Steam Train Trips in Sussex

 
 
There are quite a few ways to enjoy a journey on a steam railway in Sussex, especially if you're willing to roam around the countryside a bit to get there.  Please check timetables in advance so you can be sure they will be running.
 
The Lavender Line
The Lavender Line runs for a 2 mile round trip through the beautiful Sussex countryside between the village of Isfield and the parish of Little Horsted, near Uckfield in East Sussex (TN22 5XB). It also has volunteering opportunties  
 
Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre
Situated at the bottom of the beautiful Sussex Downs, you'll find this centre between Arundel and Storrington, next to Amberley Railway Station. Exhibits include a narrow-gauge railway and This famous little railway has given joy & fun to thousands visitors. There's also information on volunteering.
 
 
 Take a look at the Calendars from the Calendar Club here.
The CalendarClub.co.uk have some great rail calendars for 2025 -
they could make great gifts for the steam train enthusiast in your family! 
 Steam off to the CalendarClub.co.uk
 
 
 
The Kent and East Sussex Railway  
Here's their operating timetable.  Like any heritage railway, there are different ways to volunteer.  Here's their visitor info- you can enjoy all day hop-on, hop-off Rover fares which allow unlimited travel along the full 10 ½ miles (16.8 km) of the railway. You can stop off to explore at any station - to visit Bodiam Castle for example, or to look over the loco yard at Rolvenden.
 
Diesel Train Cab Ride with Kent and East Sussex Railway for One

Train Experience:  Diesel Train Cab Ride with Kent and East Sussex Railway for One , Tenterden, Kent
available through Red Letter Days for £110.
Use the code AHW2024RLD and get 10% off!  The code is site wide**, valid to 31-12-24.  


Spa Valley Railway
 
The railway has heritage steam and diesel trains operating between Eridge and Tunbridge Wells. You can volunteer.  There are plenty of events (including days out with Thomas but book early for those) throughout the year.  Click here to go to their website.  
 
South Downs Light Railway
For Little trains with a great appeal, take a look at the South Downs Light Railway.   Trains run from March to September.  The volunteer run railway is in the Pulborough Garden Centre, Stopham Road, Pulborough and trains take you on a trip through the gardens from Stopham Road Station.  Chuff chuff your way to the South Downs Light Railway website. 

 
There's a Behind the Scenes Railway Day experience available through BuyaGift
There's a Behind the Scenes Railway Day experience available through BuyaGift.
at Kent and East Sussex Railway (Tenterden, Kent)
£149.00 from BuyaGift.co.uk (Use our exclusive BuyaGift code AHW2024BAG to get 10% off this.
The code is available until 31 Dec 2024, it's side wide, although some products are excluded.)
 
 

Littlehampton Miniature Railway Association
This little railway is staffed entirely by volunteers. It runs along the seafront between Norfolk Gardens and Mewsbrook Park. Their website is fascinating - do take a look.  
 
 
How about a Steam Train Trip for Two with Spa Valley Railway in Kent?
How about a Steam Train Trip for Two with Spa Valley Railway in Kent?
Explore Eridge, Groombridge, High Rocks or Royal Tunbridge Wells 
 and well and truly make a day of it. 
For £35.00 from Virgin Experience Days
 
or 

Sussex Steam Train Trip on the Bluebell Railway with Fish and Chips for Two
There's a Sussex Steam Train Trip on the Bluebell Railway with Fish and Chips for Two experience

On this two hour journey, travel in style in a 1950s railway carriage.
Pass through stations used in TV and films, and enjoy a fish and chips meal with a tasty baked treat!
£92.00 from Virgin Experience Days
(And for four people, it's £184.00 - click here for more information

 
Hollycombe - Steam in the Country
Situated on the Hampshire and Sussex border, Hollycombe says this is where the past comes to life...  Wonder through the woodland gardens, ride on the steam railways,  visiting the steam farm, and checking out the road steam, there's plenty to see and do. 

 
This Vintage Steam Train Pop Up Card is available from Cardololgy.
This Vintage Steam Train Pop Up Card is available from Cardololgy.
It was inspired by the Flying Scotsman, and it's like a mix of a card and a gift!
It is available from Cardology.co.uk for £10.00