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Diesel Engine Cab Experience

Tenterden in Kent


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what can I expect on the day

Enjoy a diesel train cab ride on one of Britain's finest light railways through the historic countryside of Kent, learning all about the heritage of this railway as you go. For this experience you will join the driver of the vintage diesel train in the cab as you take to the track for your very special train ride.

Of course, the trains are nothing like the diesel trains you see today. When the Kent and East Sussex Railway was taken over by British Railways in 1948, traction by internal combustion was becoming more common and the post-war era saw early railcars and diesel locos on this very line. Today the heritage railway uses diesels for shunting, engineers' trains, off peak passenger train services and emergency assistance too.

Being a classic diesel train, you'll have a great 'driver's eye view' from the panoramic window of the cab and you'll have plenty of time to ask questions and get a real insight into diesel train driving operations and techniques. This is a truly memorable day out that doesn't end at the train terminus, as you have all day to take in the Colonel Stephens Museum and general goings on at the Kent and East Sussex Railway.

what is included
This experience allows you to join the driver in the cab of a DMMU (Diesel Mechanical Multiple Unit) and observe the operation of the train over a 21 mile round trip. The journey lasts just under two hours and whilst you don't actually drive the train you will gain a unique insight into the operation of a diesel locomotive with plenty of time for questions about the train, signals and controls. The train will be carrying passengers. IntotheBlue also offers ' drive a train' days, please see our main trains section for more information. 
when is it available
Journeys take place on selected weekends and weekdays, regularly each month from March to October. Morning and afternoon departures are usually available.
where can I do this experience
The trains run from Tenterden Town Station in Kent, out to Bodiam Castle and then back again. The venue is around halfway between Hastings and Ashford.
who is suitable for
You need to be over 18 and be agile enough to climb a few steps into the cab.
can anyone come to watch
Why not make a family day out of your experience. Tenterden Station has a railway museum and display wagons, 36 seat restaurant, picnic area, gift shop and play area for the kids. There is free car parking and all facilities have been designed with disabled and elderly passengers in mind. Visitors can purchase a ticket giving them transport on the diesel and steam trains as they travel along the 10.5 mile line, you can hop on and off the train at any station to explore (tickets from £12.50 per adult). A small fee applies for museum admission.
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