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…
- 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.
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.
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.
See our model railway in action on special days.
Use the viewing gallery to see what’s going on in our engineering workshop.
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/