The Summer Steam Festival - West Kent's biggest gathering of road steam in 2017!
Visiting steam locomotive 'RING HAW'!
The Summer Steam Festival, now in its second year, is once again taking place on an early Summer weekend, 1st & 2nd July, and will be centred around Eridge Station. This is where the car park will play host to a variety of road steam engines and on a regular basis steam hauled passenger trains, also located at Eridge will be a small selection of real ales & ciders plus a BBQ. Not only that, for the first time in a number of years we're able to provide three steam locomotives to haul our trains, this includes visiting engine 'RING HAW' courtesy of the North Norfolk Railway.
In 2017 we will see at least 10 road steam engines on display, our event will be West Kent's biggest gathering of road steam this year! Our beautiful heritage railway will turn into a steam adventure with road, rail and miniature engines, model railways, vintage cars our events team and putting on a show for you.
As per the 2016 event entry to the festival at Eridge will either be by Spa Valley travel tickets or a separate festival only ticket, these tickets will go on sale in the Spring when we hope to provide more details of the steam road engines that are attending.
Saturday evening Fish & Chip supper:
In a change to our standard format, during our Summer Steam Festival your ticket will entitle you to travel on the 18:10 (tbc) train from Tunbridge Wells West to Eridge, upon arrival at Eridge you will be able to collect your supper from the catering outlet in the station carpark. This will also be the ideal time to grab yourselves a drink and enjoy the magnificent array of road steam engines on display!
It is planned to operate our Fish & Chip train with steam hauling in both directions, expect one of the locomotives to be visitor RING HAW!
You may remain at Eridge to enjoy the real ale bar or a tub of ice cream, alternatively you can return to the train for a ride up the line to Tunbridge Wells West, your ticket is valid for travel and entry to the steam festival throughout the evening so you can break your journey at anytime, just remember not to miss the last train up the line!
The Steam locomotives:
- Hunslet No.1982 'RING HAW' - Courtesy of the North Norfolk Railway
- RSH No.62 'UGLY'
- Vulcan Austerity No.72
The Road Engines, a selection of at least 10:
- Aveling & Porter and Aveling Barford
- Wallis Steevens Advance
- Ruston Hornsby
- Ruston Protractor (built 2014)
- Burrell Steam Rollers including those used to build the M1 motorway
- Showman’s engines used to power ‘Ol Tyme’ Fun FairsPlus many more!
At the Stations:
At Eridge there will be a fine selection of Steam road engines, this include Steam Rollers and Traction Engines, Vintage Cars and other vehicles on display in the station carpark, entrance to this is included for all those who purchase a Day Rover ticket or a fee can be paid on the gate and you can spend all day venturing around the site and getting up close to these magnificent machines!
Also available (at a small extra cost to ride) will be a visiting miniature railway. Compare the large with the small at Eridge, it certainly brings home how these magnificent machines work in the biggest or smallest of scales.
Real ale & cider bar also set up in the stations car park.
Our crossing point for trains, alight here for a selection of stationary engines, including those built to pump water, cut wood and just for show, there's a fine array for everyone to see. This splendid lineup comes courtesy of the Sussex & Kent Weald Stationary Engine Group.
For the families, why not purchase one of our joint tickets with Groombridge Place and alight here to visit the delightful estate, its just a 20 minute walk from the station!
Tunbridge Wells West
The terminus in the western part of the famous Spa town, the location of our Victorian Engine Shed where inside a selection of model railways will be on display. In the yard we hope to provide a miniature railway as per the 2016 event which proved very popular!
Our award winning on train bar car will be open on both days from the first trains departure to the last trains arrival, this includes the 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.
Our static buffet 'Emily', located at Tunbridge Wells West will be open both days of the event serving pasties and sausage rolls, as well as hot & cold drinks and light snacks.
Our popular BBQ, will once again be serving burgers and sausages all sourced from our local butchers in Hawkenbury. There'll also be a selection of real ales and ciders in the station carpark.
Getting to our Summer Steam Festival:
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.
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
There will be limited parking at Eridge as the carpark is closed for our Summer Steam Festival.
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.
If you select an e-ticket please ensure you print it off and bring it with you on the day.
Note that a £10 admin fee applies to all booking alterations. Seats are NOT guaranteed.