Southeast England Steam Railway Holiday
We meet at Haywards Heath about lunchtime and head straight to the Bluebell Railway for standard gauge Southern steam action. Loads of facilities here to keep us entertained before we move on to the fantastic Bentley Miniature railway. Here we find some of the friendliest folk in the land, operating 7 ¼ gauge, and it’s certain to be great fun. There are some lovely branch lines in this part of Kent so we finish the day off with the one to Uckfield, before arriving at our hotel. Tasty or wot!
This holiday gets better and better! We start things off with a visit to the very diminutive Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway. Time will be plentiful for exploration of the site which includes a model railway exhibition. Later we head across to the Elham Valley Line, Trust Museum and Countryside Centre for lunch and time to appreciate the railwayana here. Can’t be in Kent within visiting oldest collection of Battle of Britain artefacts in the land, the Kent Battle of Britain Museum. Feeling hungry? Well don’t worry as we are going to re visit to the RH&DR. Good this, because we are going to Dungeness for an early evening meal out of nuclear powered fish n’ chips. When replete we bomb back to our base in Tunbridge Wells.
A local attraction awaits this morning, The Spa Valley Railway. This lovely line features steam and diesel haulage and we will enjoy a full length run. 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 once again as we need to have a quick zip up and down on the Hastings Cliff Railway at Hastings before heading back to the hotel – wot a cracker of a day!
Now for something completely different! We are off this morning, to North Kent and Chatham Docks. Revitalised, this is an excellent maritime (obviously!) based museum with outstanding presentations spread over an extensive site. You can even get onto various boats and, even, into a submarine. We must get our daily dose of steam in so this afternoon we visit the Sittingbourne and Kemsley Steam Railway, the only one in Kent with a mural!
This is a day of variety and scenery as we drive down to Eastbourne and off to Beachy Head we 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 priceless models, then, an Inside Track special – the iconic and electrifying Volks Railway. Our homeward bound journeys will commence from Brighton mid-afternoon.