Southeast England Steam Railway Holiday
Monday, 24th May 2021
- Rustic steam at the Bluebell Railway
- Maritime heritage at Chatham Dockyard
- Our “local” railway, the Spa Valley from TW
- Narrow gauge fun at the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway
- The cliff railways of Hastings
- An electrifying railway on Brighton beach
We meet at Haywards Heath about lunchtime and head to the Bluebell Railway for southern steam action. Lots here to keep us entertained before we move on to the Bentley Miniature Railway and some of the friendliest folk in the land. There are some lovely branch lines in this part of Kent, so we finish the day off with the one to Uckfield.
This holiday gets better and better! We start off at the diminutive Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway where there’s time to explore the site and model railway exhibition. Lunchtime is among railwayana at the Elham Valley Line Trust Museum before a Kent “must do”, the awesome Battle of Britain Museum. Then, more RH&D action follows as we re-visit the railway and steam to Dungeness for an early evening meal out of the finest nuclear-powered fish n’ chips.
A local attraction awaits this morning, The Spa Valley Railway. This lovely line features steam and diesel haulage amid country scenes. Another major railway awaits, the Kent & East Sussex, running between Tenterden and Bodiam (castle views!). Loads to do during our time here but we must press on again as we need to have a quick zip up and down on the Hastings Cliff Railway – a cracker of a day!
Now for something different! We are off this morning to North Kent and Chatham Docks. This is an excellent maritime (obviously!) based museum with outstanding presentations spread over an extensive site. You can climb aboard various boats and, even, into a submarine. For our daily dose of steam, we visit the Sittingbourne and Kemsley Railway, the only one in Kent with a mural!
A day of variety and scenery as we drive to Eastbourne and on to Beachy Head – iconic “down south” – then another branch line, Newhaven to Brighton. Two diverse attractions here, the Brighton Toy & Model Museum, an absolute treasure trove of nostalgia, and the iconic and electrifying Volks Railway. Homeward bound journeys commence from Brighton mid-afternoon.
- All heritage railway rides
- All public transport journeys, in standard class accommodation
- Private coach transfers throughout the holiday
- All entrances
- Detailed itinerary/information pack
- Services of courier throughout
- Hotel accommodation on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis
- One evening meal out
What's not Included
- Travel to/from the holiday start point
- Personal holiday insurance
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