Celebrating Butterley’s historic railway past

Midland Railway
Midland Railway

The Midland Railway-
Butterley is celebrating the 175th anniversary of train building in the area with a weekend of events.

On Saturday, October 11, and Sunday, October 12, trains and equipment built in nearby in Derby will be in use or on display to the public throughout the Midland Railway-Butterley site.

These will include a steam locomotive, number 73129, that will be 
 returning to its home at the venue after what has been a very successful summer at the Severn Valley Railway.

This locomotive is one of the last batch of steam locomotives to be built in Derby and it will be running trains alongside one of the last 
diesel locomotives to be built at Derby, class 25 number D7671.

This locomotive has just 
returned to service this year following extensive work and has recently been restored.

In addition there will be diesel engines from the 1950s and 1980s in use.

On display will be 
locomotives, carriages and wagons built in Derby, 
including 158A a locomotive dating from 1866, a carriage from 1865, D4 a huge
diesel locomotive from the 1950s and much more.

Alan Calladine, Midland railway trust 
development officer said: “This is a great chance to see the heritage of Derby’s railway building past in use and on display. The Midland Railway-Butterley was set up to commemorate the history of the Midland Railway and its 
influence on Derby, so what better way than to see it in use. Even the signalling equipment in use would have been 
originally built in Derby.”