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South Devon 1940s Festival 4th and 5th July 2020 Once a year the South Devon Railway is transported back to the 1940s for the South Devon 1940s Festival. The show has grown and developed greatly and now boasts a large amount of displays, vehicles, trade stands, entertainment and atmosphere that you won't find anywhere else! A fun filled day out that will transport you back to the 40s.

Ale Trail Saturday/Sunday 4/5 July 2020 Our annual beer and cider festival will return on the weekend of Saturday and Sunday 4 and 5 July 2020 , with a variety of styles of beers and ciders available over the weekend.Check back here nearer the time for full details. We'll be running our blue service, with departures from Page's Park every hour from 1030 until 1530. On the Saturday, there will also be extra evening departures at 1630 and 1730 from Page's Park (1725 and 1815 from Stonehenge Works) to allow for some early-evening drinking. The Engine Shed Bar at Page's Park will provide an indoor seating area where customers can enjoy a pint in the vicinity of vintage steam engines, while the Top Yard Beer Tent at Stonehenge Works offers an outdoor viewing point to observe (and hear) departing service trains and our collection of internal combustion locomotives.

Classic Bus Rally Toddington's 13th Bus Rally - 5th July 2020 Welcome to the 2020 GWSR Classic Bus Rally web page. This year's bus rally will be on the first Sunday of July and will follow a similar format to previous years with up to 40 buses attending and running regular trips for visitors. We will be operating three trains in service on a Green timetable. THE EVENT The buses will be on display in Toddington car park between about 10.00 and 16.00 on the day. Some of them will be operating a frequent bus service from Toddington on a tour of the local countryside, as we are unable to run to Broadway due to a weak bridge. You get such a wider view of the countryside from a bus, even a single deck one, rather than sitting in a car - it's often a new experience for your children & grand-children - whichever outing you take! If you enjoyed your bus journey, your appreciation can be shown by any donation put into collection boxes on the buses and help towards the upkeep of these superb samples of our transport heritage or support their owners' nominated charity.

Vintage Bus Days Free vintage bus ride around Alresford On the first Sunday of the month from May to October a FREE vintage bus service operates from Alresford Station. You do not need to purchase a train ticket to ride this service. The vintage bus leaves Alresford Station on a circular route through Bishop's Sutton at the following times on a trip lasting 20 minutes: 11.30 12.00 12.30 13.00 13.30 then 14.30 15.00 15.30 16.00 Unfortunately, due to their age these buses do not have provision for wheelchairs. This vintage bus service is operated by the Medstead Depot Omnibus Group, who are one of three groups under the Working Omnibus Museum Project Ltd, and their buses frequently visit running days and rallies around the South. MDOG is part of a charity established in the late 1980's which provides a storage depot for 18 vintage buses originally running bus services in the south of England. The buses are owned and maintained by individuals or small groups.

Steam & Beer It's Steam & Beer time again on 4-5th July a wide selection of real ales and ciders from across the UK will be available - while stocks last. Live music on Saturday and family fun on Sunday. Timetable All passengers must buy their tickets and board the train from Sittingbourne Viaduct station, there will be no entry at Kemsley Down. Each journey takes around 15 mins. The beer tent is at Kemsley Down. A downloadable version of the timetable for each day is available below. Saturday: Trains will run from 11am until late. You may download a copy of the timetable here closer to the time. Food available all day from the Footplate cafe. In addition BBQ from 12 midday. There will be live music - further details will appear here nearer the time. Sunday: Trains will run from 11am until 5pm. The timetable may be downloaded here closer to the time. There will be lots of pirate family fun with Captain Jack Sparrow.

The Dalesman STEAM ON THE SETTLE TO CARLISLE LINE Running from 28th April until 8th September 2020 Choice of two journeys To Carlisle from York, via the Settle to Carlisle line (steam from Hellifield): Running on 28th April, 26th May, 23rd June, 7th & 21st July, 4th & 18th August, 1st September 2020 - Departing from York, Normanton, Wakefield Kirkgate, Leeds (Central Station) and Skipton View Journey To Carlisle from Chester. Outbound journey via the West Coast Mainline, with steam from Carnforth. The return jouney is via the Settle to Carlisle line, with steam to Preston): Running on 12th May, 9th & 30th June, 14th & 28th July, 11th & 25th August, 8th September 2020 - Departing from Chester, Frodsham, Warrington Bank Quay, Wigan Leyland and Preston View Journey From the comfort of your seat in some of the oldest working carriages in operation today, your adventure begins! Some of these carriages served throughout the golden age of rail, some featured in the Harry Potter movies and have all been lovingly restored. These traditional carriages will be hauled by diesel for the first part of the journey, then from Hellifield/Carnforth the steam engine pulls the train to Carlisle. The train stops in historic border city of Carlisle in Cumbria for a break of around 2 hours. Stroll between the Castle and Cathedral or perhaps visit the famous Tullie House Museum - you will be surrounded by great places to shop, eat or be entertained, the perfect way to spend an afternoon. The return trip is via the Settle to Carlisle line, England's most scenic railway. THE SETTLE TO CARLISLE LINE First opening to passengers in 1876, the Settle - Carlisle line takes in 20 viaducts, 14 tunnels and countless beautiful vistas along its 72 mile track. This historic line travels across the stunning Pennine hills, showcasing the English countryside at its best. STEAM On the trip departing from Chester: Outbound Journey: From Carnforth one of the oldest steam engines in service today will take over, for the stunning journey to Carlisle line along the West Coast Mainline. Return Journey: It is steam all the way to Preston via the famous Settle to Carlisle line. This alone is a sight to behold as the engine builds up sufficient steam for the highlight of your journey on the famous Settle to Carlisle line. On the trip departing from York: From Hellifield one of the oldest steam engines in service today will take over, this alone is a sight to behold as the engine builds up sufficient steam for the highlight of your journey on the famous Settle to Carlisle line.

