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Butterley Garden Railway Association


Programme of Events

Regular Events Include:

Afternoon & Evening Steaming on the Second & Fourth Wednesday in each month

Regular Steaming Sunday Afternoons


Wednesday 11th July.

Ripley's Big Day Out

A normal Wednesday Running Day but also Ripley Town Council's Big Day Out at Swanwick Junction. Trains are running on the big railway and the event runs from 9.00am to 4pm. Brass Bands and Fairground Rides at Swanwick. Looks like a fun day out.


Sunday 12th August.

Loco Olympics (for BGRA, 16mm Members and Guests) A fun day with competitive events for your locomotives. Details of competition events are being worked out at the moment and will show here. Please support this new idea and have a little bit of fun. Events may include things like the slowest circuit of the track without stopping.

Barbecue (for BGRA, 16mm Members and Guests) Rolls and salad provided, anything else is up to you, we have a gas-fired grill available. From 1PM, nearest and dearest welcome. A list will be put out purely so food quantity can be estimated.


Saturday September 15th.

Fish & Chip Supper (for BGRA Members ONLY). Order will be placed at 5:00PM, giving time for everything to be fried, sit down to eat 5:30PM approximately


Wednesday 10th October.

Autumn Twilight Run. Our 2nd evening run for 2018. Running starts at 12.00. You can order Fish & Chips if you're here by 5.00. It should be dark before 6.00 and we can run as long as we like.


Sunday 2nd December.

Christmas Party (for BGRA Members ONLY) Commence at 3PM, food provided, nearest and dearest welcome. A list will be put out purely so food quantity can be estimated.


Future Event Date Unknown.

Tornado's visit in April 2018 was postponed due to the failure of Tornado at Peterborough but they have promised to visit later. If this happens then the BGRA will support the event.


We also support shows and exhibitions whenever possible.


Boiler test in progress

Boiler Test Day.

If you need a boiler testing then we are able to do this for you. We have one of the 16mm Association kits and a qualified tester.

We aim to be able to do tests on the first Sunday of each month and at any regular Wednesday running session throughout 2018.

But you MUST contact Mike Riley to confirm.

E-mail: m(dot)riley(at)ntlworld(dot)com

Telephone: 01509 554574

Mobile: 07522 554446


Boiler testing is NOT compulsory at present but is recommended as good practice. See the 16mm association website for more details.