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 new beach and picnic area at Swanwick Junction.
Trains depart from Butterley at: 11.00am, 11.50am, 12.40pm, 2.00pm, 2.50pm & 3.45pm
Once you have finished on the beach, explore the Swanwick Complex, where you will be able to visit the Demonstration Signal Box, Victorian Railwayman’s Church, our new beach area and the Country Park. Other attractions include the Golden Valley Light Railway (additional charge), The West Shed Experience, Midland Road Transport Museum, Model Railways, Miniature Railway (additional charge), Stationary Power and much more! The Matthew Kirtley Museum is temporarily closed to the public.
Please note that we currently have a limited catering offer which can be found in the shop at Butterley Station and Deeleys Tearoom at Swanwick Station. This offer will include hot (Butterley only) and cold drinks, packaged snacks and ice creams. We suggest that you bring your own picnic on your visit if you wish to eat.
Trains return from Swanwick Junction at: 11.35am, 12.25pm, 1.15pm, 2.35pm, 3.25pm & 4.00pm.
Today’s Train Fares
|Ticket Type||With Gift Aid||Without Gift Aid|
|Child (aged 5-16)||£6.25||£5.50|
|Child (under 5)||Free||Free|
|Family (2 adults and up to 3 children aged 5 – 15)||£31.25||£27.50|
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 shop and as a thank you for payment by this method. This represents excellent value for the visitor as well as benefiting the Midland Railway Trust.