Project chairman Colin Boocock, 77, of Derby, has been involved in the railways all his working life, starting out as an engineering apprentice in 1954.
Colin said: “There is something for all ages. We are disabled-friendly, and appreciated by the railway-minded visitors who are actually in a minority among the many families who enjoy our displays and who pay us repeat visits.
“There are lots of things for kids to do and lots of model trains and hands-on toys.”
There are running examples of well-known trains from different periods of time. The aim is that every visitor will recognise at least some of the trains on display, many of which are trains that currently run in the Derby area.
Colin said: “One of the trains has 35 wagons on it and it happily goes around the track.”