AboutBritain.com Logo

Kent and East Sussex Railway



Click Photo for Slideshow


Although the railway had become part of the lifeblood of this charming rural area, economic pressures forced British Railways to withdraw the passenger service in 1954. Goods traffic continued to use the line until 1961, but then it too stopped and the railway fell silent.

This couldn't be allowed to carry on for long. Volunteers quickly got together and, in 1974, re-opened a section of the line. Their enthusiasm continued and in 2000 the railway was re-opened to Bodiam Castle - one of the National Trust's favourite tourist attractions.

The railway now runs for almost 11 miles, making it one of the longest such lines in the UK. One day it might be extended further still - to Robertsbridge in East Sussex. Today visitors can enjoy what is essentially a living and moving museum.

Three of the line's present fleet of a dozen engines plied the railway prior to its closure. Other working engines include ex-army, industrial, American and Norwegian locomotives.

The beautifully restored carriages are similarly historic, dating from Victorian times to the 1960s. And you can see restored stations and signal boxes too. Tenterden Town Station, moreover, is home to the Colonel Stephens Railway Museum, which tells the fascinating tale of the man who built and ran the K&ESR - as well as, astoundingly, 17 other independent railways.

All in all the K&ESR offers a superb day out, with the nostalgia of the days of steam and the enjoyment of travelling at the sedate pace of yesteryear.

General Information:
  • Dining Car service available (booking essential)
  • On-train catering available, i.e. Cream Teas, Ploughman's Lunches
  • Evening Fish & Chip Suppers
  • A full annual programme of special events
  • Parking for the disabled at Northiam and Tenterden Stations
  • Many trains include a carriage with ramped access (telephone for details)

    Share this article




  • Directions

    Free car parking at Tenterden and Northiam stations, both of which are situated on the main A28 between Ashford and Hastings.

    Location information on Kent and East Sussex Railway website.

    Kent and East Sussex Railway Postcode for SatNav: TN30 6HE

    Contact

     
    Tel:
    +44 (0)1580 765 155
    +44 (0)1580 762943 (Talking Timetable)
    Email:
    Web:


    Tenterden Town Station
    Tenterden
    Kent
    TN30 6HE










    Things To Do near Kent and East Sussex Railway



    Places to Visit near Kent and East Sussex Railway



    Also near Kent and East Sussex Railway


    Bed and Breakfast:
     
     2 Miles
     
     3 Miles
     
     4 Miles
     
    Self Catering:
     
     1 Mile
     
     3 Miles
     
     5 Miles
     
    Campsites:
     
     8 Miles
     
     9 Miles
     
     9 Miles
     


    Copyright © 1999-2017 Excelsior Information Systems Ltd. All rights reserved.
    About Us  Press Room  Terms of Use  Privacy  Link to Us  Index  Site Map  Contact Us

    Made with Responsive Grid System by Graham Miller