UPDATE: 6th August 2020
- Steam Trains resume on Saturday 29th, Sunday 30th and Monday 31st August and continue throughout September and October. Click HERE for full details.
- Dining Trains resume on Saturday 29th August and will take place regularly throughout September. Click HERE for full range of products.
- Bulleid Pacific No. 34053 'Sir Keith Park' is becoming a permenant resident at the Spa Valley Railway, click HERE for full details.
- Our Kiosk at Groombridge is OPEN at weekends in August! Click HERE for full details.
We are intending to resume our train services on Saturday 22nd August with Class 207 DEMU 1317, this will then operate on Sunday 23rd August before we return Steam to the High Weald on the August Bank Holiday, 29th to 31st August.
At weekends throughout August, Groombridge Station and the Kiosk will BE OPEN from 09:30 to 16:00 for visitors to pop along to enjoy a drink or an ice cream on the station platform!
With the restrictions relaxing on lockdown, volunteers have been able to resume projects under the necessary Social Distancing guidance, this has included some progress on our Steam & Diesel locomotives (such as essential maintenance) and also work to make our yard track layout more flexible, this is increase our operational flexibility and make the arrival of 'Sir Keith Park' easier to manage from a positioning perspective.
Some of our pre-bookings and event webpages are now back online and we are offering three catering options once again during August and September. Click HERE for full details.
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Train Service Information:
We are intending to resume train services on Saturday 22nd August. Pease do not contact us by phone as we have no persons on site available to answer, we are a 100% volunteer organisation and are working from home answering emails daily so please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org, we will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.
We continue to patrol the railway stations and track between and remind all locals that the railway is not a public right of way and tresspassing is strictly prohibited. Railways are very hazardous places and even though trains to the general public aren't running this doesn't mean an inspection or vital maintenance train won't run. There is a large amount of CCTV hidden around our railway and it is recording and monitored 24/7. Anyone caught trespassing will have the footage passed to the Police. Last week people were caught by an inspection train on the tracks, do not come onto our property! Those that have been seen have been and will continue to be reported to Kent Police.
Please help to support the future of the Spa Valley Railway by DONATING to our COVID-19 Crisis Appeal. Please click HERE for full details.