The Sunset Steam Express London Victoria - Surrey Hills - London Victoria Join us for a round trip through the Surrey Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The grandeur and beauty of these hills embrace an amazing variety of countryside from rolling chalk downs and flower rich grasslands, to acid heaths and woodlands.

The End of Southern Steam Thursday 9th July 2020 This day trip by steam train provides a unique opportunity to visit the Yeovil Railway Centre and the popular seaside resort of Weymouth for the afternoon. This special train to mark the anniversary of the end of Southern steam will be hauled by a powerful ex-Southern Railway Pacific type steam locomotive from Waterloo to Yeovil. We continue to Weymouth diesel hauled before our steam locomotive hauls us back to London via Bournemouth. Our train leaves London Waterloo station at around 08:45 behind our splendid steam locomotive, 35018 British India Line. We pass through Clapham Junction, and continue along the South Western Main Line (SWML) with fast running expected from our steam locomotive, and then stop for further passengers at Woking and Basingstoke. From Worting Junction we take the West of England Main Line to Andover and Salisbury. At Wilton Junction the line becomes single track. We cross the edge of Salisbury Plain and pass through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at Tisbury and Gillingham in Dorset. We cross Gillingham Viaduct and pass through Buckhorn Weston Tunnel before Templecombe, where once the iconic Somerset & Dorset Railway passed beneath our line. Travelling westwards through north west Dorset we pass through Sherborne, one of the most beautiful towns in England, before continuing with the train to Yeovil Junction where the steam locomotive will be serviced at Yeovil Railway Centre. Our train leaves Yeovil Junction, hauled by a diesel locomotive, and runs southwards through Maiden Newton towards Dorchester and the large seaside resort of Weymouth. There will be a break here to visit the town, with its many attractions and restaurants, before we return to London Waterloo steam hauled. Our return route will be via Bournemouth, Southampton and Eastleigh back to Basingstoke and Woking to set down passengers, followed by journey's end at London Waterloo.

The Scarborough Spa Express Travel coast to coast across spectacular Lancashire and Yorkshire landscapes from Carnforth, to York or Scarborough. Choice of two journeys To York or Scarborough Via Skipton and Leeds: Running Thursdays on 18th June, 9th and 23rd July, 6th and 20th August and 3rd September 2020 - Departing from Carnforth, Hellifield, Skipton, Keighley, Shipley, Woodlesford (Leeds) and York. View Journey To York or Scarborough Via Preston and Wakefield: Running Thursdays on 25th June, 16th and 30th July, 13th and 27th August 2020 - Departing from Carnforth, Lancaster, Preston, Blackburn, Hebden Bridge, Brighouse, Wakefield KG and York. View Journey Join us for a scenic tour which combines a truly wonderful journey in traditional carriages across Lancashire and the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. Enjoy the evocative smells and sounds of steam haulage from York and the beautiful scenery of North Yorkshire to the East Coast. From the comfort of your seat in some of the oldest working carriages in operation today, your adventure begins! Some of these carriages served throughout the golden age of rail and some even featured in the Harry Potter movies and have all been lovingly restored. These traditional carriages will be hauled by diesel from Carnforth for the first part of the journey, then from York we pick up a steam engine taking us to Scarborough on a memorable journey. scarborough spa scarborough spa Due to the high demand for seats last year we are once more offering passengers the chance to travel from the West Coast of Britain en route to historic York then across North Yorkshire to the Spa town of Scarborough on the East Coast. Vintage Mark I and II carriages pull out of Carnforth on two routes, collecting passengers at various pick up stations. Arriving in York we pick up one of the oldest Steam engines in the world and continue by steam across North Yorkshire to Scarborough, where we have around three hours to enjoy and explore. Alternatively passengers may choose at alight at York and discover the many attractions of this historical, walled city. On the return journey, we leave Scarborough again by steam heading towards York before continuing on the same route, calling at the same stations before arriving back in Carnforth.

Travel Back in Time 10th July 2020 Come and celebrate our 30th Birthday and travel at same fares when we first opened We will operate Travel Back in time on Friday 10th July, our actual anniversary of opening where two Romney locos will be visiting and in action as well as all available BVR engines. 1990 fares will apply.

The Cumbrian Mountain Express Saturday 11th July 2020 The Cumbrian Mountain Express provides a wonderful opportunity to get out and about during the summer and autumn months. The Cumbrian Mountain Express provides a wonderful opportunity to get out and about during the summer and autumn months, with the added bonus of steam haulage over the Northern Fells, including the spectacular Settle & Carlisle Railway. We have a high speed journey down the West Coast Main Line to Carnforth, hauled by a blue class 86 electric locomotive. We leave London Euston at around 07:10 with electric traction, and speed north along the West Coast Main Line (WCML). We stop to pick up passengers at Milton Keynes (where passengers from Watford Junction join by service train), Rugby (where passengers from Northampton join by service train), Nuneaton and Crewe. We continue north along the WCML to Preston, our final stop to pick up passengers. We pass through Lancaster and along the edge of Morecambe Bay before we arrive at Carnforth. Here, we will change over our electric locomotive for today's steam locomotive, taken from the Carnforth pool. Leaving Carnforth, we pass the Brief Encounter cafe and commence the climb of our first severe gradient up to Grayrigg. We then travel through the beautiful Lune Gorge to Tebay, gaining speed for the ascent to Shap. This well-known section of the WCML has a gradient of 1 in 75 and in the former days of steam locomotives banking engines from Tebay were often used to assist trains. After crossing the Cumbrian Fells we descend to Penrith, and then head for Carlisle. There will be time available in Carlisle to explore this ancient city with its cathedral and castle, plus an assortment of shops and cafes. We leave Carlisle and join the Settle & Carlisle Railway, one of the most well known and best loved stretches of railway line in Britain. We soon begin climbing, and then at Appleby, we stop for our steam locomotive to take on water. The climbing continues through scenic Kirkby Stephen towards the highest railway summit in England at Ais Gill, 1169 feet above sea level. We pass over high viaducts, including the famous one at Ribblehead, and through many tunnels. There are magnificent views across the Fells and to the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. We should have a fast run out of the hills, through Settle, until we stop again for our locomotive to take on water. Our journey continues through Hellifield and Clitheroe to Preston where we say goodbye to our steam locomotive. We pass though Wigan and Warrington en route to Crewe hauled by our blue class 86 electric locomotive with a fast run to London expected. We stop at the same stations as on the outward journey to set down passengers. Premier Dining not applicable from Preston. *Passengers from Watford Junction will travel to Milton Keynes by service train to join our train. **Passengers from Northampton will travel to and from Rugby by service train to join our train.

