Location, Opening Times and Access Information


The West Shed is located on the Swanwick Junction museum complex of the Midland Railway-Butterley, Ripley, Derbyshire. Normal access to the Swanwick museum complex is via a heritage train ride from the Midland Railway’s Butterley Station (fare payable), 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. Access to the Swanwick Junction museum complex is also possible via a walking route from Butterley Station. This is half a mile over uneven ground (not a properly surfaced footpath) and unfortunately not suitable for visitors with limited mobility, wheelchairs or pushchairs. When trains are not running, please enquire about alternative access options.

For directions to the Midland Railway-Butterley station please see their website: Find Us – Midland Railway Butterley (midlandrailway-butterley.co.uk)

The West Shed is operated by The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust, which is a separate organization from the Midland Railway – visitor access to the site is shared.


The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust – The West Shed 
c/o: Midland Railway-Butterley, Ripley, Derbyshire, DE5 3QZ

(please note – this is the postcode for Butterley Station, not the West Shed itself)

Sketch plan of the Midland Railway-Butterley’s Swanwick Junction Museum Complex with the West Shed highlighted:

Opening Times

*The West Shed and Midland Railway site is currently closed due to Covid-19 restrictions. We hope to reopen by the Summer of 2021 – please check back for updates* The information below applies to when we have re-opened:

The West Shed is open to visitors between mid-February and mid-November. We are open 11:00–16:00 on days when the Midland Railway-Butterley is operating trains – generally at weekends and weekdays during the school holidays. The West Shed may also be open when trains are not running (excluding mid-November to mid-February) but we cannot always guarantee this so please check before visiting.

Visitor Facilities

  • Toilets: Inside the West Shed there are several toilets including male cubicles, female cubicles and an Accessible toilet.
  • Souvenir Shop.
  • Refreshments: The West Shed does not have a traditional cafe but we have a serving area for light refreshments (hot and cold drinks, biscuits, crisps, etc) available most weekends and during special events and activities such as children’s craft activities during school holidays. Elsewhere on the Swanwick Junction museum site ‘Deeley’s Tearoom’ is operated by the Midland Railway-Butterley and is open when trains are running.
  • Baby Changing Facilities: The West Shed has a small ‘Parent & Baby Room’ which contains a changing table. There are additional baby changing facilities elsewhere on the Swanwick Junction museum site approximately 5 minutes walk from the West Shed.
  • Reference Library & research facilities: for more information on our non-displayed collections and how to access them, please click HERE.


  • Inside the West Shed there are several toilets including male cubicles, female cubicles and an Accessible toilet.
  • Disabled parking is available close to the the West Shed if required. Please contact us in advance for advice and directions.
  • We have a lift for wheelchair access to upper floors in the West Shed.
  • Hearing induction loops in the cinema.
  • There is seating available at various points inside the West Shed.
  • Access information relating to the wider Midland Railway-Butterley site and for train rides can be found on their website.

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