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Spring Steam Weekend 'Industrial Power!'

A weekend dedicated to steam, with both our engines in use!

As part of the Spa Valley Railways 20th Anniversary celebrations during 2017, we welcome back our Spring Steam event, with two of our home fleet locomotives!

During the course of the weekend there will be an intense passenger service running between Tunbridge Wells West and Eridge, with a goods train in operation between Tunbridge Wells West and Groombridge, which will have our Queen Mary brake van in the formation offering brake van rides.
All trains throughout the weekend will be steam hauled!
Locomotive lineup:
  • RSH 'UGLY' No.62
  • Vulcan Austerity No.72
  • Class 10 D3489 'Colonel Tomline' - shunt loco at Eridge
Timetables available to download, click here.

Saturday 22nd April - Curry Express! SOLD OUT!
We are operating one of our popular Curry Express trains on Saturday 22nd April during our Spring Steam Weekend! For the all inclusive price of just £15 per adult or £7.50 per child you can enjoy two return trips to Eridge and a freshly prepared curry courtesy of our friends at the Raj Pavilion. Our heritage train on the evening will be hauled by steam throughout with our on train bar 'Kate' stocking plenty of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages including Cobra Beer, the perfect drink to accompany a delicious curry! 
The menu:
  • Portion of Chicken Tikka Masala/Medium Lamb Curry
  • Pilau Rice
  • Nann
A vegetarian option is available, please specify at the time of booking, there is no gluten free option on this service.

TICKET PRICES
  • Adult Day Rover - £15.00
  • Child Day Rover - £7.50
  • Adult Two Day Rover - £25.00
  • Child Two Day Rover - £12.50
We do not offer any discounts at special events, this includes reciprocal travel arrangements, HRA passes and we do not accept BR Privs. 

AT THE STATIONS
Tunbridge Wells West
  • Our Buffet Car 'Emily' will be serving hot and cold drinks and light refreshments.
  • 'Driver for a Tenner' or Brake Van rides to the East/West Siding from our platform and return.
  • Viewing gallery at the end of the main platform.
  • Station shop stocking a large variety of steam themed products.
High Rocks
  • Access to the famous High Rocks or Tea Garden Lane which can provide great photographic opportunities.
  • High Rocks Inn and Garden.
  • A great place to watch the trains from the Inns' garden.
  • Note - not all trains call at High Rocks.
Groombridge
  • Trains crossing throughout.
  • Lots of books on our bookstall under the canopy, grab a bargain.
  • Photo opportunities from the station bridges.
  • Our signal box in action.
Eridge
  • Mainline connections with Southern services to Central London, East Croydon, Oxted and Uckfield.
  • 'Driver for a Fiver' in Eridge Bay.
  • Shunt releasing with the Class 10 locomotive. 

REFRESHMENTS
'Kate'
Our award winning on train bar will be open both days from first trains departure to the last trains arrival, this includes Saturday evening trains. 'Kate' will be open for the sale of real ale and cider, sandwiches, crisps, biscuits and other light refreshments during the day.
The real ales, sourced from the Old Dairy Brewery:
  • Red Top - 3.8%
  • Spring Top - 4.0%
Ciders, sourced from Kent Cider:
  • Spiced - 5.0%
  • Vim Top - 5.5%
'Emily'
Our buffet car will be open both days serving pasties and sausage rolls as well as hot & cold drinks and light snacks.
Groombridge
Located on the station platform will be our small catering outlet serving hot & cold drinks and light refreshments. 
Eridge
The Waiting Room on Platform 2/3 you'll find a small catering trolley with hot & cold drinks along with light refreshments. 

LOCAL ACCOMMODATION
There are many places to stay in Tunbridge Wells West but we suggest you book in advance to make sure you can stay over and enjoy the whole weekend!
  • Tunbridge Wells Bed and Breakfast - Click here
  • The Lancers Bed & Breakfast - Click here
  • The Brick House Bed & Breakfast - Click here
  • Alconbury Guest House Bed and Breakfast - Click here
  • Tunbridge Wells Travelodge - Click here - sells out fast and also the cheapest hotel. 
  • Smith and Western, just accross the road from Tunbridge Wells West - Click here
The nearest campsites to the Spa Valley Railway can be found here, the campsite we run past is for Scout Groups only, not for the general public.
Being a very popular tourist destination, Royal Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding area can book up early throughout the year so don't delay, reserve your room today!

GETTING TO OUR INTO SPRING STEAM WEEKEND
BY ROAD
The railway's Tunbridge Wells West address is: West Station, Neville Terrace, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 5QY and we can be located at the Western end of the town by Sainsbury's and Homebase. Brown tourist signs in the area will assist in guidance and there are two Pay & Display Car Parks within 5-10 minutes’ walk of Tunbridge Wells West Station located at Union House, Linden Close and Major York's Road. 
Eridge Station can be accessed off of the main A26 Tunbridge Wells to Lewes Road. The station has a large Pay & DIsplay Car Park and currently at weekends is just £2 to park all day.
There is very limited parking at Groombridge Station. High Rocks Station has a large free car park and signage is available from Tunbridge Wells to the Rocks themselves.
For Sat Navs the railway is located at the following post codes:
  • Tunbridge Wells West: TN2 5QY
  • 
High Rocks: TN3 9JJ

  • Groombridge: TN3 9RD

  • Eridge: TN3 9LE

BY RAIL
The easiest station you can get to us via rail travel is Eridge where our trains depart from Platform 2 or you can arrive via Tunbridge Wells Mainline after a 10-15 minute walk down the town through the very famous Pantiles. Please check National Rail Enquiries before travelling.