30th Anniversary Gala 11th & 12th July 2020 Celebrating our 30th Birithday with intensive timetable and visiting engines Celebrating our 30th Birithday with intensive timetable and visiting engines. We will be operating an intensive timetable for our birthday weekend where two Romney locos will be visiting and in action as well as all available BVR engines. Travel on any train, any time - fares allow unlimited travel on day of issue so you can ride as many Locos as possible! This year is the first year that visiting locos Samson and Churchill have both been in ticket at the same time for a BVR anniversary.

35th Anniversary of Line Closure Weekend Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th July 2020 PLEASE NOTE THE DATE OF THIS EVENT HAS CHANGED DUE TO ENGINEERING WORK AT OXTED VIADUCT. 6th July 1985... The end of the Spa Valley line... 35 years ago on 6th July 1985 the line between Tunbridge Wells Central and Eridge closed, many thought that was the end... Now the Spa Valley Railway is Tunbridge Wells' biggest tourist attraction carrying thousands of visitors per year through the glorious High Weald! To commemorate 35 years since the line closed we are operating our very own historic Class 207 DEMU 1317 between Tunbridge Wells West and Eridge, with perhaps a surprise or two in store for this special occassion... Due to a variety of engineering work dates put in place, we can't operate to Eridge on the closest to the closure date weekend. We originally moved it back to June but then further engineering works were annouced so instead of taking it an unrealistic distance away from the orignal date we've settled with a weekend in July where we can still operate to Eridge on the Saturday. Full details are below. Class 207 DEMU 1317 Known as a 'Thumper' because of the engine note, 1317 is a Diesel Electric Multiple Unit built specifically to operate on the Oxted Line. It consists of 3 carriages with a driving cab at each end and in one carriage there is a 4 cylinder English Electric engine that provides the power. Back in the 1980s Tunbridge Wells West was a huge depot full of 'Thumpers' and 1317 along with others regularly ran trains along what is now the Spa Valley Railway, down to Uckfield and up to London. When our line closed there was still a need for these versatile units and up until 2004 they could regularly be seen operating to Uckfield. Preserved in 2004, two of 1317s carriages have been lovingly restored following major bodywork back to its 1985 British Rail Blue & Grey colours, complete with a fully overhauled interior. Ongoing at our Tunbridge Wells West depot is the restoration of 1317s middle carriage, often called 'the Centre Car' and many people ask us when will it return to service. Our volunteers are working every week on the return to traffic of this historic vehicle which when complete will make 1317 the only 3 car 'Thumper' in preservation, if time is on our side then there is a possibility (not a guarantee) it might operate during this event. Full details of our 35th Anniversary of Line Closure plans will be published in Spring 2020 but for now, make sure you save the latest dates! Saturday 11th July Join us for a day of pure Diesel Electric Multiple Unit action, just as it was back in July 1985, our train service will operate from Tunbridge Wells West to Eridge throughout the day, finishing up back at Tunbridge Wells West in the late evening, much like the units did in 1985. Sunday 12th July Due to engineering work the line between Birchden Junction and Eridge is closed on Sunday 12th July 2020 (ironic really!) so we are restricted to our section of line from Tunbridge Wells West to Birchden Junction, 4 miles instead of the usual 5. We will however be running an intensive timetable using our DEMU, Birchden Bank and even one of the Steam Engines hauling a train with the award winning bar car 'Kate' in the consist.

