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Kent & Sussex Easter Steam Explorer

Kent & Sussex Easter Steam Explorer

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

5 days from £649

 

DEPARTS

Thursday 9 April 2020

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Bluebell Railway

  • 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:

  • 4 nights’ bed & breakfast

  • 1 Brewer's 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

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

Today we visit Kent's small but perfectly formed railway as we travel by coach to Hythe for a day on the superb Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway - the world's smallest public railway (15" gauge). Individual day rover tickets offer you the opportunity to either travel with the Tour Manager or individually throughout the day. The exhilarating journey takes us to Dungeness however we recommend you take the opportunity to enjoy a break at New Romney on some point in the day to view the locomotives and model railway and take refreshments if you wish. Our coach returns us from Hythe 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 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: Terminal

£699

£685

Greater London

£705

£695

South of England

£735

£705

East Anglia

£759

£719

South West

£835

£759

Heart of England

£885

£745

Midlands

£885

£745

Yorkshire

£899

£785

North East

£955

£819

North West

£935

£775

South Wales

£835

£759

North Wales

£945

£775

Scotland

£979

£829


Join & Leave at Hotel £649

 

Single Supplement £159

 

4 nights’ bed & breakfast

1 Brewer's 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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