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Diesel Train Experience

Tenterden in Kent   

• Ride in a Diesel Mechanical Multiple Unit
• A 21mile round journey on Kent & E Sussex Railway
• Time to visit the on site Colonel Stephens Museum
• Get a train driver's view of the railway line
A Diesel Train Cab Ride



What's Included

• 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
• 1 hour 50 min journey giving unique insight into the operation of a diesel locomotive
• Get a drivers eye view of stations, points and signals
• Opportunity to ask the driver about the train, signals and controls

IntotheBlue also offers 'drive a train' days, please see our main trains section for more information.

What Can I Expect

Enjoy a diesel train experience that'll see you riding up front with the driver on one of Britain's finest light railways through the historic countryside of Kent. You will be a very privileged passenger on a Diesel Mechanical Multiple Unit, with the rare chance to see everything on the railway from the driver's perspective.

Learning all about the heritage of this lovely little light railway as you go, you'll leave the main station at Tenterden and head through Northiam to the present terminus at Bodiam (right next to the stunning castle!). What we love about this diesel train experience is that whilst being driven along the 21 mile long round trip, you will spend the entire time alongside the driver of this vintage diesel train in the cab. We think this is one very special ride.

Of course, the DMMUs that take part in these experiences are nothing like the diesel trains you see driving the length and breadth of Britain today. We're talking the first wave of diesel power, introduced when the Kent and East Sussex Railway was taken over by British Railways in 1948 and traction by internal combustion was becoming more common. In the post-war era, early railcars and diesel locos where in active use on this very line, including a twice-daily 'hop picker's' freight service.

Today the heritage railway uses diesels for shunting, engineers' trains, off peak passenger train services and emergency assistance too. The line is steeped in history and this experience gives you time to ask the driver all the questions you want, whether it's about how the diesel trains are used here, or the technical aspects of restoration. Maybe you want to know how signal boxes work or you're curious as to what freight was carried on this line. All your queries will be deftly answered by the knowledgeable staff here in Kent.

To cover the return journey you should allow just shy of two hours, giving you plenty of time to get to know and understand how a DMMU works. Being a classic diesel train, you'll have a great 'driver's eye view' from the panoramic window of the cab and you'll 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 after your diesel train experience.


• Selected weekdays (generally Tuesdays and Thursdays) with occasional weekend dates from March to October
• Morning and afternoon departures are usually available


• 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

Suitable For

• 18-70 year olds who are agile enough to climb a few steps into the cab


• 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.
• 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 £17.00 per adult).

Anything Else

• Free car parking and all facilities have been designed with disabled and elderly passengers in mind
• A small fee applies for museum admission


Average Rating 5
Total Reviews 6
Recommend to Friend 6
about 3 years ago
Did 2 trips, one as a passenger with my Son in the cab and then a couple of weeks later with me in the cab. I thoroughly enjoyed it on this really scenic railway and travelling with the driver who actually owns the DMU was great! Very informative, oh, and we had a great meal in the Tenterden Restaurant to boot. Wonderful day, many thanks.
Mr David Mansell
about 3 years ago
Highly recommended. Lots of information provided by driver Chris and views one would never normally see.
about 4 years ago
An excellent experience for any railway fan. Chris , the driver , was very informative and added to the experience.
Michael Wade
about 4 years ago
Most enjoyable, very informative and a wonderful view from the cab.
David Dutton
about 6 years ago
Fantastic experience. My driver Chris was knowledgeable and made driving a DMU look easy. Yogurt fantasy views room the fab and even got to exchange a signal token. I must also say a huge thank you to Chris for letting my 10 year daughter in the cab with me and she got to use the whistle, which had her day. A totally fantastic experience and would recommend it 10 out of 10!!
Ann Cunningham
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Diesel Train
Diesel Train Experience
A Diesel Train Cab Ride
Total Price£95.00
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