In the yard at Butterley Station in Midland Railway Centre, there’s a little green coach which stands in the siding by the side of the main running line.  This little green coach is the home of the Star Tugs Exhibition and where you can see a wonderful display of large portions of our growing collection on a rotational basis.


The Exhibition was set up by Clearwater Entertainment and funded by Kickstarter money, raised by fans of the series who wanted to see the models given a suitable home. It was opened on the 22nd of March 2014, following the Star Tugs Launch Event at The Battlefield Line Railway in Leicestershire at Market Bosworth. It was relaunched in 2016 after an extensive overhaul, and is now open full time.

Follow the history of our exhibition through this page, then why not pay a visit at Midland Railway - Butterley? You'll always be welcome!




The coach when we first took management of it. Humble beginnings indeed!

Amazing what a lick of paint can do, but more work was going on inside!

When we first opened, the inside was very basic with only really the tugs themselves on show and could only be open when someone was present to staff it.

Nowadays, thanks to a valiant effort from a small team over a long period of time, and thanks to a massive investment from the company's directors, it is a real exhibition with all sorts to see!

This has now had to make way for yet more display cabinets (as well as a repaint) as we continue to reinvest in the collection and the exhibition, we need more room to display it!

Originally we had a colouring area set in the rear of the coach, or the "blue" end as it was known. We quickly filled up the walls with the handiwork of our visitors!

Click the link below which will take you to the Midland Railway - Butterley "Find Us" page. We are located in Butterley Station yard, so why not make a day of it and have a ride on the train down to Swanwick Junction while you're here?



The quality of the stands did improve slightly before the overhaul but the boats were still the main attraction, with not alot else that we could display at the time.

Now though, we have a plethora of artefacts from the production and promotion of the show, which gives the exhibition so much more depth. You could spend hours just trying to see it all!