Public access is through the Kirtley Museum on the Swanwick Junction site of the Midland Railway Trust. There is a separate entrance for members when our Centre is not open to the public.
By Public Transport
To Derby by train or coach
Buses 9.1 and 9.2 link Derby Bus Station and Butterley Station every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday,and every hour on Sundays. Various buses link the Derby Rail and Bus Stations every few minutes Mondays to Saturdays, and every 15 minutes on Sundays: alternatively it is about a 15 minute walk.
To Alfreton by train
Then take bus 9.1, 9.2 and 9.3 to Butterley Station every 15 minutes Mondays to Saturdays and every hour on Sundays.
Bus times may be checked on the Traveline East Midlands web site or by calling 0870 608 2608.
From Butterley station you may go by train or take the lineside path, a pleasant 20 minute stroll but, but it may be muddy after heavy rain. The Midland Railway timetable gives details of their services.
By car via Butterley
Following the brown tourist signs will direct you straight to Butterley Station where there is ample parking - you may then take the train or a linside walk as described above.
By car from Butterley to Swanwick Junction is around 4 to 5 miles by two alternative routes.
Route 1: North from Butterley Station to the traffic lights at Swanwick church, TURN RIGHT, continue for one mile to Co-op Store at Leabrooks traffic lights and TURN RIGHT again. Continue down Newlands Road for about 1½ miles, just after the Newlands Inn at the bottom of the hill TURN RIGHT into Coach Road alongside Caravan and Camping site. Over two speed humps and fork right where signed ‘Midland Railway Centre’ at the end of a single track lane.
Route 2: South from Butterley Station, up the hill into RIPLEY town centre, bear to your LEFT through the one-way system to the A.610 round-about, TURN RIGHT to CODNOR, but then FILTER LEFT at the next traffic lights, into Codnor Industrial Estate, TURN RIGHT into Holborn Road past the factories, continue to the end then TURN LEFT onto Alfreton Road, continue down the hill to the caravan and camping site on your left, TURN LEFT into Coach Road, over two speed humps, and continue as described in Route 1.
There is a map available of these two routes.
By car directly to Swanwick Junction
If it is more convenient to your travel arrangements and you wish to go directly to the Swanwick Junction site then please follow these directions:
- From the North via M1
Leave M1 at Junction 28 and join the A38 towards Derby;
leave the A38 at the 3rd exit;
follow the brown tourist signs for the Midland Railway Centre;
at the traffic lights at Swanwick Church (Steam Packet Inn on left) TURN LEFT:
at the next set of traffic lights turn RIGHT (Co-op on right);
continue until you reach the Newland's Inn on the right and immediately turn RIGHT along Coach Road, a private road. (beware of the two speed humps and the pot-holes);
fork right and follow the lane to the entrance gates to the Midland Railway Centre.
- From the South via M1
Leave M1 at Junction 26 and follow A610, (signposted Ripley):
continue as far as Codnor;
at the traffic lights in the Market Place turn right along un-numbered road towards Leabrooks;
continue until passing through trees, at the bottom of the hill turn LEFT into Coach Road and continue as above.
- From South via Derby
Travel North along A38 and follow the brown tourist signs to the Midland Railway Centre, then follow the directions above.
Please park you vehicle in the main car park on your right immdiately before the second set of gates as the parking space at the Museum and Study Centre is restricted. Disabled visitors may drive in to the Midland Railway Centre and park by the HMRS building which is clearly visible as you enter the Centre. Please be aware that much of the walking surface is not an asphalt surface and may be muddy.