You are exploring part of the Butterley Gangroad, first built in 1793 to link local quarries with the Cromford Canal. It was one of the first railways in the East Midlands, and maybe the world, where a steam locomotive operated successfully.
A vertical boiler chain driven locomotive was purchased by the Butterley Company in 1869 and the engine shed was probably built around this time to house the locomotive. The locomotive was known locally as the “coffeepot” and was used to return empty wagons from Bullbridge. A four coupled wing tank locomotive was purchased from Bagnalls in Stafford in 1894 and this new more powerful engine compared to the “coffeepot” was used to take wagons up the slope into Hilts quarry. The engine shed was probably extended around this time to accommodate the new locomotive.
Further information can be found at www.butterleygangroadproject.co.uk.