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Spring Diesel & Beer Weekend!

Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd March 2020

Join us for our first enthusiast event of the 2020 season where our heritage diesels, including visiting Class 20 D8188, take to the stage for two days of diesel filled action.

Our resident fleet will be joined, subject to successful test runs following lengthy maintenance and a period of of traffic by Class 20 D8188 courtesy of the Somerset & Dorset Loco Co. Ltd. The 1000Hp BR Green Bo-Bo will arrive by road from the Midlands and will be the 5th member of the class to operate on the Spa Valley Railway, others being 20118, 20110, D8098 and D8059, the latter also owned by the Somerset & Dorset Loco Co. Ltd.

Our popular two train service at 45-minute intervals will be in action, including a brake van ride to Eridge on the Saturday morning, plus a selection of beers and ciders will be available for you to enjoy from our award winning bar car 'Kate' and at Eridge, whilst stocks last!

Day Rover tickets are valid ALL day so if you travel on the Saturday you can ride the trains from the start to the end which includes travelling on the evening Fish & Chip/Ales on Rails trains for no extra cost, the only catch is food and drink aren't included!


*Please note that D8188's appearance is subject to successful test runs after a lengthy period of maintenance work, these test runs will be undertaken at its current base at the Midland Railway. Once confirmed successful then the loco will likely makes its way by road to the Spa Valley. All of the locomotives and units listed above are subject to availability and the Spa Valley Railway reserves the right make changes to the locos/units line up without prior warning however we will always endeavour where possible to communicate in advance any changes.


Real Ales and Ciders:

There will be a range of Beers and Ciders available on board the train with 'Kate' shown as Set A in the timetable and in the Waiting Room at Eridge.

Real Ales in Kate:

Ciders in Kate:

Real Ales at Eridge:

Ciders at Eridge:

Please note, this is not the same scale as the CAMRA Real Ale & Cider Festival in October and there will be no bars at Tunbridge Wells West, Groombridge or on Set CIG.

Fish & Chip Supper
On Saturday 21st March, we're running one of our popular Fish & Chip Supper trains, this is either a seperate stand alone ticket, valid from 19:00 on the day or you can buy a combined Day Rover and Fish & Chip Supper ticket via this link here. It is just £25 to buy a combined ticket which is all day travel plus an evening meal delivered to you at a selected table! It is otherwise if purchased as a stand alone product £15 so a saving of £5 when combining the two tickets otherwise! Book now via our website.

You do not have to buy an extra ticket to just travel on the evening trains, this is included in your Day Rover tickets.

Evening services will be hauled by Class 20 D8188 at the Tunbridge Wells end and Class 31/4 31430 'Sister Dora' at the Eridge end.

Ales on Rails
It wouldn't be a Diesel event without the evening beer trains, the visiting Class 20 and resident Class 31 are the two locos to power the trains into the evening and you can join us on board for just £10 and enjoy the fine selection of real ales (and ciders!) we have on offer and your first pint is free! Book now via our website

You do not have to buy an extra ticket to just travel on the evening trains, this is included in your Day Rover tickets.

Driver for a Tenner
Available shortly will be Driver for a Tenner on all locomotives at Eridge and Tunbridge Wells West, have a go at driving one of these powerful machines a short distance, you never know, it might just be the drive you need to get your volunteering started at the Spa Valley Railway?! 

Tunbridge Wells West Departures: Saturday 09:30, 10:00 and then every 45 minutes until 21:15. Sunday 10:00 and then every 45 minutes until 16:45.
Eridge Departures: Saturday 10:00 and then every 45 minutes until 21:15 and then the last departure is 21:50. Sunday 10:45 and then every 45 minutes until 16:45 and then last departure is 17:20.

Booking information

If you select an e-ticket please ensure you print it off and bring it with you on the day! All tickets are valid unlimited travel on the Spa Valley Railway on the day of your visit/date shown on ticket. 

Note that a £10 admin fee applies to all booking alterations. Seats are NOT guaranteed.

Click here to view our refund, cancellation and alterations policy

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