Welcome to the Historical Model Railway Society Museum and Study Centre

The Museum & Study Centre

Funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Society, our purpose-built Museum & Study Centre is situated within the Midland Railway – Butterley site at Swanwick Junction, Derbyshire. It features superb research facilities, as well as layouts in different gauges and static displays. The three storey Study Centre provides access to more than 300,000 original engineering drawings, over 200,000 photographs, a comprehensive railway library and extensive archives housing original railway documentation. Friendly and knowledgeable volunteers are on hand to assist. On the ground floor are the exhibition area with layouts & displays and our well stocked shop, selling our own publications, second hand books and donated model items.


Please note that the information here describes our normal way of operating. Currently, due to restrictions on site access by The Midland Railway Centre, the gates to the site are locked and the only public access is by train from Butterley Station on days when the site is open and trains are running. Any other access must be pre-agreed with the HMRS by contacting us via the Secretary.

On weekdays there are normally officers on site on Wednesdays and most Fridays from 9.30am until 3.00pm. Access is via the blue door on the road side of the building: see the photo. There is a bell push on the wall to the right hand side of the door. It is essential to arrange any visit beforehand to make sure we are open: this especially applies to Fridays.

ACCESS TO THE SHOP may be available on the above days and at the same hours.

By car directly to Swanwick Junction

If 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 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.

Car Parking

Please park you vehicle in the main car park on your right immediately 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 to the left as you enter the Centre.