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Kent & Sussex Autumn Steam Explorer

Kent & Sussex Autumn Steam Explorer

We stay beside the River Medway in the historic county town of Maidstone on this fascinating Autumn break featuring the wonderful Giants of Steam Gala, visits to FIVE steam venues including two private charters, Brewery tour & Real Ale Brewer's Supper - plus no single room supplement!

5 Days From £649

 

DEPARTS

Thursday 24 September 2020

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Giants of Steam at the Bluebell Railway

  • Shepherd Neame tour & Brewer’s Supper

  • Kent & East Sussex Railway and loco collections

  • Colonel Stephens Museum, Tenterden

  • Private Charter at the unique Sittingbourne & Kemsley Steam Railway

  • The Spa Valley Railway

  • Private Charter at The Lavender Line

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • 4 nights’ bed & breakfast

  • 1 Brewer's supper

  • 2 Light lunches

  • 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

 



*No Single Traveller Supplement*

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 two-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

Our first day of steam begins with a private coach transfer to the Bluebell Railway - Britain's very first standard gauge preserved steam railway which is holding their Giants of Steam Autumn Gala. 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" our private coach transfers us to back Maidstone arriving approx. 18.15 hrs.

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DAY 3

Today we enjoy a full day of steam at one of Kent's finest heritage railways, the beautiful Kent & East Sussex Railway. In the morning we take the steam train journey from Tenterden to Bodiam and we break our journey on the return at Rolvenden to view the locomotive collection. We have free time at Tenterden to enjoy a pub lunch and to look around the station, including entrance to the Colonel Stephens Museum who built this and many other light railways. In the afternoon we take journey back to Bodiam with time to visit Bodiam Castle, steam shed or enjoy a pint in the pub before we return to Tenterden.

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DAY 4

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 private charter on the 2-mile run through the Wealden countryside at this very friendly standard gauge line.

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DAY 5

This morning we enjoy a private charter at 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 enjoy a final light lunch together at the railway before we bid farewell and make our way homeward from Maidstone.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

HOTEL

Travelodge Hotel, Maidstone

The Travelodge Maidstone Central Hotel is riverside, 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: Victoria

£699

£685

Greater London

£705

£695

South of England

£735

£709

East Anglia

£765

£719

South West

£855

£779

Heart of England

£899

£749

Midlands

£899

£749

Yorkshire

£909

£789

North East

£969

£825

North West

£945

£779

South Wales

£849

£779

North Wales

£959

£779

Scotland

£995

£839

 

Join & Leave at Hotel £649

 

No Single Traveller Supplement

 

4 nights’ bed & breakfast

1 Brewer's supper

2 Light lunches

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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