© Geoff’s Rail Diaries 2012 It’s a little while since our last visit to the Midland Railway at Butterley - for the grand opening of the new loco shed on the 2’ gauge Golden Valley Railway, back in July 2007. This time, the IRS AGM was the purpose - incorporating a visit to the railway, and a ride on the standard gauge line hauled by industrial steam. It’s good to see these little locos earning their keep - we’d been promised the RSH No 1 from Castle Donington (7817 of 1954) - in the event, the much-older Peckett “Whitehead” (1163 of 1908) would see action too. Of course, there’s little authenticity in such operations, so it hardly mattered that the coaching stock comprised a 3-car DMU... As well as taking a ride, there was an opportunity to inspect some of the other stock on site. Some, that is, in that the Swanwick Junction site is huge and sprawling. I could have seen more, at the expense of the buffet lunch. The lunch won. And the AGM? - yes, in the “Tin Tabernacle”, the corrugated iron church from Westhouses. I guess the hard wooden pews contributed to brisk and businesslike proceedings...   Links: Midland Railway Butterley Golden Valley Railway Industrial Railway Society No.1 getting ready for its day of action 1960-built 92219 - a long-term project 6203 (x2) 21" gauge LMS pacifics 6201 and 6203 Peckett and D212 Whitehead moves off Posing at Swanwick Junction Blue diesels - 47401 and 45041 No.1 arrives at Swanwick Junction (DMU in tow) Whitehead reverses at Hammersmith The next train to St Pancras isn't this one... Whitehead starts away from Butterley The pulling power of a Peckett 2' gauge - the former "Pearl 2" - now "Joan", in an attractive new livery