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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 SIX steam venues including two private charters, Brewery tour & Real Ale Brewer's Supper.

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5 days from £635



Thursday 07 October 2021



  • Giants of Steam at the Bluebell Railway

  • Shepherd Neame tour & Brewer’s Supper

  • Kent & Sussex Railway and loco collections

  • Colonel Stephens Museum, Tenterden

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

  • 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


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.



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.



Today we visit two of Kent's finest heritage railways, commencing at the beautiful Kent & 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.



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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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


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.



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*Please note: Some local and regional train services are Standard Class only, so First Class ticket holders will travel in standard class accommodation for these sections of journeys.



Join & Leave at Hotel £635


Single Supplement £130


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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