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 PRICES

 

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.

 

OPENING TIMES

 

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:

 

  • Toilets (male, female and an Accessible toilet).
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Reference Library & research facilities: for more information on our non-displayed collections and how to access them, please click HERE
  • Refreshments: The West Shed does not have a cafe but refreshments are usually available during special events and activities such as children's craft activities during school holidays. Elsewhere on the Swanwick Junction museum site there is a cafe (Johnson's Buffet) operated by the Midland Railway-Butterley and a refreshment facility at Butterley Station, both generally open when trains are running.
  • Baby Changing: The West Shed has a '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.

 

DISABLED ACCESS

 

  • Disabled parking is available close to the the West Shed if required. Please contact us in advance for advice and directions.
  • Wheelchair access to upper floors in the West Shed available via a lift.
  • Hearing induction loops in the cinema.
  • There is an accessible toilet in the West Shed. To find the nearest 'Changing Places' toilet please visit www.changing-places.org and use the postcode DE5 3QZ to search.
  • There is seating available at various points inside the West Shed.
  • Access information relating to the wider Midland Railway-Butterley site can be found here:
    http://www.midlandrailway-butterley.co.uk/disabled-visitors/

 

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

 

ENQUIRIES

For any enquiries please contact our office at the West Shed - telephone 01773 743986

 

email: contact form

Post:

The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust - West Shed

c/o Midland Railway-Butterley

Ripley, Derbyshire

DE5 3QZ

 

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.