Trains to the Seaside is the theme for the summer holidays at The Midland Railway – Butterley and trains will be running trains every day from 31st July until 3rd September.
From the earliest days of railways, excursion trains were very popular and soon holidays by train were firmly established with the railways even creating their own resorts and developing small fishing villages such as Skegness. One of the very first excursion trains was operated on the Midland Railway on 5th July 1841 by a gentleman named Thomas Cook whowould soon make his name organising holidays and has now become a worldwide name.
The Midland Railway – Butterley’s seaside trains will be taking “holiday makers” on a short trip to a beach specially created by volunteers at the Museum Complex at Swanwick Junction.
Complete with sand, pebbles, and a promenade the beach is next to the station at Swanwick Junction.
Alan Calladine said, “Creating a beach in Derbyshire, which is about as far from the sea as you can make it in this countr,y might seem a bit strange but we are sure that it will be popular. We hope that it will bring back memories of those trains that took so many holidaymakers to the seaside before the advent of package holidays.