The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust

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

Website

Website of The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust and West Shed Museum

www.prclt.co.uk

Website of the Midland Railway-Butterley whose site the West Shed is located on (we are independent of them)

www.midlandrailway-butterley.co.uk

E-mail

All enquiries

westshed6233@btconnect.com

Telephone

All enquiries for the museum, group visits and PMR Tours bookings

01773 743986

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
Locomotive Duchess of Sutherland standing outside the West Shed Museum.
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The WEST SHED is home to The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust - a voluntary organisation formed in 1993 to look after and promote the historic locomotives in its care. The West Shed houses a collection of historic steam locomotives and railway coaches, whose history is told through display boards, audio commentary domes, animatronic figures and a mini-cinema with short films. Visitors can also use the viewing gallery to see the workshop where our locomotives are maintained.

We also operate mainline steam charter trains with the locomotive 'Duchess of Sutherland', aided by a dedicated force of volunteers.

Venue Type:

Museum, Transport heritage site

Opening hours

Open daily 10.00 - 16.30.
Please check in advance for Christmas holiday opening times as the West Shed may be closed on certain days.

Closed on occasional days in the year when the locomotive 'Duchess of Sutherland' is operating a main line rail tour - please check in advance.

Admission charges

The West Shed Museum is FREE ENTRY. Donations welcome - all proceeds go to the upkeep of the locomotives and museum facilities.

Separate train fares apply for travel from Butterley Station to the Swanwick Junction museum site. Please contact the Midland Railway-Butterley on 01773 570140 for train times and fares.

Getting there

The West Shed museum is located on the Swanwick Junction museum site of the Midland Railway Centre. Access to the Swanwick site is via heritage train from Butterley Station, which is operated by the Midland Railway (a separate organisation from The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust).

Directions to the Midland Railway-Butterley:

By car:
Leave the M1 at Junction 28 and take the A38 South (signed towards Derby).
Exit the A38 onto the B6179 towards Swanwick.
Continue on the B6179 to the Midland Railway-Butterley, which is located adjacent to Butterley reservoir.

By public transport:
The nearest railway station is Alfreton (4 miles - on the Nottingham/Chesterfield route). Bus services 91, 92 and 93 link Alfreton Station to Midland Railway - Butterley every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday and every hour on Sundays.

From Derby rail station (on the Birmingham/Sheffield route) - bus services 91 and 92 link Derby bus station to Midland Railway - Butterley every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday and every hour on Sundays. Services 40, 41, 44 and 45 link the Derby rail and bus stations.
Call 0870 608 2608 or go to www.derbysbus.info for details.

Additional info

DISABLED ACCESS
Full disabled access to upper floors by lift - disabled parking is available right outside the West Shed - please contact us before-hand for directions.

Access to the Swanwick museum site for general visitors is via heritage train from the Midland Railway's Butterley Station, alighting at Swanwick to walk up to the West Shed. When trains are not running, please go to the Midland Railway's Butterley Station for directions to the site by road.

GROUP VISITS
All types of group visit are welcomed and guided tours are available by prior arrangement for a donation.

SCHOOL GROUPS:
We offer museum-led activities to support National Curriculum Key Stage 2 Science. Please contact us for further details or download a Teacher's Information Pack from our website.

MEETING ROOM:
We have a comfortable meeting room available for hire for meetings, functions, etc.

LIBRARY
The library houses a small reference collection of books relating to our collection and is available for use by prior appointment. Researchers may also request to consult items in the archive and photographic collection. There is a brief description of the collections on our website but specific enquiries are welcomed.

The West Shed Museum is the only place where you can see one of each type of Sir William Stanier’s Pacific steam locomotives – 6233 'Duchess of Sutherland’ (the Royal Train steam locomotive) and 46203 ‘Princess Margaret Rose’.

We also have two British Railways standard tanks 80080 and 80098, two ex-Butlins holiday camp miniature locomotives and historic railway coaches including a 1920's Royal Saloon and Dynamometer Car no.1 (45050), used to carry out performance tests on locomotives from 1913.

The Stanier museum gallery displays part of our collection of locomotive headboards, number plates, models and paintings. The library is available by prior appointment for consultation of books, photographs, engineering diagrams and objects from our stored museum collection.

Collection details

Archives, Land Transport, Science and Technology

Key artists and exhibits

  • William Stanier
  • Princess Coronation Class
  • 6233 Duchess of Sutherland
  • Princess Royal Class
  • 46203 Princess Margaret Rose
  • London Midland & Scottish Railway
  • Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway
  • Royal Train
  • Steam locomotive
  • Dynamometer Car
  • Railway memorabilia
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Railway Saloon standing outside the West Shed Museum

1940s Home Front Weekend at the West Shed Museum, Midland Railway, Ripley

  • 7 — 8 June 2014 10:30am-4:30pm

Join us to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings with a special 1940s themed weekend. Our historic railway Saloon no. 45000 - believed to have been used during wartime by Winston Churchill - will be on display for visitors to look inside and there will be displays about the special ‘D-Day’ planning train of 1944. Other attractions include steam trains running, Second World War re-enactors, 1940’s music, NAAFI canteen, decorations, trade stalls and a ‘Hurricane’ flypast (on 7th June only - subject to operational requirements). Re-enactors in 1940s dress are welcome (but no AXIS power uniforms or regalia).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

The event will be spread across the Midland Railway site and centred around the West Shed Museum at the Swanwick Junction site. Entrance to the West Shed Museum is FREE but access to the event in general is via train from the Midland Railway's Butterley Station.

