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Relive bygone days between Apeldoorn and Dieren!

Please note: due to the corona virus, no large events may be organised, which is why VSM has decided to cancel “Back to then” in 2021.

Steam enthusiasts can indulge themselves. On the first full weekend of September (2022), the VSM traditionally organises the largest steam train festival in the Netherlands under the name: ‘Back to Then’.

A large number of restored steam locomotives are active on both days. With a length of almost 23 metres and a service weight of 130 tons and more, these machines are among the largest ever used in Europe.

Event area Beekbergen

A number of model railways have been set up in the locomotive warehouse in Beekbergen. There is also a rail market where everything in the field of railways and model railways will be available. The Museumsteamdepot is open, and the visitor gets an impression of working in a steam depot. Coal is loaded, water is taken, locomotives are turned on the turntable and much more. In addition to various old cars, there are beautiful, restored trucks on display.

Event area Loenen

In Loenen there are various activities, including a carousel for the children or real miniature trains that children can ride on. Steam rollers, steam tractors and a sawing machine are also operational. In Loenen you will also come across stands of fellow heritage companies and various stands with model railroad items and occasions. Then enjoy a snack and a drink on the large terrace adjacent to the platform.

In short, a must for the whole family!

Next running days

Back to then will be available again in 2022.


The passenger trains run between 09.30 and 17.30 on both days. The first long goods train departs in the morning dew for photo and film enthusiasts: at 06.50.

The complete timetable will be available here later.


The current fares for this package can be found on the fares page.


Day passes can be purchased at the entrances of the festival sites in Beekbergen and Loenen ( debit card accepted), at Apeldoorn station from the conductor on the VSM platform and from Dieren and Eerbeek stations from the conductor in the train. During ‘Back To Then’ debit card transactions are unfortunately not possible with the conductors in Apeldoorn, Eerbeek and Dieren. Tickets cannot be purchased in advance.

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