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Mid Hants Gala & IOW Steam Adventure

Heading to the fabled sunny south for a lovely tour of nostalgia combining a steam gala at one of the UK's best heritage lines with a short ferry crossing to the beautiful Isle of Wight and a journey along the IOW steam line aboard beautifully restored heritage coaches. Add a visit to a popular brewery with a couple of narrow-gauge lines for a relaxing early autumn tour.

View Dates & Book

5 days from £619

 

DEPARTS

Thursday 6 October 2022

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mid Hants Autumn Steam Gala

  • Steam charter at the 2’ gauge Old Kiln Light Railway

  • Hog Back Brewery tour & tasting

  • Cruise & train to Isle of Wight Steam Railway

  • An afternoon at the Amberley Museum & Railway

  • Steam charter at the 10.25" gauge South Downs Light Railway

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • 4 nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation plus 1 light evening meal with drinks

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

  • All excursions & admissions as detailed

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

DAY 1

After arrival and registering at our hotel we board our private coach for a first time visit to the
2' gauge Old Kiln Light Railway situated inside the Rural Life Living Museum (no admission). This short length of line is home to a plethora of diesel and steam locomotives from forests of Portugal to Welsh slate quarries. After our visit we reboard our coach for the short journey to the Hogs Back Brewery for a tour of the brewery that is housed in 18th century farm buildings followed by a taster and pizza social get together. We return to Guildford by coach where the evening is free to be enjoyed at leisure.

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DAY 2

Travelling by train from Guildford to Alton for a full day at the renowned Mid Hants Railway autumn steam gala event. Individual travel Network Rail and Mid Hants Day Rover tickets will be issued to give you full flexibility to enjoy this superb day steaming for 10 miles through beautiful Hampshire countryside from the interchange station at Alton over the 'Alps' to Alresford.

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DAY 3

Again travelling by train we head south from Guildford to Portsmouth Harbour where we board the traditional ferry taking us across the Solent to Ryde Pier on the Isle of Wight. We take the new Island Line stock to travel through to Smallbrook Junction. The railway is home to a stunning collection of Edwardian and Victorian coaching stock to be enjoyed as we take the 5 mile route to Wootton station. The headquarters of the line is at Haven Street between each terminus where the railway's locomotive and workshops are situated. After our visit we return to Guildford as outward for another evening at leisure.

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DAY 4

Today we have two first time Railtrail visits to enjoy. Initially travelling by coach to the 10¼ gauge South Downs Light Railway. Situated at a garden centre the route is approximately one mile long and we have arranged a private steam charter for our visit. Our afternoon visit is to the Amberley Museum. Set in a former chalk pits this 2 foot gauge operating line is just part of an eclectic transport collection including steam, petrol, diesel and electric locomotives of various gauges plus, a wonderful collection of buses from 1908 to 1938 owned by the Southdown Omnibus Trust and much more. After our afternoon visit, we return to our hotel for a final evening at leisure.

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DAY 5

Our relaxing and nostalgic tour of the 'sunny south' concludes as we bid farewell and travel homewards.

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B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

HOTELS

Travelodge, Guildford

This modern hotel is located 1.5 mile from Guildford Town Centre. The comfortable bedrooms have en-suite shower rooms, TV, free Wi-Fi and coffee & tea making facilities. The hotel has an on-site restaurant and bar where we will take our buffet style full English breakfast. Single travellers have sole occupancy of a double room.

 

FARES

Fare Region

First*

Standard

London: Waterloo

£675

£659

Greater London

£709

£679

South of England

£735

£699

East Anglia

£709

£685

South West

£815

£749

Heart of England

£715

£679

Midlands

£725

£699

Yorkshire

£819

£735

North East

£859

£759

North West

£899

£759

South Wales

£815

£749

North Wales

£835

£719

Scotland

£885

£769


*Please Note: Some local and regional train services are Standard Class seating only and First Class ticket holders will travel in standard class accommodation for these sections of their journey.

 

Join & Leave at Hotel £639

 

£20 discount for holders of National Railcards

 

Single occupancy of a double/twin room Supplement £135

 

  • 4 nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation plus 1 light evening meal with drinks

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

  • All excursions & admissions as detailed

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

Important – Please select the number of passengers before proceeding to ‘Book Now’

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