a visit to butterly station/swanwick junction...it was a treat to see the wonderful duchess of Sutherland running around on trial...she is part of the west shed here which is really the star of the centre....always get the feeling that the place could be...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank barry h
Reviewed 8 September 2018

We went for the Vintage Trains weekend, and saw some superbly restored carriages and locomotives. Admittedly, some of the non-Vintage stock is a bit tired, but then, the vast majority of the many whingers have never lifted a sponge, hose or paint-brush to help, which...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Dafydd M
Reviewed 4 September 2018

I took a ride on the steam train to Swanwick Junction where I visited the museum, sidings and heavy maintenance depot where a steam engine was being prepared for main line running. Excellent visit.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank fredfoto
Reviewed 3 September 2018

The place has a worn out look about it, the carpark is stone and overgrown with weeds in parts. when you get there the turn in is tight and when leaving due to the angle it is a bit risky. the station platform although clean...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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14 October 2017|
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Response from poppytilly | Reviewed this property |
I did see an engine in the siding with a Gordon face but it was on the tracks. I presume they will do Thomas weekends would be worth a phone call first hope to that helps 😊
11 August 2017|
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Response from eric t | Reviewed this property |
You can now get a family ticket through 'Woucher' for £18. I have used this ticket and it is good value.
12 January 2015|
Response from Fairview777 |
Trains depart from the Butterley Station which is on the B6179 just outside Ripley. The site has free parking. The train travels through a long scenic cutting before arriving at the Swanwick Junction site. At this site... More