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Sat, 01 Jun 2024 - Sun, 02 Jun 2024 h. 09:00 - 17:00

50th Anniversary Gala Weekend

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Kent and East Sussex Railway
Venue NameKent and East Sussex Railway
Start DateSat, 01 Jun 2024
Start Time09:00
End DateSun, 02 Jun 2024
End Time17:00
Organiser NameKent and East Sussex Railway
Venue LocationTenterden Town Station
Wheelchair accessible
Disabled Toilets
W.C on site
Food and Drinks available
Parking onsite
Close to Public Transport

KESR 50th Anniversary Gala Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June 2024.

To celebrate our 50th anniversary we are holding a fantastic gala with guest locos operating passenger services between Tenterden and Bodiam

The line between Robertsbridge Junction and Northbridge Street will be open for the first time in 11 years and will have a shuttle service operated by No 70000"Britannia "

Freedom tickets are available to book online in advance including a special 2 day Freedom ticket offering significant savings against those bought on the day Please see our website at for full details

Come along and help us celebrate this significant milestone in our history maybe wave a flag or two!

Refreshments will be available to purchase along with special 50th anniversary mementos in our gift shop!!

Saturday 1st June

1974 Opening Ceremony re-enactment

The weekend’s celebrations will start at 09:30 on Saturday 1st June on the platform at Tenterden Town Station, a re-enactment of the 1974 opening ceremony before the first public train leaves at 10:20. The original ceremony was conducted by the then MP for Ashford William (later Lord) Deedes, who was instrumental in ensuring that the line was reopened.

The West Sussex Concert Band and Ashford Town Band will be playing sets from 11:30 till approximately 13:15,

(Sunday The Ashford Town band will be playing from 10:15 until 13:00)

There will be a model railway exhibition and model trader stalls to browse, plus market stalls from local business and charities.

Plus popular driver for a tenner is back !! (no pre-booking -available on the day only )From 11am to 4.30pm on both days using 1958 "Ruston" DE Loco Rowntree no 1 (over 18s only)

Ticketing info and pricing
Adult Freedom tickets £29.50 booked in advance. Senior £27.50 Child £5.00(when booked in advance)Enhanced fares apply on the day or on the phone. These tickets give unlimited travel during the day of your visit.(some exclusions apply)
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