Midland Railway Butterley
The Midland Railway Butterley was one of the most firmly established DMU centres in the UK, and for many years now has held the record for the total number of vehicles to be found on one site.
Three DMU groups were active on this three mile line which runs between Hammersmith and Riddings (the latter just a run round loop), passing through stations at Butterley and Swanwick Junction along the way. Swanwick Junction is the location of a large museum site including many sheds and displays. However, the DMUs are normally based at Butterley where there is a two road carriage shed, one road of which normally contains a DMU vehicle. However around the mid 2000's there was a move away from DMU's and two of the resident groups departed for pastures new.
Of the resident sets, most are geographically and historically appropriate and are a showcase of types that were originally built by the (nearby) Derby works of British Railways. Sets from classes 108, 114 and 127 are all Derby built DMUs resident on the line.
Additional DMUs from other railways can periodically be found on the line for contact restoration and repair works, the services for which the railway has a good reputation for providing. These are also undertaken by Carriage & Wagon in the Butterley works.