Mixed Trains Return to the K&ESR
We will be running “Mixed Trains" on selected days during the 2018 season - as part of our celebration of 150 years since the birth of our founder Colonel Stephens.
Col. Holman Fred Stephens was well known for his eccentric methods of cutting costs, which was why he adopted a practice of running Mixed Trains. These trains included a carriage for passengers (very often a single carriage was sufficient for the few passengers travelling) together with a small number of goods wagons or vans. Journey times were often protracted, due to the need to shunt wagons onto or from the train at each station - it was not unusual for passengers to find that they had been shunted into the goods yard along with the cattle truck!
Mixed trains are planned to operate on:
Saturday, 9 June
Saturday, 8 September (in conjunction with the HopFest weekend)
Saturday, 13 October (Austin Counties Rally weekend)
On 9th June and 13th October a three train service will be in operation, with 'mixed' trains on services departing from Tenterden at 12:15pm and 2:30pm. An intensive train service will operate on 8th September - see here for the timetable in operation
Passengers will have the choice of travelling on our regular steam hauled set of 1950s coaches (A), our Heritage Diesel Observation Train (travel with a driver's eye view of the line!) or joining the mixed train service.
The re-introduction of mixed trains on todays K&ESR will recreate how they looked in the heyday of the K&ESR - but without protracted shunting at intermediate stations! A variety of our historic vintage carriages and wagons will be hauled by “Terrier” locomotive number 32678, an engine regularly used for such trains in the early part of the last century.
Remember our TravelCard allows unlimited travel during the day and if presented at Bodiam Castle will entitle you to discounted entry!