The cost of train tickets (which last all day) varies from £10.00 to £15.50 per adult (discounts are available for the over 60s) and from £5.00 to £7.75 per child (age 5 to 16). Family tickets (2 adults and 3 children under 16 years old) are available from £25.00 to £38.75.

For details on train timetables and fares please see the Midland Railway-Butterley website: www.midlandrailway-butterley.co.uk

Website

http://www.midlandrailway-butterley.co.uk

Miniature locomotive running outside the West Shed Museum, Midland Railway

Summer Open Weekend at The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust's West Shed Museum, Midland Railway-Butterley, Ripley

  • 19 — 20 July 2014 10:30am-4:30pm

All visitors are welcome to our open weekend which will include:

- Steam locomotive 'Duchess of Sutherland' running on the Midland Railway’s service trains.

- Ex-Butlin’s 21-inch gauge locomotives running outside the West Shed.

- A special display on the history of the Butterley Company & Cromford Canal’s Butterley Tunnel: part of a series of events commemorating the railway and canal engineer William Jessop — organised by the Midland Railway Trust, Friends of Cromford Canal, Arkwright Society and local heritage groups. For more information see: www.midlandrailway-butterley.co.uk/events/jessop

- Live music, tours around the West Shed, souvenir stalls, food and drink.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

The event will be centred around the West Shed Museum at the Midland Railway's Swanwick Junction site. Entrance to the West Shed Museum is FREE but access to the event in general is via train from the Midland Railway's Butterley Station.

The cost of train tickets (which last all day) varies from £10.00 to £15.50 per adult (discounts are available for the over 60s) and from £5.00 to £7.75 per child (age 5 to 16). Family tickets (2 adults and 3 children under 16 years old) are available from £25.00 to £38.75.

For details on train timetables and fares please see the Midland Railway-Butterley website: www.midlandrailway-butterley.co.uk

Website

http://WWW.PRCLT.CO.UK

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Marvellous Machines! Forces in action on the railways

http://www.prclt.co.uk/Services_for_schools.html

A museum-led session for schools exploring the role of force and friction on the railways.
Pupils will:
- Learn about the unique 1912-built dynamometer car, which tested locomotives on the railways by measuring forces (it acted like a giant spring balance on wheels).
- Climb onto the footplate of a static 1930s steam locomotive to learn about how it works and the forces acting on an engine in motion.
- Look at materials used in railway vehicles.
- Object handling - railway artefacts.
- 'Fun Forces' practical experiment.
(Upper KS2; duration 10am-2pm; maximum group size 50; cost is £2 per pupil).

Creator

  • The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust

Publisher

  • The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust

How to obtain

A Teacher's Pack about this session is available to download from the 'Education' section of our website, or a hard copy can be posted to you. Please telephone the Museum Curator for enquiries and bookings on 01773 743986 or email westshed6233@btconnect.com

Britain Since 1930 - The role of the Railways (KS2 History)

http://www.prclt.co.uk

A Key Stage 2 History focused visit involving museum-led activities. Questions explored through object handling and role play include:
- How have railways been used since the 1930s?
- What was it like to work or travel on a steam train?
- How does a steam locomotive work?
Pupils will climb onto the footplate of a 1930s locomotive, go inside a 1920s Royal Saloon and handle artefacts in the education room.
This package is designed as a day visit, e.g. 10am-2pm and can accomodate up to 36 pupils, who will be split into three groups for the activities.

How to obtain

The 'Britain Since 1930 - Role of the Railways' visit with museum-led activities costs £2.00 per pupil. A free Teacher's Pack containing all the information needed to plan and book a visit to the West Shed Museum can be downloaded from our website. Alternatively, please telephone Kate Smith (01773 743986) for more information or to request a Teacher's Pack.

Getting there

The West Shed museum is located on the Swanwick Junction museum site of the Midland Railway Centre. Access to the Swanwick site is via heritage train from Butterley Station, which is operated by the Midland Railway (a separate organisation from The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust).

Directions to the Midland Railway-Butterley:

By car:
Leave the M1 at Junction 28 and take the A38 South (signed towards Derby).
Exit the A38 onto the B6179 towards Swanwick.
Continue on the B6179 to the Midland Railway-Butterley, which is located adjacent to Butterley reservoir.

By public transport:
The nearest railway station is Alfreton (4 miles - on the Nottingham/Chesterfield route). Bus services 91, 92 and 93 link Alfreton Station to Midland Railway - Butterley every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday and every hour on Sundays.

From Derby rail station (on the Birmingham/Sheffield route) - bus services 91 and 92 link Derby bus station to Midland Railway - Butterley every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday and every hour on Sundays. Services 40, 41, 44 and 45 link the Derby rail and bus stations.
Call 0870 608 2608 or go to www.derbysbus.info for details.

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