- Museums and Art Galleries
- Railway and Transport Attractions
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
- Snacks Available
- Picnics Allowed
- Wheelchair Friendly
- Toilets Available
- Baby Changing Available
- Disabled Toilets Available
- Parking Available On-site
- 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
Standard Opening Times and Pricing
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.
30 minutes before closing time.
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.
Some attractions may close in severe weather, e.g. snow may prevent trains from running.
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.
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.
Free visitor car parking is available at Butterley Station.
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.