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'Behind the Scenes at the K&ESR' Gift Voucher
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'Behind the Scenes at the K&ESR' Gift Voucher


Price: 145.00

An exclusive opportunity for railway enthusiasts to spend a day with a knowledgeable guide behind the scenes at England's finest rural light railway.

Upon arrival at Tenterden Station you'll meet up to five like-minded enthusiasts and your guide for the day. Starting with introductions and a safety briefing, Hi-Viz vests will be issued for appropriate use during the day. Following this, there's a visit to the Tenterden-based Carriage and Wagon workshop. Here you'll see craftsmen at work on the current restoration projects together with regular maintenance and ongoing repairs.

The first train departure of the day will take you to Rolvenden Station, home to the Railway's locomotive engineering facility. Here you'll get up close and personal with our fleet of locomotives and have unique access to see staff working with heavy engineering that keeps the Railway's locos rolling. A tour of the Rolvenden site includes the loco yard and a visit to the signal box and culminates in a timely fashion to enable you to watch from track level the watering of the 11:40 ex Bodiam steam service. Then it's all aboard this train back to Tenterden for a visit to the Colonel Stephen's museum then onto lunch in our Refreshment Rooms.

Following lunch we take you on the 2:20pm departure from Tenterden to experience the whole 21-mile round trip.

Arriving back at Tenterden at 4:15pm there's time for questions and a de-briefing over a cup of tea or coffee before the day ends at approximately 4:45pm.

Dates for this experience are released periodically and can be advised when purchasing or booking.

There are no age restrictions for this experience, however, children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
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A One-Day Signalbox Experience
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A One-Day Signalbox Experience


Price: 235.00 (Including VAT at 20%)

Our Signalbox Experience will be held at Northiam Signalbox on selected Wednesdays throughout the year.

Work alongside the signalman at Northiam Station to see a traditional signalbox in action! Lunch will be provided for the participant on the lunchtime service train between Northiam and Bodiam <Actinic:Variable Name = 'return'/> and it's possible for family and friends to join the participant at this stage should any wish to to enjoy lunch also.

This experience is available on many days throughout the year, a list of available dates will be sent to you for a choice of date to be selected. Open to all 18 - 70 years. In order to fully enjoy the experience, you should be healthy, reasonably fit, with good eyesight and hearing. In order to avoid disappointment on the day, please advise us here of any health issues. Before confirming your booking a representative with detailed knowledge of the experience day will contact you to discuss your exact needs.
Click here for an exterior shot of Rolvenden Signalbox
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Introduction to Driving Gift Voucher
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Introduction to Driving Gift Voucher


Price: 260.00

Experience what it takes to be a Driver, Fireman and Guard on the K&ESR with this non-stop half day introductory course. You'll be one of six participants who will take a steam train between Rolvenden and Bodiam and back enjoying a variety of tasks as you swap roles in pairs at the stations along the line. You'll also help with the operation of crossing gates and the locomotive 'run-round' at Bodiam.

ITINERARY - The day starts at 9:00am at Rolvenden Station (TN17 4JP) where participants meet for a Breakfast Bap and a cup of tea during which there's a short safety briefing given by the course co-cordinator. Your engine for the course awaits in the platform already in full steam to commence the 'hands-on' part of the day. At 9.30am careful and patient tuition is given to each participant by a knowledgeable instructor in order to learn the basics of starting and stopping a steam locomotive. At 10.30am you'll depart from Rolvenden Station for the round trip that lasts just over 2 hours. Upon return you are presented with a certificate of acheivement together with a souvenir Tee Shirt and Mug. Usual end time is around 1:00pm.
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Advanced Driving Course Voucher
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Advanced Driving Course Voucher


Price: 515.00 (Including VAT at 20%)

Having mastered the basic techniques with an ‘introduction' course, why not try an ‘advanced’ experience? You will drive a train from Rolvenden to Northiam and back under the careful supervision of your instructor. You will gain first-hand experience of operating a locomotive on part of one of the most challenging lines in the Country, through varied countryside and on gradients of up to 1: 65.

Please ring the Sales Office on 01580 765155 or visit our website for more details.
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