SEVERN VALLEY ENTERPRISE SATURDAY 11 JULY 2020 DEPARTING FROM: Crewe (07.00/23.00) Stafford (07.30/22.30) Lichfield Trent Valley (08.00/22.00) Tamworth (08.10/21.50) Nuneaton (08.30/21.30) Hinckley (08.40/21.20) Leicester (09.00/21.00) Loughborough (09.20/20.40) East Midlands Parkway (09.30/20.30) All timings shown are approximate and may be subject to change - Tickets and confirmed timings will be forwarded by post 7 days prior to departure This is a truly amazing and unique steam hauled tour offering a very unusual journey from Crewe and through the Midlands to Kidderminster for a trip over the full length of the preserved Severn Valley Railway to Bridgnorth for a three-hour afternoon break. Upon departure from East Midlands stations we take the rarely used line between Sheet Stores Junction and Stenson Junction and after passing the beer brewing town of Burton-on-Trent we continue through Shenstone and towards Birmingham, thence past Soho Junction and through Stourbridge Junction to Kidderminster where we leave the main line and join the preserved Severn Valley Railway for a stunning 16 mile journey through the Wyre Forest as the line accompanies the pretty River Severn passing numerous beautifully restored stations to Bridgnorth. Bridgnorth - is two towns: The high town and the low town connected by the steepest inland funicular railway in Britain. The low town was once a thriving port along the banks of the River Severn, while the high town held the castle, the churches, and many fine 16th and 17th century mansions. The more energetic may amble up one of the seven sets of steps, or the steep old Cartway, where goods were once hauled to the market above. The carts are gone, but the markets remain. Antiques and local produce are specialities. What's left of the castle leans at an alarming angle. There is an iron footbridge connecting to the Severn Valley Railway Station. We return in the late afternoon and re-trace the outward journey but this time with the taxing and impressive 1 in 45 climb of Old Hill Bank as the locomotive works hard to haul our heavy train to the summit at Rowley Regis. The train is steam hauled throughout by one of our immaculately restored pool of engines including: the world famous LMS Royal Scot Class, No.46100 'Royal Scot' - West Country Class, No. 34046 'Braunton' - Britannia Pacific Class, No 70000 'Britannia' - LNER A4 Pacific No 60007 'Sir Nigel Gresley'

Summer Steam Extravaganza Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th July 2020 A weekend steam enthusiasts will not want to miss! With all available locomotives in service operating to a special timetable, shuttle trains and visiting steam attractions. Visiting locomotives will be making appearances from other 15 inch gauge railways, their identities will be revealed very soon on social media - keep checking our pages for updates! Travel behind a visiting locomotive or one of the home fleet on the full railway, taking advantage of gala rover tickets to jump on and off the train as many times as you like. Or ride behind one of the smaller engines on the Discovery Shuttle. Appreciate the model engineering skills of miniature locomotives on the demonstration 7 ? inch gauge railway at Lakeside Station. Marvel at the fantastic Model Railway Layouts in Griffin Hall, or the traction engines of all sizes on display outside. Entertainment will be provided by the delightful Fairground Organ and why not let the children try one of the traditional funfair rides on offer. For beer lovers, a delightful range of first class ales will be just the ticket from our award winning pub 'The Signal Box Inn'. Day rover tickets will be available and a very special timetable will be in operation.

The Pembroke Coast Express 2020 Sunday 12 July 20200 To Tenby and Pembroke Dock behind no. 35028 'Clan Line'. Joining Stations: Bristol Temple Meads, Severn Tunnel Junction, Newport & Cardiff To Tenby and Pembroke Dock along the Pembroke Coast behind no. 35028 'Clan Line', breaking new ground for this popular 'Southern' Railway steam locomotive. We take a westerly and undulating route past Cardiff, Bridgend and Port Talbot, before heading around the northern edge of Swansea to Llanelli, with industrial, rural and coastal views along the way. At Carmarthen we avoid the station and run direct to Whitland to take the graded single line branch to Tenby (1230/1550). You can enjoy a three hour afternoon break in this traditional seaside resort. Our train will continue beyond Tenby to'Pembroke Dock, the end of the branch line, where 'Clan Line' and the coaches will be serviced, offering an alternative break of about two hours here. Later in the day we will re-trace our outward route , but this time going into Carmarthen to reverse and detach the diesel loco that will have brought us back from Tenby. From here 'Clan Line' will head us all the way back to Bristol, with a different route through Swansea, to conclude what we hope will be a lovely summer's day outing. Option A - TENBY (1230/1550): A traditional seaside resort with glorious beaches, a warm atmosphere and fine Victorian houses, a the 15th century church, and walks along the beautiful Pembrokeshire Coast Path. Option B - PEMBROKE DOCK: A fine Victorian town with a grid-like street pattern and impressive buildings with connections to its illustrious industrial past. Today the former dockyard is a commercial port and a gateway by ferry to Ireland Motive power is expected to be a steam locomotive No. 35028 'Clan Line' (subject to last minute availability). The carriages will be mark 1s.

The Waverley Sunday 12th July 2020 This steam hauled train provides an opportunity for passengers from York, Leeds and the Aire Valley to travel over the spectacular Settle & Carlisle Railway, probably the most famous railway route in Britain. There is also the option of visiting the Cumbrian market town of Appleby or the border city of Carlisle. These day trips revive the nostalgic former days of steam when travel by train through magnificent scenery was an experience to savour. Our steam hauled train leaves York hauled by steam locomotive No.60103 Flying Scotsman at 09:30 and heads for Church Fenton where we take the direct route to Leeds. We stop to pick up more passengers at Leeds, Shipley, Keighley and Skipton. There will be a stop for our steam locomotive to take on water before we join the famous Settle & Carlisle Railway at Settle Junction. Here begins one of the most arduous climbs on Britain's railway network, a total of 15 miles mainly at a gradient of 1 in 100. We cross the breathtaking Ribblehead Viaduct, high above the valley floor, and enter Blea Moor Tunnel. We pass through the highest station open in England at Dent, travelling through tunnels and crossing valleys on numerous viaducts. There are magnificent views across the Fells to the Pennine Three Peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough as we make the final ascent to Ais Gill Summit (1169 feet). We travel high above the valley at Mallerstang and then drop down through Kirkby Stephen to Appleby, where our locomotive takes on water. Passengers who choose to alight at Appleby will have around four hours to visit this historic market town that lies in a loop of the picturesque river Eden. Passengers choosing to continue to Carlisle will have over one and a half hours to explore the Border City, possibly visiting the castle, cathedral, Tullie House Museum or the Lanes Shopping Centre. Our train leaves Carlisle for the return journey at around 16:15 and climbs almost continuously for just under 50 miles back up to Ais Gill summit. We stop, en route, at Appleby for our steam locomotive to take on water and to pick up those passengers who spent the afternoon there. We continue our journey back to York, stopping at Skipton, Keighley, Shipley, Leeds, and York, to set down passengers.

