Heritage Railways of Essex and Kent
This tour has been devised to discover the scenery and history of Essex and Kent on some of the region’s unique railways. Holiday highlights include the Epping Ongar Railway, a hidden gem of a heritage railway with the longest line in Essex. Be whisked back in time as you experience the romance of travel from days gone by amid uninterrupted views. Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway will take you on a fascinating piece of local industrial history, travelling leisurely across a mile-long viaduct and marshes.
Day 1 Departure: 0800-0900 hrs. Travel to The Poplar Miniature Railway and Garden Centre, near Colchester, with free time for lunch. Travel onto the East Anglian Railway Museum with Miniature Railway, Heritage Centre, Goods Shed, Restoration Shed and café. Hotel check-in. Dinner is included for the next 2 nights.
Day 2 Enjoy a rail journey on board the Epping Ongar Railway. A thriving heritage railway, this was part of a 10km stretch at the end of the Great Eastern, latterly LNER and London Central Line. You can step back in time at the old-fashioned stations and learn the significance of the line to the local industry. As you board a steam locomotive from North Weald to Ongar, a tour guide will give you a brief history of the railway – then sit back, relax and enjoy the views at a leisurely speed. After your return to North Weald you can then take Heritage Bus 339 to Epping Underground Station, travelling through part of Epping Forest, before returning to North Weald where you can take a return journey on the diesel DMU train through a part of Epping Forest. (Subject to the timetable, train journeys could be operated by steam or DMU).
Day 3 Depart after breakfast. Enjoy a rail journey on board the Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway. This is set apart from other railways by continuing to use the original engines and rolling stock from 50 years ago – used to operate the line back in its working life. Travel slowly over the milelong concrete Milton Regis Viaduct, almost 100 years old. Enter the Milton Creek Country Park and across the marshes to Kemsley Down within an operational paper mill complex. Arrive home: mid-evening.
• Return coach travel
• 2 nights accommodation
• Full English self-service buffet breakfast
• Served 3 course dinner (3 choices) plus after dinner tea/coffee
• Train journey on Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway
• Train journey on Epping Ongar Railway
• Train journey on The Poplar Miniature Railway
• Admission to the East Anglian Railway Museum
• Hotel porter service
Please note: Steam trains cannot be guaranteed.
Best Western Manor Hotel, Gravesend
This family run hotel is situated just 1.5 miles from Gravesend town centre. An ideal location for our railway weekend.
Bedrooms: En-suite (most with bath and shower, 6 rooms have shower only) TV, tea/coffee making facilities, telephone, hairdryer, iron and board.
Facilities: Bar and lounge. Night porter.
Mobility Information: No lift. 2 floors, ground and 1st. 15 steps beside reception and from a corridor to bedrooms. Ground floor bedrooms available on request.
Supplements (subject to availability):
Single room supplement £40.00
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