The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust

Locomotive Duchess of Sutherland standing outside the West Shed Museum.
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Visit The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust's West Shed to see historic steam locomotives and railway carriages with displays, films and an active engineering workshop. Whether you’re a railway enthusiast or just looking for a fun family day out, there’s something for you here!

Located at the Midland Railway-Butterley - visit for a day and explore the whole site including museums, narrow gauge railway, a Victorian railwayman’s church, country park & more (opening times vary).

What can I see at the West Shed?
- Two powerful 1930s steam locomotives: 6233 ‘Duchess of Sutherland’ and 6203 ‘Princess Margaret Rose’.
- Special Saloon ‘45000’ built in 1920; widely used by Royalty and dignitaries including Winston Churchill during the Second World War.
- No.1 Dynamometer Car testing vehicle.
- Ex-Butlin’s miniature locomotives. • British Railways Standard Tank engines.

- Find out more through films and hands-on activities.
- Join us in the school holidays for creative craft activities.

Our locomotive workshop is used for restoration and maintenance work on vehicles in our collection, but is also hired out for use by modern railway companies to carry out work - continuing the link with Derbyshire's engineering heritage.

We also operate steam train trips all over the UK - see the 'PMR Tours' section of our website for details.

Venue Type:

Museum, Transport heritage site

Opening hours

Open daily 11:00 - 16:00 between mid-February and mid-November.
Limited opening during December and January - please contact us for details.

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 complex. Please contact the Midland Railway-Butterley on 01773 570140 for train times and fares.

Getting there

The West Shed is located on the Swanwick Junction museum complex of the Midland Railway-Butterley. Normal access to the site is via a heritage train ride from Butterley Station (fare payable), alighting at Swanwick Station to walk up to the West Shed (approx. 430 metres walk including some uneven ground).

Access to Swanwick Junction is also possible via a walking route from Butterley Station. Please note: this is half a mile over uneven ground and unfortunately not suitable for visitors with limited mobility, wheelchairs or pushchairs. When trains are not running, please enquire about alternative access options.


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

For timetables/ routes see: https://www.trentbarton.co.uk/services/nines/timetable
‘The Nines’ bus service also picks up at Alfreton Railway Station, from where it is approximately a 20 minute journey to Butterley Station.

Additional info

The West Shed is located on the Swanwick Junction museum complex of the Midland Railway-Butterley. Normal access to the site is via a heritage train ride from Butterley Station (fare payable), alighting at Swanwick Station to walk up to the West Shed (approx. 430 metres walk including some uneven ground).

Access to Swanwick Junction is also possible via a walking route from Butterley Station. Please note: this is half a mile over uneven ground and unfortunately not suitable for visitors with limited mobility, wheelchairs or pushchairs. When trains are not running, please enquire about alternative access options.


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 details.

GROUP VISITS
All types of group visit are welcomed and guided tours are available by prior arrangement )charges may apply)

SCHOOL GROUPS:
A visit to the West Shed can support many areas of the National Curriculum including 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
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.

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.

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

Getting there

The West Shed is located on the Swanwick Junction museum complex of the Midland Railway-Butterley. Normal access to the site is via a heritage train ride from Butterley Station (fare payable), alighting at Swanwick Station to walk up to the West Shed (approx. 430 metres walk including some uneven ground).

Access to Swanwick Junction is also possible via a walking route from Butterley Station. Please note: this is half a mile over uneven ground and unfortunately not suitable for visitors with limited mobility, wheelchairs or pushchairs. When trains are not running, please enquire about alternative access options.


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

For timetables/ routes see: https://www.trentbarton.co.uk/services/nines/timetable
‘The Nines’ bus service also picks up at Alfreton Railway Station, from where it is approximately a 20 minute journey to Butterley Station.

The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust
The West Shed Museum
c/o: The Midland Railway - Butterley
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 train trip bookings (PMR Tours)

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.
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