30th Anniversary Gala 11th & 12th July 2020 Celebrating our 30th Birithday with intensive timetable and visiting engines Celebrating our 30th Birithday with intensive timetable and visiting engines. We will be operating an intensive timetable for our birthday weekend where two Romney locos will be visiting and in action as well as all available BVR engines. Travel on any train, any time - fares allow unlimited travel on day of issue so you can ride as many Locos as possible! This year is the first year that visiting locos Samson and Churchill have both been in ticket at the same time for a BVR anniversary.

35th Anniversary of Line Closure Weekend Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th July 2020 PLEASE NOTE THE DATE OF THIS EVENT HAS CHANGED DUE TO ENGINEERING WORK AT OXTED VIADUCT. 6th July 1985... The end of the Spa Valley line... 35 years ago on 6th July 1985 the line between Tunbridge Wells Central and Eridge closed, many thought that was the end... Now the Spa Valley Railway is Tunbridge Wells' biggest tourist attraction carrying thousands of visitors per year through the glorious High Weald! To commemorate 35 years since the line closed we are operating our very own historic Class 207 DEMU 1317 between Tunbridge Wells West and Eridge, with perhaps a surprise or two in store for this special occassion... Due to a variety of engineering work dates put in place, we can't operate to Eridge on the closest to the closure date weekend. We originally moved it back to June but then further engineering works were annouced so instead of taking it an unrealistic distance away from the orignal date we've settled with a weekend in July where we can still operate to Eridge on the Saturday. Full details are below. Class 207 DEMU 1317 Known as a 'Thumper' because of the engine note, 1317 is a Diesel Electric Multiple Unit built specifically to operate on the Oxted Line. It consists of 3 carriages with a driving cab at each end and in one carriage there is a 4 cylinder English Electric engine that provides the power. Back in the 1980s Tunbridge Wells West was a huge depot full of 'Thumpers' and 1317 along with others regularly ran trains along what is now the Spa Valley Railway, down to Uckfield and up to London. When our line closed there was still a need for these versatile units and up until 2004 they could regularly be seen operating to Uckfield. Preserved in 2004, two of 1317s carriages have been lovingly restored following major bodywork back to its 1985 British Rail Blue & Grey colours, complete with a fully overhauled interior. Ongoing at our Tunbridge Wells West depot is the restoration of 1317s middle carriage, often called 'the Centre Car' and many people ask us when will it return to service. Our volunteers are working every week on the return to traffic of this historic vehicle which when complete will make 1317 the only 3 car 'Thumper' in preservation, if time is on our side then there is a possibility (not a guarantee) it might operate during this event. Full details of our 35th Anniversary of Line Closure plans will be published in Spring 2020 but for now, make sure you save the latest dates! Saturday 11th July Join us for a day of pure Diesel Electric Multiple Unit action, just as it was back in July 1985, our train service will operate from Tunbridge Wells West to Eridge throughout the day, finishing up back at Tunbridge Wells West in the late evening, much like the units did in 1985. Sunday 12th July Due to engineering work the line between Birchden Junction and Eridge is closed on Sunday 12th July 2020 (ironic really!) so we are restricted to our section of line from Tunbridge Wells West to Birchden Junction, 4 miles instead of the usual 5. We will however be running an intensive timetable using our DEMU, Birchden Bank and even one of the Steam Engines hauling a train with the award winning bar car 'Kate' in the consist.

Summer Steam Extravaganza Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th July 2020 A weekend steam enthusiasts will not want to miss! With all available locomotives in service operating to a special timetable, shuttle trains and visiting steam attractions. Visiting locomotives will be making appearances from other 15 inch gauge railways, their identities will be revealed very soon on social media - keep checking our pages for updates! Travel behind a visiting locomotive or one of the home fleet on the full railway, taking advantage of gala rover tickets to jump on and off the train as many times as you like. Or ride behind one of the smaller engines on the Discovery Shuttle. Appreciate the model engineering skills of miniature locomotives on the demonstration 7 ? inch gauge railway at Lakeside Station. Marvel at the fantastic Model Railway Layouts in Griffin Hall, or the traction engines of all sizes on display outside. Entertainment will be provided by the delightful Fairground Organ and why not let the children try one of the traditional funfair rides on offer. For beer lovers, a delightful range of first class ales will be just the ticket from our award winning pub 'The Signal Box Inn'. Day rover tickets will be available and a very special timetable will be in operation.

