Whole Day Railway Experience

 Gift Voucher

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Experience what it takes to be a Driver, a Fireman and a Guard on the K&ESR with this whole day experience. You'll take a steam train between Tenterden, Bodiam and return, enjoying a variety of tasks as you swap roles at the stations along the line. You'll also help with the operation of crossing gates and the locomotive 'run-round' at Bodiam.

Your day starts at Tenterden Town Station (TN30 6HE), where you’ll be welcomed by our friendly, experienced staff. Whilst you enjoy refreshments, there'll be a short introduction to the railway and safety brief before you join the train. Under the guidance and supervision of our knowledgeable staff, you’ll have the opportunity to drive, fire and act as guard between Tenterden and Bodiam (10 miles). Your host will be on hand to provide further details about the railway, its operation and answering your questions. Complimentary tea and coffee will be available on board the train. On arrival at Bodiam, there’s time for photographs with the locomotive and crew before returning to Tenterden Town Station for a ploughman’s lunch in our restaurant. There’s then a further trip over the whole line to put those newly learned skills into action.

On arrival back at Tenterden, there's a debrief over a cup of that all important railway tea!

Our experienced staff will ensure your safety at all times. It is essential however that you have the ability and fitness to leave the footplate quickly, and possibly jump from height to the ground without assistance, in the unlikely event of an emergency. If you are in any doubt please discuss your concerns with one of our staff.


  • Whole day experience
  • Certificate of Achievement
  • Discount voucher for the purchase of exclusive souvenirs or gifts
  • Light refreshments throughout the day & a Ploughman's for lunch


"Just wanted to say I had a brilliant day - really great crowd and a fun outing!"

This whole day experience costs £495 inclusive of refreshments and is our most popular experience package.  To make a booking or redeem a Gift Voucher, please contact the Booking Office on 01580 765155 or email  enquiry@kesr.org.uk