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West Shed Museum

Ripley, Derbyshire, England

  • A young boy inspects a blueprint at West Shed Museum.
  • A young girl sits on a model of a steam locomotive at West Shed Museum.
  • Three large steam trains leave West Shed Museum.

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Suitable for ages: Young Children (4-8), Older Children (9-12) and Teenagers (13-18)

Venue type: Indoor, Outdoor

Say hello to a real life Thomas the Tank Engine at the West Shed Museum: home to historic steam locomotives.

Train enthusiasts will have plenty to get excited about, with films and hands on activities, railway carriages with displays and an active engineering workshop. You can even sit on a miniature engine, or follow the Maggie Moggy trail. During the school holidays they make sure crafty kids are kept busy with arts activities and the chance to make a ‘junk model’ train from colourful debris (on selected days - get in touch to find out when). All of this and the chance to see a model railway whizz round the track, as well as two 1930s steam locomotives!

The site is kitted out with picnic areas, a playground and country park for those rare but lovely sunny days.


  • Restaurant Onsite Restaurant Onsite
  • Snacks Available Snacks Available
  • Picnics Allowed Picnics Allowed
  • Wheelchair Friendly Wheelchair Friendly
  • Toilets Available Toilets Available
  • Baby Changing Available Baby Changing Available
  • Disabled Toilets Available Disabled Toilets Available
  • Parking Available On-site Parking Available On-site
  • Pushchair Friendly Pushchair Friendly

Getting There and Contact Information


The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust's 'West Shed Museum', The Midland Railway-Butterley, Ripley, Derbyshire, DE5 3QZ, England

The West Shed is located on the Swanwick Junction museum complex of the Midland Railway-Butterley, Ripley, Derbyshire. The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust's West Shed is a separate organisation from the Midland Railway but access to the site is shared. Normal access to the Swanwick museum complex is via a heritage train ride from the Midland Railway’s Butterley Station, alighting at Swanwick station to walk up to the West Shed. Please note that this walk is approximately 430 metres (5-10 minutes) and includes some uneven surfaces.


Click here to visit West Shed Museum's website
01773 743986

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Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Mid-February - Mid-November: Monday to Sunday 11:00 - 16:00


Admission to the West Shed is free but to travel by train from Butterley Station separate train fares apply, as charged by the Midland Railway.

Last Entry

30 minutes before closing time.

More Information

Eating information

Light refreshments are available at the West Shed during special events (e.g. school holiday activities). Elsewhere on-site there is a cafe operated by the Midland Railway.

Weather policy

Some attractions may close in severe weather, e.g. snow may prevent trains from running.

Pets allowed

Dogs are welcome inside the West Shed. Elsewhere on the Midland Railway-Butterley site: dogs on leads are allowed to ride on trains for £1.00. They are not allowed inside the Midland Railway museum building or food outlets. There is plenty of outdoor space for exercise!

Clothing requirements

The Midland Railway-Butterley is a large site with many outdoor walking spaces between buildings. Please come prepared with waterproofs, warm clothes and sensible footwear.

Guest suitability

The West Shed and the Midland Railway-Butterley site are largely pushchair and wheelchair friendly but due to the nature of the site as a working railway, there are areas of bumpy uneven ground, unsurfaced paths, and railway tracks that have to be crossed.

Parking facilities

Free visitor car parking is available at Butterley Station.

Public transport

The Midland Railway - Butterley is on the bus route of Trent Barton's ‘Nines’ service (no.s 9.1, 9.2, 9.3) which 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.

The nearest railway station is Alfreton - approximately 4 miles away. ‘The Nines’ bus service picks up at Alfreton Railway Station, from where it is approximately a 20 minute journey to Butterley Station.


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