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Spa Valley Railway - 25th Anniversary Gala!

26th, 27th, 28th & 29th August 2022

We're celebrating 25yrs of our railway running trains from Tunbridge Wells West back through the High Weald! 

25 years ago, in August 1997, the Spa Valley Railway opened the line to Groombridge. This was following a period from late December 1996 and also from March to August 1997 where we operated a shuttle train over 3/4 mile of track from Tunbridge Wells West to Cold Bath Bridge.On Saturday 23rd August 1997 the line re-opened the 3 1/2 miles to Groombridge Station. Over the past 20yrs the Spa Valley Railway has grown into Tunbridge Wells' biggest tourist attraction and is often described as the South East's friendliest railway! In the years that followed from our opening to Groombridge we have achieved many things - our line was extended to Birchden Junction in 2004 and then on to Eridge in March 2011. 

We've become home to a wonderful fleet of Steam & Heritage Diesel Locomotives, including Battle of Britain No. 34053 'Sir Keith Park', a 1876 built Steam engine known as Terrier 'Sutton' and also the train which closed our line in 1985, 'Thumper' 1317. 

We would not exist today without the dedicated volunteers that make up our wonderful railway so come along and join us over our four day event in August 2022 as we celebrate 25yrs of running trains!

Further details to follow in the Spring!

Book tickets

Fri 26 Aug 2022
Open Day Event departing from: Travel All Day, Any Train!
Sat 27 Aug 2022
Open Day Event departing from: Travel All Day, Any Train!
Sun 28 Aug 2022
Open Day Event departing from: Travel All Day, Any Train!
Mon 29 Aug 2022
Open Day Event departing from: Travel All Day, Any Train!

Booking information

On the day of your visit you MUST have your eTickets available to show either in a print out or on a mobile device, both will be checked visually by a member of staff before boarding the train.

Note that a £10 admin fee applies to all booking alterations.

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