The Rare Track Excursion

Thursday 2nd August

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The extremely popular 'Rare Track Excursion' is back for the 2018 Summer Diesel Gala!

In 2014, 15 & 16 we ran some very popular tours of the railway using some of our shunting locomotives or not so frequently used bigger locomotives to visit areas of the line not usually open to the public. In the case of the 'Ashurst Spur', this will be the last time a train ever operates on them for the public to travel on.

For 2018 we are returning the 'Rare Track Excursion' to our calendar but this time to visit as many of the unusual places in one go! We are planning to use our Queen Mary Brake Van for this novel experience with spaces limited to 20 persons at the present time.

Provisionally the excursion will depart Tunbridge Wells West at 12:45, this is subject to change and customers will be advised by email closer to the time should timings for the running of this service change.

These will include:
• Tunbridge Wells West yard, as many vacant roads as possible or the yard throat.
• Tunbridge Wells West East/West Sidings & Headshunt.
• Groombridge No. 1 & No. 2 carriage sidings, aka the Ashurst Up and Down Spur (FOR THE LAST TIME EVER!)
• Groombridge Engineers Siding, as much of as is available.
• Eridge Platform 3.
• Stub of track to the South of Eridge.
• The route will also include both the Up & Down Loops at Groombridge and the Up Loop departing towards Eridge in the 'wrong' direction.

Locomotives:
• Drewry 2591 'Southerham'
• Class 10 D3489 'Colonel Tomline'
• Class 73 73140

Fares:
• Adult Rare Track Excursion: £15.00
• Adult RTE + Class 33 RD Rover: £27.00

This experience is not suitable for persons under the age of 16.

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