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Steam & Heritage Diesel Train Rides

15th & 16th June - The Dinosaurs are coming!

Take a steam and/or heritage diesel train ride through the High Weald!
Enjoy a train ride with a steam locomotive and a heritage diesel between Tunbridge Wells West and Eridge, calling at High Rocks and Groombridge. You can sit back and relax letting the train take the strain, which is perfect on those damp rainy moments or bright sunny days!

Dinosaur Express – Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th June! – CLICK TO BOOK OR CHOOSE THE CORRECT DATES BELOW!
The dinosaurs, which roamed the earth over 66 million years ago are back, and they’re coming to the Spa Valley Railway this year with the help of Dinosaur Experiences!

With the help of their rangers, you can get up close and interact with a selection of life-like dinosaurs from giant to tiny at Tunbridge Wells West on the train as the dinosaurs mix with the steam and heritage diesels on board our 1960s carriages. A variety of dinosaurs, large and small will be appearing throughout the day between 10:00 and 16:30.

We'll be operating both steam and heritage diesel trains to our Green timetable through the High Weald. Did dinosaurs roam through the Weald all those years and years ago?

Dinosaur Appearances
Dinosaur appearances are around 20-minutes long and they’ll appear at Tunbridge Wells West and the baby dinosaurs will appear on the train!

Tickets are valid to travel on the trains all day on either 15th or 16th June and cost just:

Green Timetable
Our Green timetable operates regularly throughout the year. Click here for our Calendar

  Steam   Diesel Steam   Diesel   Steam
Tunbridge Wells West 10:15 11:30 12:55 14:10 15:35
High Rocks Halt * 10:22 11:37 13:02 14:17 15:42
Groombridge 10:31 11:46 13:11 14:26 15:51
Eridge 10:40 11:55 13:20 14:35 16:00
  Diesel Steam Diesel Steam Diesel
Eridge 10:50 12:05 13:30 14:45 16:10
Groombridge 11:01 12:16 13:41 14:56 16:21
High Rocks Halt * 11:08 12:23 13:48 15:03 16:28
Tunbridge Wells West 11:15 12:30 13:55 15:10 16:35

Purple Timetable
Our Purple timetable operates throughout the year and is formed of our historic Class 207 DEMU 1317 which was used on the line back in the days of British Rail. Click here for our Calendar

  1317  1317 1317   1317 
Tunbridge Wells West 10:45 12:00 13:45 15:00
Groombridge 11:01 12:16 14:01 15:16
Eridge 11:10 12:25 14:10 15:25
  1317 1317 1317 1317
Eridge 11:20 12:35 14:20 15:35
Groombridge 11:31 12:46 14:31 15:46
Tunbridge Wells West 11:45 13:00 14:45 16:00

*HIGH ROCKS HALT
Trains do not stop at High Rocks unless we have been informed they are open to the public. Please check HERE before you visit to ensure you can alight at the station.
 

What to see and do along the line?

Fares (NOT 15TH OR 16TH JUNE!) (Tickets are valid for travel ALL day!):

Fares(NOT 15TH OR 16TH JUNE!) (Valid for ONE return trip WITHOUT break of journey only)*:

*The above ONE return trip fares are discounted from our all day tickets and are for those just visiting for a quick ride along the line and would rather not spend all day with us - you may not break your journey. Other fares including one way trips to/from Tunbridge Wells West, High Rocks, Groombridge and Eridge are available from our ticket offices.

Tickets can be bought online in advance or are available on the day from our ticket offices at Tunbridge Wells West, Groombridge or Eridge. If you wish to start your journey at High Rocks you will need to purchase a ticket on the train. There is no reserved seating for tickets purchased online or on the day. 

If you book online, on the day of your visit you MUST have your eTickets available to show either in a print out or on a mobile device, either will be checked visually by a member of staff.

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Booking information

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

Tickets can be bought online in advance or are available on the day from our ticket offices at Tunbridge Wells West, Groombridge or Eridge. If you wish to start your journey at High Rocks you will need to purchase a ticket on the train. There is no reserved seating for tickets purchased online or on the day. 

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

Click here to view our refund, cancellation and alterations policy

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