As one of the UK’s great railway engineering cities, Derby is steeped in industrial heritage.
Midland Railways Locomotive and Carriage and Wagon works was here – and today it’s home to Bombardier Transportation and the site of the former Railway Technical Centre. However, as technology has moved on, Derby is perhaps better known today as the city where Rolls-Royce’s world-beating aero engines are built.
Derby Station – also known as Derby Midland Station – offers a range of well connected services making it easy to get to and from the city and London with East Midlands Trains’ Midland Mainline , as well as stations as far afield as Cardiff, Reading and Newcastle with CrossCountry . Both East Midlands Trains and Northern Rail operate local and regional services.
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Although much of Derby’s historic rail heritage is gone, you can get a genuine flavour of the city’s industrial past at the Derby Silk Mill (also known as the Industrial Museum). You can also pay homage to the city’s railway heritage at Pride Park – the new home to Derby County, which rose from the site of the abandoned engineering works.
There’s been a station in Derby since 1940, and you can still see traces of its importance in the network at Derby Midland Station today, although it has largely been rebuilt. Today, those surviving sites of Derby’s engineering works are not routinely open to the public
For rail on a smaller scale, the historic Markeaton Park light railway offers short trips along a 1.4km stretch of track.
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