Ales on Rails – summer diesel gala at the Spa Valley Railway
Hop on board the Ales on Rails train and enjoy a pint or two from local breweries whilst travelling through the High Weald on the Spa Valley Railway.
Ales on Rails and fish and chip suppers are part of the popular summer diesel gala which takes place on 2 and 3 August which this year features visiting Class 27 27001 and Class 42 'Warship' No. D821 'Greyhound'. Class 27 27001 is travelling all the way from Scotland to take part in the gala and Class 42 'Warship' D821 'Greyhound' is making its first visit away to another heritage railway from the Severn Valley Railway in over five years.
The Ales on Rails event is priced at just £10 per adult (not suitable for children) for travel with the chance to enjoy reasonably priced pints on board bar car 'Kate'.
For anyone coming from further afield, why not leave the car at home and travel to Tunbridge Wells by rail before taking the pleasant 15 minute walk down the High Street and through the Pantiles to Tunbridge Wells West. There are of course plenty of local pubs on the way so it is the ideal evening out for real ale lovers!
Trains department from Tunbridge Wells West at 18:40 with up to four return trips. The trains will be hauled by visiting Class 42 Warship No. D821 'Greyhound' and all the way from Scotland Class 27 27001.
What’s included in the £10 ticket price? • Return journey's to Eridge from Tunbridge Wells West. • First pint of ale included in the ticket price! • Allocated seating in one of the heritage carriages. • Access to bar car 'Kate' with its full range of wines (including sparkling), bottled beers and ciders, spirits, cocktails and hot or cold soft drinks.
Passengers can also book to enjoy another British tradition, fish and chips. Fish and chip trains will depart at 18:30 on 2 and 3 August.
Passengers join the train at Tunbridge Wells West and during the journey can enjoy a freshly prepared delicious fish and chip supper followed by an ice cream dessert. Trains will return to Tunbridge Wells West for approximately 21:15.
Bar car 'Kate' will be open throughout the evening selling a large range of real ales, cider, wines (including sparkling) and also hot and cold soft drinks.
Menu choices (one option per person):
• Cod & Chips
• Plain Sausage & Chips
• Battered Sausage & Chips
• Gluten Free Battered Cod & Chips
• Vegetarian Spring Roll & Chips
• Veggie Burger & Chips
Dessert: Ice Cream
Booking for all events can be made in advance on the railway’s website www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk