Summer Diesel Gala

Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th August

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Our well known and extremely popular Summer Diesel Gala is back in 2018 with a Deltic!

Our annual and well known three-day Summer Diesel extravaganza, will commence at 09:30 on Friday 3rd August with a variety of locomotives in action over the three day event including the visit of a 'Deltic'! 

Courtesy of the Deltic Preservation Society Class 55 55019 'Royal Highland Fusilier' will be visiting the Spa Valley Railway in August 2018 and will star in our Summer Diesel Gala alongside our homefleet and hopefully some other visiting locomotives! Built to haul express passenger trains, such as the Flying Scotsman, the sight of a Deltic passing through the High Weald will be one to remember! 

Tickets for this event will go on sale much closer to the event with a 25% discount, they will also be available to buy on the day however the discount will not apply. 

The Locomotives/Units:
• Drewry 2591 'Southerham'
• Class 10 D3489 'Colonel Tomline'

• Class 33/0 33063 'R.J.Mitchell'
• Class 33/2 33201
• Class 55 55019 'Royal Highland Fusilier' – Courtesy of the Deltic Preservation Society
• Class 73 73140
• Class 207 DEMU 1317
• Class 421 3CIG 1497

All of the above locomotives/units are subject to availability.

Timetables
An intensive train service will apply all three days, the first trains on the Friday & Saturday connecting with the earlier Southern services arriving at Eridge. 

Fares
• Adult Day Rover - TBA
• Child Day Rover - TBA

Book online in advance prior to the 2nd August and save 25%, discount is applied at the checkout!

Driver for a Fiver
As with all our diesel events, you can have the opportunity to drive one of the locomotives for a short distance at either Tunbridge Wells West or Eridge, these will be available to book online in the Spring.

We do not offer any discounts at special events other than the one stated above, this includes reciprocal travel arrangements, HRA passes and we do not accept BR Privs.

At the Stations:
Tunbridge Wells West
• Our Buffet Car 'Emily' will be serving hot and cold drinks and light refreshments.
• Station shop stocking a large variety of diesel traction products, shop will close at approximately 16:30 - 17:30. 
• Driver for a Fiver and Brake Van Rides
• Miniature Cinema.

High Rocks
• Access to the famous High Rocks or Tea Garden Lane which can provide great photographic opportunities.
• High Rocks Inn and Garden.
• A great place to watch the trains from the Inns' garden.
• Note - not all trains call at High Rocks.

Groombridge
• Trains crossing throughout.
• Popular BBQ on the station!
• Lots of books on our bookstall under the canopy, grab a bargain.
• Photo opportunities from the station bridges.

Eridge
• Mainline connections with Southern services to Central London, East Croydon, Oxted and Uckfield.
• 'Driver for a Fiver' in Eridge Bay
• Catering outlet.

Friday & Saturday Evening Fish & Chip Dining Train
Two of our popular Fish & Chip Supper trains will be operating, one on Friday 3rd and one on Saturday 4th with top and tail diesel action to Eridge and return for three trips, a delightful menu of Cod & Chips, Sausage & Chips or Spring Roll & Chips are available followed by an Ice Cream dessert. Bookings can be made online now by clicking here. 

The Deltic will be on the Tunbridge Wells West end of the Saturday night trains.

 

Refreshments at our stations and on the train:
'Kate'
Our award winning on train bar will be open both days from first trains departure to the last trains arrival, this includes 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. 

As usual a real ale and cider bar will be set up in Kate for you to sample some locally sourced beverages. 

'Emily'
Our ex BIG TSO(RB) from unit No.2254 (Buffet Brighton, B for Buffet and IG the LB&SCR telegraphic code for Brighton) will be open both days serving pasties and sausage rolls as well as hot & cold drinks and light snacks.

Groombridge
Located on the station platform will be our small catering outlet serving hot & cold drinks and light refreshments. 
 
Eridge
Limited catering facilities will be available on the station.

Are you a locomotive or enthusiasts group and have a sales stand?
If you have a locomotive group sales stand and want the opportunity to raise much needed funds for your project then we are delighted to offer pitches for sales stands at our diesel galas. Just get in touch with our General Manager here and we’ll aim to slot you in, there is no charge for a pitch, we just ask for a donation of around £20.

Where to stay?
There are many places to stay in Tunbridge Wells West but we suggest you book in advance to make sure you can stay over and enjoy the whole weekend!
• Tunbridge Wells Bed and Breakfast - Click here
• The Lancers Bed & Breakfast - Click here
• The Brick House Bed & Breakfast - Click here
• Alconbury Guest House Bed and Breakfast - Click here
• Tunbridge Wells Travelodge - Click here - sells out fast and also the cheapest hotel. 
• Smith and Western, just accross the road from Tunbridge Wells West - Click here

The nearest campsites to the Spa Valley Railway can be found here, the campsite we run past is for Scout Groups only, not for the general public.

Being a very popular tourist destination, Royal Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding area can book up early throughout the year so don't delay, reserve your room today!

How to find us?
By car:
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. The station has a large Pay & DIsplay Car Park and currently at weekends is just £2 to park all day.

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

By train:
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.

 

 

Booking information

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.

For our full refund, cancellations and alterations please see here.

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