What can I see and do?

What can I see and do at the West Shed?

Whether you’re a railway enthusiast or just looking for a fun family day out, there’s something for you here!

Explore our collection of steam locomotives and historic railway carriages including…

Visitors looking at a railway carriage in the West Shed museum
  • Two powerful 1930s steam locomotives – 6233 ‘Duchess of Sutherland’ and 6203 ‘Princess Margaret Rose’.
  • A 1920’s Special Saloon used by Royalty and dignitaries including Winston Churchill during the Second World War.
  • LMS No.1 Dynamometer Car testing vehicle.
  • Ex-Butlin’s 21-inch gauge miniature locomotives.
  • British Railways Standard Tank engines.

For more information about our locomotives and carriages explore our collections on this page.

Young visitors in the West Shed

Find out more through films and hands-on activities

  • Watch a film in our cinema.
  • Sit on our miniature locomotive and pretend to be the driver.

Learn more by following our ‘Maggie Moggy’ and eye spy trails.

People making a model train out of recycled materials

Join us in the school holidays for some creative craft activities

Have a go at making a ‘junk model’ train using recycled materials, or try one of our other seasonal craft activities.

Activities take place on selected dates during the school holidays – please sign up to our emailing list to be notified of upcoming dates or follow us on Facebook.

Model railway in the West Shed

See our model railway in action on special days.

A view into the West Shed workshop

The Workshop

Use the viewing gallery to see what’s going on in our engineering workshop.

Pictures and objects on display

Explore the Stanier Gallery

  • Meet locomotive designer Sir William Stanier in his office and discover the story of our locomotives.
  • See our displays of paintings, models and more.

The West Shed Museum is located on the Swanwick Junction museum complex of the Midland Railway-Butterley. Visit for a day and explore the whole site including a heritage railway, museums, Victorian railwayman’s church, demonstration signal box, narrow gauge, miniature and model railways (individual opening times vary). To find out about the other attractions on-site please visit: https://www.midlandrailway-butterley.co.uk/

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