Steam Trains get a Great Reception on Opening Weekend at Kent and East Sussex Railway

Steam trains have returned to the Kent & East Sussex Railway following the coronavirus  lockdown  and passengers have been delighted to see the
heritage line operating again.

General Manager for the Railway, Shaun Dewey said: “We are so pleased by the reaction. We had gone to
enormous lengths to ensure that not only were families kept safe, but also that they felt safe. Passengers
commented on how well they thought we had handled the situation.”

Groups were able to travel in dedicated compartments or with staggered seating in open coaches.
Shaun added: “The one way routes, social distancing and enhanced cleaning regime at the stations worked
really well.”

Following the successful weekend and feedback from customers, the railway is adding Wednesday and
Thursday services from Wednesday, 5 August.

On Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays in August, trains will run from Tenterden for a
return journey at 10.40am and 1.15pm. The return trip to Bodiam takes an hour and 50 minutes.

Exclusive compartments for family groups of up to eight people are available in one of the railway’s
vintage carriages and cost £75.

Family Return Journey tickets for groups of up to four people travelling in an open-plan carriage are

The Railway are also pleased to be able to offer a limited number of tables for two available, at £30.
Advanced booking on the K&ESR website is strongly recommended.

Simon Marsh, K&ESR Chairman said: “We are delighted to be back and are doing everything we can to
ensure as many people as possible get the chance to travel safely on our lovely railway.”
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