Midland Railway Centre

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Butterley Station is the entrance to the Midland Railway – Butterley and everything that you see has been built since the Midland Railway Trust arrived in 1973. At that time the railway was derelict and all the buildings had been bulldozed. The station building was moved stone by stone from Whitwell in North Derbyshire. It is now the main ticket office and contains a shop selling a wide range of souvenirs and railway items.

As the station is close to Butterley Reservoir, an emergency water supply, the toilets are away from the station, under the bridge past the garden railway. The Garden Railway layout operates most weekends with large scale models. The Signal Box was rescued from Ais Gill on the famous Settle to Carlisle Railway. Beyond this the shed and yard is used to repair and maintain carriages and Diesel Multiple Units.

The station building is your main admission point where you can browse around our souvenir shop, take a look at some videos of Butterley and buy your train ride tickets.
Butterley Station is the main public access point to the Midland Railway - Butterley. Remember to Buy Your Tickets Here!
Butterley Station main entrance Butterley Station main entrance
Photos of Butterley Station reproduced with kind permission from Geraldine Curtis a local photographer.
Butterley Station is the home of a large model railway layout run by the Alfreton Model Railway Society on the platform just past the Buffet.

The society is a group of about 20 members who operate and maintain a 4mm/00 gauge layout called Midland Road.

There are more pictures available here from the society’s own website where more information about the layout is also available.
Once you have passed through the Booking Hall, you will find yourself on the station platform, from where you can go to have a look at the Butterley Station itself. Here on the Butterley Station platform you can go and have a look at a Model Railway which is run by the Alfreton Model Railway.

Venue Type:

Museum, Transport heritage site

Opening hours

Daily 1000-1615
Closed Christmas day

Admission charges

Entrance to the Midland Railway - Butterley at your starting point (Butterley Station), is free (although we would appreciate any donation you care to give).

The cost of train rides depends on the event being run and varies from £9.50 to £15.00 per adult (discounts are available for the over 60s) and from £4.95 to £7.50 per child (age 5 to 16). Family tickets (2 adults and 3 children) are available from £23.00 to £37.50 (except for Day out with Thomas Events).

Tickets are valid all day (except for Santa Specials). There is a supplement of £1.00 (adult) and 50p (child) for 1st Class travel (when available). For Day out with Thomas events a child is anyone in the 2 to 18 year old age range.

Collection details

Land Transport

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.

Vintage Train Event

  • 29 — 31 August 2015 *on now

Every year here at the Midland railway - Butterley we like to offer our visitors a real ‘step back in time’ experience. Our Vintage Train Event has proved very popular in the past with our visitors and so this year you not only have one chance to experience the vintage railways but two.

“Our vintage trains enables our visitors to enjoy travel as it would have been over 100 years ago.”

Visitors in Victorian costume will be able to travel at half price and several of the Midland Railway Trust volunteers will be on the trains in costume. The Railway Museum, Country Park, Golden Valley Light Railway, West Shed Experience, Demonstration Signal Box, Victorian Railwayman’s Church, Model Railways, Shops and Buffets will all be open.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Fares apply.



Midland Railway Centre
Butterley Station






01773 570 140


01773 570 721

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