Butterley Garden Railway Association

We are an independent group affiliated to the Association of 16mm NG Modellers.

We meet in the grounds of the Midland Railway Centre, Ripley, near Butterley Station - hence the name. This extensive site offers the opportunity to ride both standard gauge and narrow gauge lines, as well as visiting their museum. Smaller scale modellers also have layouts on the site.

Our membership is drawn from a wide range of backgrounds and occupations, which means there's plenty of advice and experience on hand if you're struggling with complex valve timing or simply deciding which kits offer good value. We have experts in modern electronics for those who don't want their models to get hot and oily. The majority interest are the live steam locomotives ranging from simple unmodified Mamods to big heavy Garratt locomotives.

Members meet every Sunday and there are additional midweek meetings on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, with the East Midlands Group. and the 4th Wednesday of the month. These are afternoon sessions but often start in the morning and go on into the evening when the weather is kind.

Pop along and enjoy the opportunity to run trains and talk trains with like-minded people, share experiences and swap "burnt finger" stories.


2019 Events See here


Autumn Twilight Run Photos here.


Building David's Loop.


Loco Olympics & BBQ photos. See here


The New Rockery photos.


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Aerial view of layout with Duchess of Sutherland in background

Aerial view of our layout with the Princess Royal Class, Duchess of Sutherland in the background.

Photo by Rod Nipper using his camera drone.

Overview of layout Trains on the upper and lower tracks Blue Mamod resting Much activity on Gala day Coal fired fun