He weekend of the 14th and 15th July will see a very busy Midland Railway – Butterley with its 1960s weekend.
The railway will be using a range of vehicles that would have been used in the 1960s with steam and diesel locomotives, diesel multiple units, carriages and wagons in use from that decade.
The 1960s saw a huge change on the railways and this will be shown over the weekend at the Midland Railway – Butterley , a heritage railway based on a line that itself lost its services towards the end of that decade.
In addition there will be 1960s based entertainment on both day with live music and road vehicles on display.
The narrow gauge Golden Valley Light Railway will be running an intensive timetable with demonstration freight trains and all of the operating locomotives in use. The 1960s saw narrow gauge railways in industry decline as they began to be replaced by road vehicles but saw the growth in pleasure and preservation use.
On Sunday 15th July there will also be the railways major Road Rally with a wide range of buses, cars, lorries and bikes on display.
Alan Calladine, the Midland Railway Trust Development Office said “ This will
be a great weekend reliving this momentous decade when everything started
to change. Railways in particular changed with the infamous Beeching report,
the move from steam to diesel and electric power and the decline in the branch lines that had been a part of life for 100 years. The Midland Railway –
Butterley has preserved a great deal of railway equipment that was in use in
the 1960s and is ideally situated to show off this decade”