All aboard for an experience to remember

The South East of England can call home to many railways attractions as it boasts an enviable mix of railway experiences suitable for enthusiasts, groups, and families.

You can discover the history behind steam locomotives told by passionate and knowledgeable volunteers while experiencing some of the most hidden and beautiful parts of the country.

Don’t forget to look out for many special events and dining experiences taking place aboard many of the trains.

At Christmas time the popular Santa specials fill up fast so book early to avoid disappointment.

We suggest you sample some of the regions finest railway journeys which include the famous Bluebell Railway. The volunteer-run Bluebell Line was the UK's first preserved standard gauge passenger railway, re-opening part of the Lewes to East Grinstead line of the old London Brighton & South Coast Railway in 1960.

Since then it has developed into one of the largest tourist attractions in Sussex, yet it still remains true to its objectives of the preservation for posterity of a country branch line.

Inspiring, surprising, and award-winning any visit to The Isle of Wight Steam Railway will charm, engage and captivate, leaving you with some lasting memories of a special day out.

If you are heading to Oxfordshire make sure you make time for the Didcot Railway Centre.

Where you can travel back in time to the golden age of the Great Western Railway and savour the sights, sounds and smells of steam as you explore this 21-acre living museum with trains dating from Victorian times to the 1960’s

Looking for an adventure? For a truly memorable one - whatever the weather – climb aboard a heritage steam or diesel train along the 10½ miles of the Kent & East Sussex Railway (K&ESR).

The Kent & East Sussex Railway will be celebrating a very special birthday next year (2024): 50 years since it ran its first passenger services as a heritage railway. The railway will be holding celebrations throughout the 2024 season, including a special recreation of the inaugural train services that transported the first passengers in 1974. Additionally, there will be an anniversary Gala scheduled during the early summer months. Full details will be published in due course on the railway’s website.

The journey time between Tenterden and Bodiam is around 50 minutes each way so sit back in comfort to ride through unspoilt Wealden countryside from Tenterden Town station, finishing in sight of the magnificent Bodiam castle.

No need to pack refreshments: you can pre-book this over the phone when you book your tickets.

There is always plenty to see and do at Tenterden station, including visiting the Railway Museum telling the story of Colonel Stephens or exploring the model railway room Tea Room and gift shop.

website www.kesr.org.uk 01580 765155