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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 and a selection of beers and ciders will be available for you to enjoy from our award winning bar car 'Kate' and at Eridge. 

Locomotives:

*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.

Coaches:

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 B.

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?! 

Timetable
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.

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Sat 21 Mar 2020
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