The Dalesman STEAM ON THE SETTLE TO CARLISLE LINE Running from 28th April until 8th September 2020 Choice of two journeys To Carlisle from York, via the Settle to Carlisle line (steam from Hellifield): Running on 28th April, 26th May, 23rd June, 7th & 21st July, 4th & 18th August, 1st September 2020 - Departing from York, Normanton, Wakefield Kirkgate, Leeds (Central Station) and Skipton View Journey To Carlisle from Chester. Outbound journey via the West Coast Mainline, with steam from Carnforth. The return jouney is via the Settle to Carlisle line, with steam to Preston): Running on 12th May, 9th & 30th June, 14th & 28th July, 11th & 25th August, 8th September 2020 - Departing from Chester, Frodsham, Warrington Bank Quay, Wigan Leyland and Preston View Journey From the comfort of your seat in some of the oldest working carriages in operation today, your adventure begins! Some of these carriages served throughout the golden age of rail, some featured in the Harry Potter movies and have all been lovingly restored. These traditional carriages will be hauled by diesel for the first part of the journey, then from Hellifield/Carnforth the steam engine pulls the train to Carlisle. The train stops in historic border city of Carlisle in Cumbria for a break of around 2 hours. Stroll between the Castle and Cathedral or perhaps visit the famous Tullie House Museum - you will be surrounded by great places to shop, eat or be entertained, the perfect way to spend an afternoon. The return trip is via the Settle to Carlisle line, England's most scenic railway. THE SETTLE TO CARLISLE LINE First opening to passengers in 1876, the Settle - Carlisle line takes in 20 viaducts, 14 tunnels and countless beautiful vistas along its 72 mile track. This historic line travels across the stunning Pennine hills, showcasing the English countryside at its best. STEAM On the trip departing from Chester: Outbound Journey: From Carnforth one of the oldest steam engines in service today will take over, for the stunning journey to Carlisle line along the West Coast Mainline. Return Journey: It is steam all the way to Preston via the famous Settle to Carlisle line. This alone is a sight to behold as the engine builds up sufficient steam for the highlight of your journey on the famous Settle to Carlisle line. On the trip departing from York: From Hellifield one of the oldest steam engines in service today will take over, this alone is a sight to behold as the engine builds up sufficient steam for the highlight of your journey on the famous Settle to Carlisle line.

The Sunset Steam Express London Victoria - Surrey Hills - London Victoria Join us for a round trip through the Surrey Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The grandeur and beauty of these hills embrace an amazing variety of countryside from rolling chalk downs and flower rich grasslands, to acid heaths and woodlands.

THE FELLSMAN WEDNESDAY 15 JULY 2020 DEPARTING FROM: Crewe (07.35/21.30) Warrington Bank Quay (08.15/20.30) Wigan North Western (08.30/20.05) Leyland (08.50/19.45) Blackburn (09.10/19.20) Clitheroe (09.35/18.50) Hellifield (10.40/17.35) All timings shown are approximate and may be subject to change - Tickets and confirmed timings will be forwarded by post 7 days prior to departure The popular 'Fellsman' runs again in summer 2020 for its 12th season offering a 300-mile return steam hauled journey from Crewe on the spectacular 'Settle to Carlisle Railway' as we travel through the Yorkshire Dales and climb high towards the roof of England. With its great limestone peaks and deep valleys, the legendary 'Settle to Carlisle' line is a masterpiece of Victorian engineering including the magnificent 24 arch viaduct at Ribblehead. Time will be available for sightseeing in the historic border city of Carlisle - or perhaps alight at Appleby and take an optional tour of the Lake District by vintage bus with a cruise on beautiful Ullswater. The Settle & Carlisle line is known for its magnificent scenery and steep gradient, so our engine will be working hard as we climb to the magnificent Ribblehead Viaduct with stunning views of the three peaks. Passengers get a marvellous view down Dent Dale as the train emerges from Blea Moor tunnel and approaching Garsdale you will see sweeping views of Wensleydale - with our engine in full flight we climb at 1 in 100 towards the summit of the line at Ais Gill. Travelling on through the lush Eden Valley to the historic border city of Carlisle where we arrive about 13.10. You may choose to stroll between the castle and cathedral or perhaps visit the famous Tullie House Museum - all surrounded by great places to shop, eat or be entertained so creating the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Returning from Carlisle about 15.45 and following a stop for water at Appleby we travel over the same spectacular route giving another opportunity to experience the beauty of the high Pennines and pretty Ribble Valley as our locomotive works hard up the steep and taxing climb of Wilpshire Bank being a fitting end to a perfect day. The train is steam hauled throughout by one of our immaculately restored pool of engines including: the world famous LMS Royal Scot Class, No.46100 'Royal Scot' - West Country Class, No. 34046 'Braunton' - Britannia Pacific Class, No 70000 'Britannia'.

The Scarborough Spa Express Travel coast to coast across spectacular Lancashire and Yorkshire landscapes from Carnforth, to York or Scarborough. Choice of two journeys To York or Scarborough Via Skipton and Leeds: Running Thursdays on 18th June, 9th and 23rd July, 6th and 20th August and 3rd September 2020 - Departing from Carnforth, Hellifield, Skipton, Keighley, Shipley, Woodlesford (Leeds) and York. View Journey To York or Scarborough Via Preston and Wakefield: Running Thursdays on 25th June, 16th and 30th July, 13th and 27th August 2020 - Departing from Carnforth, Lancaster, Preston, Blackburn, Hebden Bridge, Brighouse, Wakefield KG and York. View Journey Join us for a scenic tour which combines a truly wonderful journey in traditional carriages across Lancashire and the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. Enjoy the evocative smells and sounds of steam haulage from York and the beautiful scenery of North Yorkshire to the East Coast. From the comfort of your seat in some of the oldest working carriages in operation today, your adventure begins! Some of these carriages served throughout the golden age of rail and some even featured in the Harry Potter movies and have all been lovingly restored. These traditional carriages will be hauled by diesel from Carnforth for the first part of the journey, then from York we pick up a steam engine taking us to Scarborough on a memorable journey. scarborough spa scarborough spa Due to the high demand for seats last year we are once more offering passengers the chance to travel from the West Coast of Britain en route to historic York then across North Yorkshire to the Spa town of Scarborough on the East Coast. Vintage Mark I and II carriages pull out of Carnforth on two routes, collecting passengers at various pick up stations. Arriving in York we pick up one of the oldest Steam engines in the world and continue by steam across North Yorkshire to Scarborough, where we have around three hours to enjoy and explore. Alternatively passengers may choose at alight at York and discover the many attractions of this historical, walled city. On the return journey, we leave Scarborough again by steam heading towards York before continuing on the same route, calling at the same stations before arriving back in Carnforth.

