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Southern & Scottish Diesels & Electrics Day!

Thursday 1st August

Step back into the 1980s with our Southern Diesels & Electrics day!
The Spa Valley Railway boasts quite a fleet of original Southern Diesel & Electric locomotives and units, many work regularly throughout the year but this Summer we're show casing them on an intensive timetable as we take you back to the 1980s when these now historic trains were once common sight all over the Southern region! Making a visit to the South East to cover for a shortage of Southern locos is Class 27 27001, it wasn't too uncommon for 'off region' locos to appear on the Southern although a Class 27 wasn't a usually a class seen!

Starting at 09:30 and continuing until around 18:00 we are turning the 5 mile Spa Valley line into an intensive part of the Southern Region network, Groombridge becomes a busy interchange station with terminating and through trains whilst Eridge and Tunbridge Wells West see trains arriving into both platforms before departing once again.

Our most intensive timetable has been produced and is now available to download below!



Southern Diesels & Electrics Day is the first time we've operated a day dedicated purely to our Southern region stock, all carrying liveries from the 1980s. Visiting Class 27 27001 is making its way all the way down from Scotland to feature in our Summer Diesel Gala and takes the place of 33201 that will be under repair. It was not uncommon in the days of British Rail to see locomotives away from their regular routes and regions! We are very grateful to the Class 27 Loco Group, Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway/SRPS for the visit of 27001 to our railway.

Fares (we're keeping it cheap for the Kids this Summer holiday!)

Yes that is right, all Kids travel for £1.00 when accompanied by a full fare paying adult, so a family is just £32, £2 more than normal! Not bad for a day out in the High Weald with an intensive timetable and some real classic Southern traction!

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All tickets are valid unlimited travel on the Spa Valley Railway on the day of your visit/date shown on ticket. 

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