28. The Midland Railway Centre Butterley, Swanwick Junction, Museum and West Shed (on a foggy day!)
The classic MR motif-emblem of the Midland Railway.
Butterley Station from which you can board real live steam trains at many weekends.
The signals, signal box and the end of the station platform at Butterley, on the right you can take the footpath to Swanick Junction with its station, Midland Railway Museum and the West Shed. A bit foggy and no live steam trains today!
THE MIDLAND RAILWAY MUSEUM
A varied selection of rolling stock and steam, diesel and electric locomotives
A Matthew Kirtley design, Midland 156 Class 2-4-0 passenger locomotive 158A (MR 158, LMS 2 or 20002) was built at Derby Works in 1866. The Kirtley 2-4-0 158A is the oldest surviving Midland Railway locomotive and began life hauling express passenger trains to Kings Cross, the London terminus of the Midland Railway until St Pancras Station was built. It worked, with several rebuildings, until 1947 when it was relegated to local stopping trains - suburban services!
Green liveried Class 44 PEAK 1Co-Co1 diesel locomotive D4 GREAT GABLE (D 4, 44 004, 44004) built at Derby Works for express train passenger duties in 1959, though eventually it was transferred to freight train duties.
LNER Class EM2 (BR Class 77) Co-Co electric locomotive 27000 ELECTRA (NS 1502, BR E27000, E 27000) built at Gorton Works, Manchester in 1953 for the electrified Manchester to Sheffield railway, that passed through the great Woodhead Tunnel through the Pennines - fond memories of the trip!
The 0-4-0ST saddletank 'GLADYS' is the sole surviving example of a class built by Markham & Co in 1894 at their Broadoaks Works in Chesterfield and carries the makers number of 109. Gladys was built for the Staveley Coal and Iron Company for use on the works railway system. This grand old 0-40 saddle tank worked until 1965.
STANTON No. 24 was built by Andrew Barclay & Co. Ltd of Kilmarnock in 1925 (makers number 1875) and is the sole survivor of seven crane tanks built for the Stanton & Staveley Company between 1925 and 1937 and spent its working life at Stanton Ironworks near Ilkeston or the Riddings' Ironworks, near Alfreton. It has three ton capacity crane mounted over a single boiler which provided steam to power the locomotive and for the cylinders that operated the crane mechanism.
THE YARD AT SWANICK JUNCTION
There were rather a lot of diesel locomotives scattered around, but a few steam locomotives were also in evidence!
A foggy 685 0-6-0 diesel shunter NS Class 600 ???
Diesel locomotives Class 50 Co-Co 50007 SIR EDWARD ELGAR, Class 45 108 (45108) and Class 52 D1048 WESTERN LADY built at Crewe Works in 1962.
50007 and Class 45 108 (45108)
Class 45 133 (45133)
BR1Co-Co1 Class 40 D212 AUREOL (D212, 40 012, 40012, 97407) built by English Electric at the Vulcan Foundry, Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire in 1959.
BR Class 11 0-6-0 Diesel-electric shunter 12077 built at Derby Works in 1950.
BR Standard Class 5MT 4-6-0 73129 built at Derby Works in 1956 with just a wisp of steam and a little smoke.
Cab details of 73129
Signs of life in 73129!
Oh dear, BR Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 92219 heavy freight locomotive built at Swindon Works in 1960 looks in a very sorry state indeed.
Restored and unrestored!!!
Testing the boiler during the restoration of some old locomotive - don't know which one?
An 0-6-0 Hudswell diesel shunter does a lot of the donkey work around the yard.
Some pieces of Midland Railway architectural stonework near the West Shed.
THE WEST SHED
Home of the Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust
They look after 4-6-2 Pacific 46203 PRINCESS MARGARET ROSE, 4-6-2 Pacific 46233 DUCHESS OF SUTHERLAND, BR 2-6-4 Standard Tank Engines 80080 and 80098.
Everyone was at home on this foggy day!
British Railways Standard Class 4 BR Class 4MT 2-6-4T Standard Tank Engine 80098 built at Brighton Works in 1954. This class of steam locomotive, designed by Robert A. Riddles, was based on the (London, Midland & Scottish Railway) LMS Fairbairn 2-6-4T engines. 80098 worked out of Plaistow and Tilbury depots on the London, Tilbury and Southend line but later worked in Wales in the Wrexham and Machynlleth areas.
London, Midland & Scottish Railway 'Princess Coronation' Class LMS Stanier 88/7P Coronation Class 4-6-2 Pacific BR 46233 DUCHESS OF SUTHERLAND (LMS 6233) built at Crewe Works in 1938. These were the most powerful LMS express passenger locomotives ever built and hauled the heavy express trains like the "The Royal Scot" and "The Mid-Day Scot" from London Euston Station to Glasgow Central Station via Crewe Junction where the locomotives were built.
BR Class 4MT 2-6-4 Standard Tank Engine 80080 built at Brighton Works in 1954 and a saddle tank under restoration.
Stanier's first production pacific locomotive, LMS Princess Royal Class 8P/7P 4-6-2 Pacific BR 46203 PRINCESS MARGARET ROSE (LMS 6203) was built at Crewe Works in 1935. Designed for the heaviest LMS express passenger trains such as the "The Royal Scot" and "The Mid-Day Scot" between London Euston and Glasgow Central city stations.
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