Waterways and Railways of the East Midlands

Midland Railway Butterley:  locomotive no 158A

Midland Railway Butterley: locomotive no 158A

Monday September 3rd-Friday September 7th 2018

Full amount of tour-price due:  Monday June 25th 2018

Tour-price per head:  £965.00

The Notts-Derby Coalfield grew directly from the introduction of first canals and then railways to the region.

The Erewash, Cromford and Nottingham Canals first tapped the rich coal seams of the Erewash Valley, while the Chesterfield Canal connected the Rother valley with River Humber and the sea and the Grantham Canal opened up the Vale of Belvoir to trade.

The Midland Railway was founded primarily to move coal to market, and its rival the Great Northern Railway pushed into Midland territory to tap into the same collieries.  Optimistic late-coming main lines, the Great Central and the Lancashire, Derbyshire & East Coast railways proved over-ambitious and never fulfilled their potential.

This tour visits all five of the canals in the region and the heritage railways that celebrate the heyday of transport in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries – the Midland Railway Butterley, the Great Central Railway at Loughborough and Ruddington, and the Barrow Hill Roundhouse – together with other railway sites including Bennerley Viaduct, Fledborough Viaduct and the Derby Railway Village.

Tour begins:  Monday September 3rd 2018, 6.30pm

Tour ends:  Friday September 7th 2018, 5.00pm

Accommodation:  Best Western Plus Nottingham City Centre, 17-21 Wollaton Street, Nottingham, NG1 5FW

Telephone:  0115-912-8000

Website:  https://www.bestwestern.co.uk/hotels/best-western-plus-nottingham-city-centre-84221


  • The Best Western Plus Nottingham City Centre hotel is a short taxi-ride, or a tram-ride and a short walk, from Nottingham Station
  • To participate fully guests need to be able to walk and stand in and out of doors for up to 90 minutes at a time
  • Stout footwear and outdoor clothing are recommended


  • four nights’ half-board accommodation
  • three lunches
  • coach-travel and admission to heritage sites

For background information on some of the sites on this itinerary, please click here.

To book this tour, please download the tour outline, booking form, optional travel-insurance information and terms and conditions, and post the completed booking form with an initial deposit cheque for £100.00 for each place, payable to Norman Allen Group Travel Ltd, to Mike Higginbottom Interesting Times, 63 Vivian Road, Sheffield, S5 6WJ.

All Mike Higginbottom Interesting Times holidays are booked with and operated by Norman Allen Group Travel Ltd (ABTA W9928).




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