Over the bank holiday weekend the Midland Railway – Butterley will be running a fleet of vintage coaches which will be hauled by the railway’s 1926 built London, Midland and Scottish Railway 3F tank locomotiv for the general public to enjoy.
The collection of coaches include a Midland Railway four wheeled coach dating back to 1865, a six wheeled Midland Railway coach from 1884, a six wheeled Lancashire, Derbyshire and East Coast Railway coach dating from 1896, a British Railways horse box from 1949 with the grooms compartment for passengers and the Midland Railway Royal Saloon dating from 1912.
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 to explain the history of these vehicles and the plans to add more coaches to the train in future years.
Alan Calladine said “ This is a great chance for visitors to travel in our historic coaches and experience train travel as it was in the 19th century.
“The Midland Railway – Butterley is one of very few places that can offer this real piece of living history.”