Real Ale Festival 17, 18, 19 July ?Over 70 Real Ales and 20 Real Ciders ?Heritage connecting bus service from Epping station and Shenfield on all days ?Steam and Diesel train services in operation all three days and running until late evening Friday and Saturday ?On board Real Ale bars

The Caledonian Join Tornado for a wonderful day out from the West Midlands to Scotland's second city. Steam north to discover Glasgow's vibrant city centre packed with shops, museums and bars. Saturday 18th July Join us from: Birmingham New Street, Tame Bridge Parkway, Wolverhampton, Stafford and Crewe. Our tour departs from Birmingham New Street behind an electric locomotive and is routed via Wolverhampton and Stafford before arriving into Crewe where Tornado will be waiting. We leave Crewe and follow the route of the West Coast Main Line. Whilst away from more familiar A1 territory, it was a regular route for the class when three were allocated to Polmadie shed in Glasgow and worked south. After passing through Warrington and Preston we will pause at Carnforth for our locomotive to take on water. Once underway again we will tackle the long climb to Shap Summit via the formidable Grayrigg bank, the beautiful Lune Gorge and the steep Shap Bank itself. The scenery unfolds across the Lakes to the west and the Pennine ridge to the east during the climb and the descent to Carlisle. We then cross into Scotland and race through the borders before taking water at Lockerbie. From there we again pick up speed before ascending the long ten mile climb to Beattock Summit, a real test for any locomotive. After cresting the summit we can enjoy the scenery further as we run downhill and across the open spaces toward Carstairs where we continue onto Glasgow via Motherwell and across the Clyde into the award winning station. After a break of around three hours our electric locomotive will be on hand to whisk our train south to Birmingham following the outward route.

The Shakespeare Limited Saturday 18 July 2020 To Stratford-upon-Avon with no. 35028 'Clan Line'. Joining Stations: Eastleigh, Romsey, Salisbury, Warminster, Westbury, Trowbridge, Bradford-on-Avon, Bath Spa & Bristol Temple Meads Not for many a year have we enjoyed a steam hauled excursion to Stratford-upon-Avon, so let's go and have a fabulous day out! Featuring the Southern Railway designed no. 35028 'Clan Line', which was built at Eastleigh in 1938 and is now lovingly cared for by the Merchant Navy Locomotive Preservation Society. We start off diesel hauled Eastleigh to Bristol, where 'Clan Line' will take over. The outward routing is via Swindon, Oxford and Leamington Spa, arriving at Stratford-upon-Avon around 1230, giving you about three hours to explore this famous old Warwickshire town, set on the River Avon and birth place of William Shakespeare - there are lots of attractions to visit, plus boat trips, eateries and shops to enjoy. The return journey continues our circular itinerary as we travel over mainly ex-GWR metals via Henley-in-Arden, the heart of Birmingham, the Worcester and through Gloucestershire before arrival back at Temple Meads, where the diesel will take over to complete our homeward journey. Motive power is expected to be a steam locomotive No. 35028 'Clan Line' (subject to last minute availability) from Bristol Temple Meads to Stratford-upon-Avon and return, with diesel haulage from Eastleigh to Bristol Temple Meads and back.. The carriages will be mark 1s

ENGLISH RIVIERA STATESMAN SATURDAY 18 JULY 2020 DEPARTING FROM: Peterborough (06.30/23.50) Huntingdon (06.45/23.40) St Neots (06.55/23.30) Hitchin (07.25/23.00) Stevenage (07.35/22.50) Welwyn Garden City (07.45/22.40) Potters Bar (08.00/22.25) All timings shown above are approximate and may be subject to change Join us for a wonderful day out with a journey along the Vale of the White Horse, then passing through pretty Somerset with its apple orchards and around the beautiful Devon coast. Time is available to discover the many charms of the 'English Riviera' for an afternoon sightseeing break of around three hours in the seaside resorts of either Torquay or Paignton - Passing Powderham Castle and travelling alongside the stunning Exe Estuary with its pretty fishing boats and views across to the Jurassic coast our train takes the exciting sea wall line as we race through tunnels and cuttings of red rock and along beaches and coves at Dawlish with the sea keeping company all the way to Newton Abbot. There is a choice of two destinations in which to relax before 'The Statesman' returns homeward in the late afternoon. Torquay - One of Britain's top tourist resorts and a jewel in the English Rivera's crown made popular by the Victorians with sparkling white Villas perched on verdant hilltops overlooking pure sandy beaches and an azure sea it matches anything you'll find on the French Riviera. There are beautiful gardens and a palm tree lined promenade leading to a lively harbour and international marina with an abundance of pavement cafes, pubs, shops and quality restaurants. Paignton - There is no shortage of things to do with gorgeous long sandy blue flag beaches, paddler friendly waters, a traditional pier and seafront alive with holiday fun, alternatively take a steam train ride (payable locally) along one of the most idyllic stretches of coastline in the country and through the woodland estate once owned by Agatha Christie to the riverside station at Kingswear.

