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Throughout the history of rail travel, special excursion trains have been run to take people to the seaside. Sometimes for their summer holidays, but often just for a day out. Armed with buckets and spades, flasks and sandwiches, families would pack into the carriages and be transported from their inland home station down to their nearest seaside resort for a day of sun, surf and family fun on the beach. Then at the end of the day, the train would take them all home again.

Well, you can now follow in the footsteps of those families of times gone by and be transported by a heritage diesel multiple unit to the newly created beach at Swanwick Junction.

Trains depart from Butterley Station at 11.00am, 11.50am, 12.40pm, 2.00pm and 2.50pm.

 

When you have built and destroyed your sand castles; sunned yourself on your beach towel; devoured your beach picnic and had your picture taken with your head popping through an amusing portrait, take some time out to visit the various museums, demonstration signal box, country park, buffet and childrens’ playground at Swanwick Junction before returning by train to Butterley Station.

…and don’t forget to pack the sun cream.

 

Trains return from Swanwick Junction at:  11.35am, 12.25pm, 1.15pm, 2.35pm, 3.25pm & 4.00pm.

 

Today’s train fares:                                                  With Gift Aid                Without Gift Aid

Adult                                                                                        £11.50                                £10.00

Over 60                                                                                   £10.50                                 £9.00

Child (aged 5-16)                                                                    £5.75                                  £5.00

Child (under 5)                                                                       Free                                      Free

Family (2 adults and up to 3 children aged 5 – 15)         £28.75                                 £25.00

Dogs are a supplement of £1.00 (with the exception of assistance dogs)

Parking at Butterley Station is FREE.

About Gift Aid

Gift Aid is available to UK tax payers, enabling the Midland Railway Trust to reclaim 25% of the amount paid from the government. Gift Aid visitors will receive vouchers to spend in the shops and buffets as a thank you for payment by this method. This represents excellent value for the visitor as well as benefiting the Midland Railway Trust.

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