KESR Garter cutout


In a move which would have delighted the man who built the railway line more than 100 years ago, the Kent & East Sussex Railway will operate mixed passenger and goods trains on selected days this summer.
Col. Holman Fred Stephens was well known for his eccentric methods of cutting costs, which was why he adopted the practice that was common elsewhere in the country.

The re-introduction of mixed trains will demonstrate how they looked in the heyday of the K&ESR. A variety of vintage carriages and wagons will be hauled by locomotive number 32678, an engine regularly used for such trains in the early part of the twentieth century.
Mixed trains will run on services departing from Tenterden at 12:15pm and 2:30pm on the following dates:

Saturday, 12 May (celebrating 150th anniversary of birth of Colonel Stephens)
Saturday, 9 June
Saturday, 13 October

There is free parking at Tenterden and Northiam stations. A specially designed coach called Petros is fitted with ramped wheelchair access, wide aisles, moveable seating and an accessible toilet. And to reserve. There is full wheelchair access to the gift shop and Station Refreshment Rooms at Tenterden Town Station. The Colonel Stephens Railway Museum has level access with 42" aisles. The Tenterden ticket office is fitted with an induction loop.


To book and for additional information about the railway visit
Tenterden Town Station, Station Road, Tenterden, Kent TN30 6HE Telephone 01580 765155 Press enquiries to Helen Douglas at Kent & East Sussex Railway on 01580 765155 email [email protected]