2019 Kent & Sussex Easter Steam Explorer

2019 Kent & Sussex Easter Steam Explorer

We stay beside the River Medway in the historic county town of Maidstone on this fascinating Easter break featuring six famous steam lines, a historic dockyard steam festival - plus a taste of Kent with a real ale Brewer's Supper.

5 days from £599

 

DEPARTS

Thursday 18 April 2019

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Bluebell Railway

  • Kent & East Sussex Railway and loco collections

  • Colonel Stephens Museum, Tenterden

  • Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway - the world’s smallest public railway

  • The Festival of Steam & Transport Gala at Historic Dockyard Chatham

  • The unique Sittingbourne & Kemsley Steam Railway

  • The Spa Valley Railway

  • The Lavender line

  • Shepherd Neame brewery tour

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

DAY 1

Travel from your home station to Maidstone. After registering at the Travelodge Hotel we have a welcome evening tour of the renowned real ale Shepherd Neame brewery. Upon completion of the tour we have a 2 course Brewer's Supper, including a tasting of their fine ale, whilst enjoying the opportunity to chat and socialise.

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DAY 2

Today we visit two of Kent's finest heritage railways, commencing at the beautiful Kent & East Sussex Railway where we take the steam train journey from Tenterden to Bodiam and return. We break our journey on the return at Rolvenden to view the locomotive collection. We also include time to enjoy lunch and to look around at Tenterden station, including entrance to the Colonel Stephens Museum who built this and many other light railways.

This afternoon, we continue by coach to Hythe for a journey on the superb Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway - the world's smallest public railway (15" gauge). The exhilarating journey takes us to Dungeness then returning as far as New Romney to view the locomotives and model railway. Our coach returns us to Maidstone where the evening is free for you to dine at leisure.

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DAY 3

A short road journey brings us to the Spa Valley Railway where we have ample time for a steam ride on the 5 miles route to Eridge and to view the locomotive and rolling stock collection in the historic, original, 1886 shed at Tunbridge Wells West station. A second diesel hauled run along the line includes complimentary sandwich, hot and cold drinks, or a bottle of real ale from a local brewery. In the afternoon we take the short journey to Isfield station, home of the Lavender line for a 2 mile run through the Wealden countryside at this very friendly standard gauge line.

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DAY 4

Returning to the rails we travel by train to visit the Chatham Historic Dockyard for its Festival of Steam & Transport Gala, combining road, rail and sea. In the afternoon we continue by rail to Sittingbourne for steam on the unique Sittingbourne & Kemsley Railway. Having been close to closure it is reassuring to be able to visit the unique 760 mm gauge line at this paper mill site - a true industrial light railway. We conclude our day with our return rail journey to Maidstone, where again the evening is free for you to dine at leisure.

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DAY 5

Our tour concludes with a private coach transfer to the Bluebell Railway - Britain's very first standard gauge preserved steam railway. Here we have individual day rover tickets affording multiple return journeys along the length of the line including time to view the wonderful locomotive collection at Sheffield Park and the historic station at Horsted Keynes, which has featured many times in films and television period dramas. After our visit to "The Bluebell" we bid farewell at approx. 17.00 hrs at East Grinstead to those having booked with Railtrail Tours' unique 'rail-inclusive' tour fares, whilst those having booked 'Tour Base' fares return by private coach to Maidstone arriving approx. 18.15 hrs.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

HOTEL

Travelodge Hotel, Maidstone

The Travelodge Maidstone Central Hotel is river-side, a short walk from the High Street shops and restaurants. The hotel has a bar and café restaurant, where we will take our buffet-style full English breakfast. Bedrooms are en-suite and have TV and coffee & tea making facilities. Low cost evening meals are available at the hotel as an optional extra.

 

FARES

Fare Region

First

Standard

London: Terminal

£650

£635

Greater London

£655

£640

South of England

£685

£655

East Anglia

£710

£670

South West

£785

£710

Heart of England

£835

£695

Midlands

£835

£695

Yorkshire

£850

£735

North East

£905

£725

North West

£885

£710

South Wales

£785

£725

North Wales

£895

£725

Scotland

£930

£780


Join & Leave at Hotel £599

 

Single Supplement £125

 

4 nights’ bed & breakfast

1 Brewers supper

1 Light lunch

Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

Rail & coach travel, with transfers as described

All excursions and admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

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