Inside with replica of Coffin of Unknown Soldier

At the end of the First World War, the body of Nurse Edith Cavell - who was shot by the Germans for her role in the Resistance - was returned to England and taken by special train to London, where a memorial service in her honour was held at Westminster Abbey. The van was also used in the repatriation of the remains of Captain Charles Fryatt and the Unknown Warrior.

The K&ESR is honoured to be the home for the railway vehicle used for those historic journeys. Beautifully preserved, the Cavell Van contains displays and tributes to the sacrifices made by Nurse Edith Cavell, Captain Fryatt, The Unknown Warrior and all who gave of their lives during the conflict. The award-winning exhibition was created by pupils from Homewood School in Tenterden, following extensive research undertaken at the Imperial War Museum, London.

We shall be marking the centenary of the end of WW1 with a special ceremony at Tenterden Town Station at 12:30 conducted by Rev John Emmott and Rev Canon Lindsay Hammond.

Following the ceremony a steam hauled train, including the Cavell Van, will make a special journey to Bodiam Station departing at 1.15pm. Following arrival, the train will depart from Bodiam at 2.15pm, arriving back at Tenterden at 3.15pm.

Complimentary tea & coffee, courtesy of Tenterden Town Council, will be available from 11.30am at Tenterden Town Station until the train departs.

Admission to Tenterden Town Station on Sunday 11, November will be free of charge from 10:30am. Normal fares apply for the special train service - book online


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Join us this Halloween Half Term for a fun day out for the whole family.  Hop aboard a steam or heritage diesel train to take a ride to Bodiam whilst staying warm and dry and enjoy the onboard activities for children; make-your-own halloween mask or glasses and create a magical spooky picture with the stickers and pictures provided*. 


Why not pop in to enjoy a magic show with Mr Mystery in our heated marquee at Tenterden station and there's free facepainting too!  Marvel at the Bugs and Beasts on display at Bodiam Station and take a walk along to the National Trust Castle where you can enjoy a small discount on entry upon production of your valid train tickets.

Prices for tickets are £38 for a Family Travelcard for 2 Adults and up to 3 Children (aged 3-15 years), £18 per Adult and £12 per Child (aged 15+). 

Children under 3 travel for free and do not require a ticket.  


Free admission to the award-winning Colonel Stephens Museum at Tenterden is included with tickets purchased. 

On-train catering and wheelchair access is available on 10:40, 13:15 and 15:35 departures.  You can pre-order lunch options to take advantage of our onboard refreshments.

Bodiam Castle is a short walk from Bodiam Station.  Presenting a valid train ticket also entitles passengers to discounted entry to Bodiam Castle

The Station Refreshment Rooms at Tenterden will be offering plenty of tasty options including Afternoon Tea (prebooking required) and hot and cold lunches.

Free parking at Tenterden and Northiam stations.


Click on your chosen date below to book online today! 



*These make and take activities will be available for collection at Tenterden and Northiam stations for paying passengers and are subject to availability.




Bus Rally

Sunday 24th June 2018

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Here at the Kent & East Sussex Railway we are welcoming what was once the deadly enemy of the railways - the bus.


On Sunday 24th June our station at Tenterden will be the setting for a rally featuring more than a dozen vintage vehicles, offering free rides to seven destinations. 

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A hundred years ago, the coming of the bus posed a significant threat to the railway, as competition for passengers intensified.  The car ultimately took its toll on both. Here at the railway we carried our last passengers in 1954 before re-opening in preservation in 1974.  

During the bus rally, on Sunday, 24 June, there will be free bus trips throughout the day to Headcorn, Woodchurch, Cranbrook, Wittersham, Sandhurst, Rolvenden Layne and Shrubcote Lane.

Rally committee member Noel Young said: “Older people will be able to ride on vehicles they remember from 50 years ago, while children can enjoy seeing the buses for the first time. And, of course, they can buy tickets to travel on the railway, which will be running steam trains.  It's the perfect setting for a wonderful day out. Other buses will be on display in addition to those providing rides."

FREE feeder services using vintage buses will leave from Tunbridge Wells railway station (8.45am), Hastings station (9.02am) and Ashford station (9.10am).The return journeys to all three towns will leave Tenterden at 4.30pm.  While the organisers will try to operate the below services it will depend on vehicle availability, resulting in no guarantee of timings or of services running.


Two steam trains will be operating services throughout the day  - click here for timetable of train service

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Book your tickets online before midnight on 23rd June to receive a 10% discount.

TravelCard tickets provide unlimited all day travel on our steam trains.

Collected your discounted pre-booked tickets from the Booking Office upon arrival at Tenterden.

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30th & 31st December 2018

1st January 2019

Fed up with mince pies and repeats on the TV? Need a change of scene? Take a steamy excursion into the New Year with a trip through the glorious Weald by steam train!

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