Railway Experiences on the K&ESR

Experience the power and majesty of steam through the experiences offered at the Kent & East Sussex Railway.

We've a range of fantastic and unique experiences ideal as gifts for that special occasion or to just indulge in a childhood dream. Find out what it takes to keep our railway running on a "Behind the Scenes" tour or feel the power as you learn to drive one of our historic steam locomotives. We have an experiences to suit all tastes and budgets!


Footplate Taster

VIP Footplate Taster

Railway Experience Day

Engineman's Experience

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Diesel Observation Train Cab Ride

Signalbox Experience

Behind the Scenes                                                



If you are buying an experience course as for someone else we sell Gift Cards that you can purchase to pay outright for these experiences for that extra special present.

Our tours and experiences operate on selected dates throughout the year. If you cannot find what you are looking for, please get in touch to arrange a custom experience.  Ideal for team building, corporate visits larger groups or anyone looking to drive a specific locomotive.

Dont take our word for it, read what recent participants have written about their day....

"I write to express my gratitude for the driving course held last Friday. From start to finish it was a most excellent day, which was brought about by its friendliness, competance and teaching expertise of the team, they deserve the highest praise. Thanks also to the catering staff for a first class meal which complimented the teaching. A most enjoyable and intsructive day which I shall remember for ever."

"Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed last Saturday on the' Behind The Scenes Experience'. Jim, our guide, was both informative and entertaining, but always had our safety in mind. The signal box visit at Rolvendon was extremely interesting and brought home the responsibility that the signalman had in keeping trains moving safely. Everybody we met were pleasant and helpful and willing to share their knowledge and experiences. I wish the K&ESR and all of it's staff and volunteers every good wish for the future."

"I would like to thank all at Kent & East Sussex Railway for the warm welcome you all gave me when I atended your railway engine driving course. I did not know quite what to expect of the day but it turned out to be really good and interesting, it much exceeded my expectations in all ways. All the staff were very patient with us at all times no matter how stupid we were and also answered all our questions with keenness I could not fault in any way. The meal was also top class, fit for a king and so much of it too and we nearly drowned in all the tea all day long! I would not hesitate to recommend this day to anyone, well worth the cost".

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