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Midland Railway

Butterley Station, Ripley DE5 3QZ, England
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Enthusiastic staff and great for families

Staff were so helpful and made sure the children and parents enjoyed their visit. Highly... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Lesley T
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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
Too expensive

Came for Father’s Day to our surprise it was a special day - a diesel gala day. Not sure what that... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Shell B
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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 Railwayman's Church, the West Shed Experience, home of the Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust, Narrow Gauge Miniature and Model Rauilways. Trains operate on most weekends and daily during local school holidays. Check website for details.
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  • Average16%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible11%
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Hours Today: 10:30 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Butterley Station, Ripley DE5 3QZ, England
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Staff were so helpful and made sure the children and parents enjoyed their visit. Highly recommended.

Thank Lesley T
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came for Father’s Day to our surprise it was a special day - a diesel gala day. Not sure what that meant or why!? Anyway, got an absolute shock when we paid - £20 for adult, £18 for OAP!!!! What!!!!!! For what you can get...More

1  Thank Shell B
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good few hours .still alot to do Loco crews look like they they are trying to win dirty smelly hit award 2018 1st impression last .you scruffy muppets would I give any money to your course if you walked down the platform.i would direct you...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

totally gutted this was a shocking experience volunteers or not, value for money is a must and more so the total lack of health & safety Last Saturday we visited on a National Holidays coach trip we arrived at 12pm and were told no steam...More

Thank Craigveryhappy
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was really looking forward to visiting having previously been there about 20 years ago.I quickly got the impression that this organisation appears to be struggling and there seems to be a lack of cohesion between the various" parts" of the site with the individual...More

Thank Hamish42
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I’ve visited this railway in the past and was sadly disappointed today. I appreciate that it is run by volunteers, which made me think twice about writing a negative review, but I was tempted to ask for a refund today. The journey is very short,...More

Thank ChrisandGe0ff
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The main attraction of the Midland Railway Butterly is of course the opportunity to ride in a heritage train, drawn by a lovely old steam engine, huffing and puffing its way through a small stretch of the Derbyshire countryside. It's not a particularly long steam...More

1  Thank Brian T
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This attraction is a wknd, bhol, or school holiday thing only. It is open other days and u can go but literally nothing is in there its very strange. Tgat said when is open there is loads to do. The main train ride depends on...More

Thank Christopher K
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This venture is run by volunteers, most of whom are well into retirement. The sign into the premises can barely be seen due to overgrown bushes and the car park has huge craters in it, which pretty much require wellies if there has been rain....More

1  Thank BlackheathJane
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We used to go here when our kids were young what a fantastic day out for a family with young children. Best of all its FREE. A great day out for all ages as well . Plenty to do and see . Take a picnic...More

Thank geoff h
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nette7
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 😊
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sammieb87
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.
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599charles
12 January 2015|
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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
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