Brief Encounter at Swanwick Junction
Swanwick Junction station has been gradually developed to represent a typical country junction, incorporating buildings and structures transported from other parts of the former Midland Railway territory and re-erected on site. The plan is to complete the reconstruction of the main station building.
Midland Railway Trust Limited
The main station building at Swanwick Junction has been transported from Syston near Leicester and re-assembled brick by brick. The basic construction work has been completed, but the platform and approach paths need re-surfacing. Internally, work has been undertaken to re-create an authentic railway booking hall, but much of the building is still basically an empty shell that needs to be fully fitted out in order to complete the reconstruction, enhance the visitor experience and generate income
The project will see the completion of the internal fitting out of the building, re-surfacing of the platform and approach roads and the establishment of a Victorian-style station garden. A station buffet and bar will be created, combining all the atmosphere of a typical Midland Railway country branch station with modern catering facilities. This facility will provide a much needed visitor amenity, and will also generate income from catering and room hire to support the core work of the Trust.
To enhance the visitor experience by improving the aesthetic qualities of Swanwick station.
Activities» The project will create a station buffet and bar, offering a visitor amenity with the atmosphere of a typical Midland Railway country branch station.
Success will be demonstrated by a significant increase in the overall visitor numbers to the Midland Railway Butterley from the present figure of approx. 75,000 per annum.
To generate income to support the core work of the Trust.
Activities» In addition to income generated from catering, the facility will be available for hire for training, conferences and weddings.
Success will be demonstrated by a significant increase in revenue from the new facility, to support the many restoration projects being undertaken by the Trust.
The completed station building will be an amenity sustainable for many years to come. For visitors to the Midland Railway, it will be a major new attraction to complement the existing infrastructure. It will add to the ambiance of Swanwick Junction station area and provide much needed catering facilities with associated employment opportunities. Success will be demonstrated by increased visitor numbers and additional income from catering and hire charges for training, conferences and weddings.
Part of the project will be undertaken by external contractors, with the attendant risk of failure to deliver on contract. The risk will be minimised by ensuring that all agreements are drawn up so as to protect the trust as far as possible from the effects of such failure.
The principal method of communication to donors will be through the Trust’s Web site. The site has recently been revamped and is now updated on a day to day basis by our web-master. Progress towards completion of the Swanwick Junction station site will be reported on throughout the project period.
Budget - Project Cost: £30,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £3,000 Internal Fitting Out Plastering of Walls £2,500 do. Electrics £3,500 do. Heating System Installation £3,500 do. Furnishings £4,000 do. Kitchen Equipment £5,000 External Work Platform Re-surfacing £4,000 do. Paving of Approach Paths £4,500 do. Victorian-style Station Garden
The project is located within the borough of Amber Valley, comprising the market towns of Ripley, Alfreton, Belper and Heanor plus many villages and smaller settlements. The majority of the Borough’s 120,000 residents live in the market towns, all of which have experienced economic and social difficulties as a result of the decline of their traditional industries. Whilst unemployment levels remain lower than national and regional averages, this masks pockets of higher unemployment.
Visitors to Swanwick museum and Country Park will benefit from the project, particularly those who travel by train from the main access point at Butterley station. The trust’s volunteer work force will also benefit from the project. It is anticipated that around 40 volunteers will be directly involved in the delivery of the project. The wide range of elements included within the project will offer the opportunity for the volunteers to develop new skills in a number of areas.
The Trust has had considerable experience with the delivery of similar projects. Over the years, several other buildings and structures have been brought to the Midland Railway “brick by brick” and re-erected on site. These have included Swanwick Signal Box (Kettering), St. Saviour’s Church, Swanwick (Westhouses), Swanwick Gate House (Derby), Hammersmith Signal Box (Kilby Bridge), Swanwick footbridge (Belle Vue), Butterley Station (Whitwell) and Butterley Signal Box (Ais Gill).
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The Trust’S Volunteer Work Force.
The Trust currently has around 800 members, many of whom are actively involved in the day to day operation and maintenance of the railway and museum.