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Beatrice No 2705 joins locomotive line-up at the Annual Summer Steam Festival in Tunbridge Wells

14th June 2017

The Spa Valley Railway has today announced that Steam Engine Beatrice No 2705 from Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway will be joining the exciting line up planned for the Spa Valley Railway’s annual Summer Steam Festival taking place on 1st and 2nd July 2017.

The Summer Steam Festival will be centred around Eridge Station with steam hauled passenger trains running regularly between Eridge and Tunbridge Wells West Station.  A selection of real ales & ciders plus a BBQ will also be at Eridge Station.

Rarely seen in the South East of England, 'Beatrice' No.2705 will be making her first appearance at the annual Steam Festival alongside another visiting engine 'RING HAW' courtesy of the North Norfolk Railway and resident locomotives Ugly and no.72.  Visitors can also see 13 road engines, 6 model railways and 31 vintage vehicles (split over the two days).

“The festival will see West Kent’s biggest gathering of road steam this year!  The railway’s event team will turn our beautiful heritage railway into a steam adventure for all the family with road, rail and miniature engines, model railways and vintage cars.” said the railway’s General Manager Jonnie Wesson. 

Visitors can also see inside the engine shed to view progress being made on restoring steam locomotives 'Sutton' and the Jinty.

Entry to the festival at Eridge will either be by Spa Valley travel tickets or a separate festival only ticket.

New this year will be a chance to book a Fish and Chip Supper on Saturday 1 July 2017 while travelling on the 18:10 or 19:35 train from Tunbridge Wells to Eridge by steam train.   Tickets are valid for travel and entry to the steam festival throughout the evening so visitors can choose to break a journey at any time - just remember not to miss the last train up the line!

At the Stations:

Eridge Station

At Eridge there will be a fine selection of Steam road engines, this include Steam Rollers and Traction Engines, Vintage Cars and other vehicles on display in the station carpark, entrance to this is included for all those who purchase a Day Rover ticket or a fee can be paid on the gate and you can spend all day venturing around the site and getting up close to these magnificent machines!  Also available (at a small extra cost to ride) will be a visiting miniature railway. Compare the large with the small at Eridge, it certainly brings home how these magnificent machines work in the biggest or smallest of scales.  There will be a real ale & cider bar also set up in the station car park.

Groombridge

Alight here for a selection of stationary engines, including those built to pump water, cut wood and just for show, there's a fine array for everyone to see. This splendid line up comes courtesy of the Sussex & Kent Weald Stationary Engine Group.  For families, why not purchase one of our joint tickets with Groombridge Place and alight here to visit the delightful estate which is just a 20 minute stroll from the station!

Tunbridge Wells West

Located in the western part of this famous Spa town, the station has a Victorian Engine Shed where visitors will find a selection of model railways on display.   The popular miniature railway from last year will again be in the yard at this year’s event.

To book tickets visit www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk

Press enquiries to Caroline Edmunds at Pennington PR 01892 616647 or 07775943305

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