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, from 22nd July until 3rd September 2017 * you will be able follow in the footsteps of those families of times gone by. Come to Butterley Station in Derbyshire, from where you will be transported by steam or heritage diesel train to the newly created beach at Swanwick Junction.

*Please note the beach will not be accessible 29th and 30th July.

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 and don’t miss out on our Children’s Bucket & Spade Picnic offer – get a sandwich with a choice of filling (ham, cheese or jam), a packet of crisps, a piece of fruit, a cake bar and a carton of juice all for £5!

During our Trains to the Seaside event our normal train fares apply. You can find out more information here.