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 organization from the Midland Railway but access to the site is shared. Normal access to the Swanwick museum complex, where the West Shed is located, is via heritage train from the Midland Railway’s Butterley Station, alighting at Swanwick station to walk up to West Shed. Please note that this walk is approximately 430 metres (5-10 minutes) and includes some uneven surfaces. For directions to the Midland Railway-Butterley please see their website at: http://www.midlandrailway-butterley.co.uk/find-us/
Site Plan of the Swanwick Junction museum complex at the Midland Railway-Butterley
Access to the Swanwick Junction museum complex 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.
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. Trains generally run from Butterley Station at weekends and weekdays during school holidays. Please check the Midland Railway website for train operating dates, times and prices: http://www.midlandrailway-butterley.co.uk/ If you would like to visit the West Shed when trains are not running, please enquire regarding alternative access to the Swanwick junction site.
The West Shed is open to the public daily 11.00am - 4.00pm between February and November.
We have limited opening from mid-November to mid-February* - please contact us to enquire if you want to visit during this period. We may also have to close on occasional days in the year when Duchess of Sutherland is out on the mainline.
*The West Shed has limited public opening from mid-November to mid-February. The building will still be physically open to visitors when staff and volunteers are working here, but the full museum & public facilities will not always be available and there will be days when the building is closed. Winter opening hours are dependent on staff & volunteer availability and therefore can't always be guaranteed in advance.
FACILITIES IN THE WEST SHED:
SCHOOL & OTHER GROUP VISITS:
All types of group visits are welcome by prior arrangement and guided tours can be arranged (charges may apply). For more information see 'Group Visits' and 'School Visits' on our 'Visit us' page: http://www.prclt.co.uk/group-visits.html and http://www.prclt.co.uk/school-visits.html
For any enquiries please contact our office at the West Shed - telephone 01773 743986
email: contact form
The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust - West Shed
c/o Midland Railway-Butterley
Please note: Although the West Shed is open to the public most weekends, the office is generally only staffed Monday to Friday 09.30 to 16.30. Enquiries received outside these hours (or when there is no-one in the office) will be dealt with as soon as possible when the office re-opens. We have a telephone answer machine for this purpose or you can Contact us.
This map is designed to illustrate the exact location of the West Shed. For public access see the 'Midland Railway - Butterley' website HERE for directions. It is possible to walk to the West Shed from Butterley station (ask at the booking office), or catch a train the Swanwick Junction station.