News from East Midlands Trains


Tickets still available for Derby Etches Park open day on Saturday 13 September

  • Tickets can be booked in advance or bought on the day
  • Community Open Day to celebrate 175 years of Derby’s railway
  • First time ever the depot has opened its doors to the public
  • Rare opportunity to see behind the scenes of a full working maintenance depot
  • A range of 20 different vehicles on display and six model railway exhibits
  • Variety of stalls and small fairground rides offering fun for the family

Ever wondered what it’s like behind the doors of Derby’s major train maintenance depot?   Tickets are still available for the Etches Park Community Open Day on Saturday 13 September, where you will have an opportunity for the first time ever to gain an insight into the workings of a busy maintenance depot as well as the chance to marvel at the fascinating series of trains on display.

What’s more, with a variety of stalls and small fairground rides, the Etches Park Community Open Day will offer a great day out with fun for all the family.

Discounted tickets can still be booked in advance at and are priced at £11 per adult or £29 for a family of two adults and up to three children.  Concessions are available.  Alternatively tickets can be bought on the day and will be priced at £14 per adult, £10 per child/senior and £39 for a family ticket.


Some of the highlights of the day now confirmed are:

  • Class 44 ‘Peak’ locomotives D4 and D8 – the first time together in preservation in years
  • Prototype HST power car 41001 which will be displayed with an East Midlands Trains production power car
  • Class 31 locomotives 31106 and 31271
  • Class 50 locomotive 50044
  • Class 08 locomotive sporting Crimson Lake livery
  • 975025 ‘Caroline’, originally the Southern Region General Manager’s Saloon and now operated by Network Rail
  • Western Diesel hydraulic - D1015 ‘Western Champion’
  • Class 25 – 25321 from the Midland Railway Centre
  • Derby’s own lightweight single car DMU ‘Iris’ from the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway
  • Track recording unit – 950001
  • Northern Rail Class 142 DMU
  • DC Rail Class 56 locomotive 56312
  • GBRF Class 20 locomotives
  • Network Rail MK3 DVT
  • Network Rail Class 97/3 locomotive
  • A range of East Midlands Trains’ own vehicles, including 153376, recently named ‘X-24 Expeditious’.


There will also be six model railway exhibitions including Elvedon Road, Woodside Lane, Buxworth, Werrington Road, Cottleston and Meadow Lane TMD and there will be over 20 stalls from a variety of railway societies and traders, including a stand for the Railway Magazine, official media partners for the event.  Demonstrations will take place showing how the depot’s wheel lathe and jacks work and there will also be a re-railing display.   

 In honour of Derby’s 175th anniversary, there will be a naming of an East Midlands Trains Class 222 Meridian as ‘Derby Etches Park’ and shunting loco 08899, which has been re-painted in ‘Crimson Lake livery’ will be unveiled and fitted with its new nameplate “Midland Counties Railway 175 1839-2014”.  This is courtesy of Malc Simpson, engineer at Etches Park, who re-painted 08899 in the same colours to mark Derby’s 150th anniversary and will be re-painting the shunter again to mark another 25 successful years.

 Mark Coney, Head of Fleet Delivery for East Midlands Trains, said: “This is really a unique opportunity for people to see what happens behind the scenes of a busy rail maintenance depot.  The team at Etches Park have been busy arranging a wide range of exhibits and model railway displays as well as stalls and small fairground rides, so there will be plenty for everybody to see. We’ve already sold hundreds of tickets but have plenty more so would urge people to get their ticket booked for a great day out.”

 Gates will open at 10am and close at 4.30pm with the last entry at 3.30pm.  Tickets are available to purchase in advance at and are priced at:

 Adults - £11

Concessions - £7

Family (two adults and up to three children) - £29


All profits will be donated to the Railway Children’s Charity.  There is no parking at the depot, however limited disabled parking will be available at East Midlands Trains’ Academy, located on Hudson Way, Pride Park, Derby.  A safe walking route will be available from Derby train station (Pride Park entrance) to the depot.  Refreshments will be available to purchase on site.

Commemorative brochures will be available on the day priced at £4 each and there will also be a range of souvenirs to purchase.

 Complimentary media tickets are available on request.  Please contact Emma Knight, Group Head of Media & Public Affairs by emailing to request tickets.