The Cumbrian Mountain Express Saturday 18th July 2020 This is a wonderful opportunity for passengers from Merseyside and Lancashire to travel by steam train over two of England's most scenic railway routes. Our train travels north to Carlisle by the spectacular Settle & Carlisle Railway line and returns via the West Coast Main Line over Shap. We have a magnificent steam locomotive to haul these trains, which recall the glorious days of steam train travel. It promises to provide a memorable day out. Our train will be diesel hauled from Crewe to Liverpool via Runcorn, where we stop to pick up further passengers. We leave Liverpool Lime Street, steam hauled by a locomotive from the Carnforth pool, just after 07:00 and stop to pick up passengers at Broad Green and St. Helens Central. We join the West Coast Main Line (WCML) before stopping for more passengers at Wigan. We head north, leaving the WCML at Farington Junction, and call at Blackburn, where passengers who have travelled by service train from Preston join our train. We continue to Clitheroe and then stop at Hellifield for our steam locomotive to take on water. We join the Settle & Carlisle Railway at Settle Junction and then begin one of Britain's most arduous climbs, a total of 15 miles mainly at a gradient of 1 in 100. This will be a tough test for our locomotive, which we shall see - and hear - working very hard! There are magnificent views of the Pennine 'Three Peaks' of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. We cross the spectacular Ribblehead Viaduct, high above the valley floor, and enter Blea Moor Tunnel. We pass the highest railway station in England at Dent, crossing over viaducts and passing through tunnels amongst the Yorkshire Dales as we make the final climb to Ais Gill Summit, 1169 feet above sea level. We travel above the valley at Mallerstang and descend to Kirkby Stephen and Appleby, where we stop for our locomotive to take on water. We pass through the Eden Valley and arrive in the Border City of Carlisle shortly before 13:00. There will be more than three hours in Carlisle, providing ample time to explore this ancient city. Our train returns to Liverpool, steam hauled, via the steeply graded route over Shap summit on the WCML. We stop to set down passengers at Preston, Wigan, St. Helens Central, Broad Green and Liverpool Lime Street where we arrive around 20:00. Our train continues to Runcorn and Crewe diesel hauled. Premier Dining not available from Preston. *Passengers from Preston travel by service train to Blackburn on the outward journey. **Passengers for Blackburn travel by service train from Preston on the return journey.

1940s in Wirksworth Sat 18th & Sun 19th July Travel back to the 1940s and see what life was like in the town of Wirksworth. Enjoy the period activities, re-enactments and vintage market in the town and get nostalgic at the railway too.

Real Ale Festival 17, 18, 19 July ?Over 70 Real Ales and 20 Real Ciders ?Heritage connecting bus service from Epping station and Shenfield on all days ?Steam and Diesel train services in operation all three days and running until late evening Friday and Saturday ?On board Real Ale bars

The Shakespeare Express 2020 Summer Sundays 19th July ~ 26th July ~ 2nd August ~ 9th August ~ 16th August ~ 23rd August ~ 30th August ~ 6th September Birmingham Snow Hill - Stratford Upon Avon and return Enjoy a return trip to world famous Stratford upon Avon with hot breakfast rolls on the way there. In Stratford you have around 4 hours to explore before we take you back to Birmingham Snow Hill. Treat yourself to a packed lunch picnic box containing a selection of sandwiches, cake and scones with jam and cream to unpack in Stratford or eat on the journey back to Birmingham. Return Ticket Prices: Standard Class ?35 per person; First Class ?45 per person plus the cost of at least one meal choice. Every Standard Class adult ticket holder can take a child of 12 years or under with them for free. Stratford Upon Avon - Birmingham Snow Hill and return A steam trip to central Birmingham and back, enjoying a picnic lunch on the way. Choose between 'The Castle' or 'The Hall' hampers for two persons, both of which are presented in a traditional wicker hamper for you to unpack, enjoy and keep. 'The Castle' includes a premium selection of freshly prepared seasonal dishes; while 'The Hall' contains a selection of fresh sandwiches, cake and scones with clotted cream and jam.

The Royal Duchy Sunday 19th July 2020 Prices from: ?119 These ever-popular summer day trips by steam train run from Bristol Temple Meads, Yatton and Taunton to Devon & Cornwall. The route includes travelling along the internationally famous sea wall at Dawlish, crossing Brunel's famous Saltash Bridge into Cornwall, and some of the most varied and exciting scenery in the country. Passengers can choose to spend time in Plymouth or travel on to Par, where buses are provided for visits to Fowey or Charlestown. Our train leaves Bristol Temple Meads steam hauled by locomotive No.46233 Duchess of Sutherland at around 08:45 and stops to pick up further passengers at Yatton and Taunton. Almost immediately on departure from Taunton, our steam locomotive will be working hard as it tackles the climb to Whiteball Summit. We stop at Exeter St. David's station for our locomotive to take on water and for more passengers to join the train. We leave Exeter and follow the Exe Estuary to the seaside. We then travel along the famous sea wall between Dawlish and Teignmouth, an experience not to be missed. After Newton Abbot, our steam locomotive will demonstrate her real strength as she powers up some of the steepest main line gradients in the country. First there is the difficult climb to the summit at Dainton Tunnel, followed by a dramatic drop down to Totnes, then an equally difficult climb up Rattery Bank before descending to Plymouth. Passengers have the option to alight at Plymouth or remain on the train to Par. There will be over five hours free time to explore the historic maritime city of Plymouth which includes the Hoe, the ancient Barbican and seafront areas, and the National Marine Aquarium. We leave Plymouth, diesel hauled, and cross the river Tamar on Brunel's masterpiece, the Royal Albert Bridge, to enter Cornwall. Our train continues through the magnificent Cornish countryside to Par, where there will be a break of more than three hours. Buses will take passengers from Par, at no extra charge, to visit either the picturesque seaside town of Fowey or the harbour village of Charlestown. The latter is a working port and home to the Shipwreck, Rescue & Heritage Centre. We leave Par steam hauled by Duchess of Sutherland at around 17:45 and stop at Plymouth to pick up those passengers who chose to alight there. Our train then returns to Bristol, stopping to set down passengers at Exeter, Taunton and Yatton en route. If the St. Blazey turntable is re-opened we will revert to steam haulage throughout on both these trips.