- Spa Valley Railway
The Spa Valley Railway (SVR) is a standard gauge
heritage railwaythat runs between Tunbridge Wells, High Rocks, Groombridge, and Birchden; crossing the Kentand East Sussexborder, a distance of 4 miles, along the former Three Bridges to Tunbridge Wells Central Line/ Cuckoo Line. Its headquarters is at Tunbridge Wells West railway station. The line is currently being extended to Eridge railway stationto link with the Oxted Line.
The railway holds a number of special event days, including a Day out with Thomas (the tank engine) on 4 weekends of the year, Santa Specials, and both steam and heritage diesel weekends.
In the near term, the SVR is hoping to extend services to Eridge mainline station, where there is a disused bay platform [ [http://www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk/SpaEridgeAppeal07.htm www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk] Eridge Appeal] and also to
Tunbridge Wells West railway station. A special opening event will take place over the Easter weekend in 2009, between April 11 and 13, signalling completion of the first stage of the £500,000 Return to Eridge project. Trains will carry passengers between Tunbridge Wells and Eridge for the first time since 6th July 1985. Once the connection to Eridge is completed, the SVR hope to replace the track between Tunbridge Wells and Birchden and to implement signalling throughout the line. This will be carried out over a period of five to seven years, ensuring a long-term future for the SVR and enabling it to tap into the London-commuter market. [ [http://www.thisiscourier.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=142759&command=displayContent&sourceNode=142742&contentPK=21009808&moduleName=InternalSearch&formname=sidebarsearch Kent & Sussex Courier, "Return of steam to Eridge", 4 July 2008.] ]
0-6-0T Class A1X "Terrier" no. 50 'Sutton' (formerly Whitechapel) (Under Overhaul)
GWR 5700 Class0-6-0PT (Pannier Tank) no. 7715
**LMS 0-6-0T Class 3F "Jinty" no. 47493
London and North Eastern Railway LNER Class J940-6-0ST no. 68077 (Under Overhaul)
Peckett and Sons0-6-0ST works no. 1636 “Fonmon”
Andrew Barclay Sons & Co. 0-4-0ST works no. 2315 “Lady Ingrid”
Fablok, Chrzanow (Poland) TKh 0-6-0T works no. 3135 “Spartan” (Under Overhaul, returns shortly)
**Fablok, Chrzanow (Poland) TKh 0-6-0T works no. 2944 “Hotspur” (Awaiting Overhaul)
Robert Stephenson and Hawthorns(RSH) 0-6-0T works no. 7846 “North Downs” (Under Overhaul)
W. G. Bagnallworks 0-6-0ST No. 2193 “Topham” (Awaiting Overhaul)
**Robert Stephenson and Hawthorns (RSH) 'Ugly' 0-6-0ST Works No. 7668 “Samson” (Awaiting Overhaul)
**Robert Stephenson and Hawthorns (RSH) 'Ugly' 0-6-0ST Works No. 7673 “Ugly” (Under Overhaul, returns shortly)
**BR 0-6-0 Class 09 no. 09004.
**BR 0-6-0 Class 10 no. D3489 "Colonel Tomline".
**BR 0-6-0 Class 12 no. 15224 (Only surviving member of a class of 26 to be built).
**BR Bo-Bo Class 33 nos. 33063 "RJ Mitchell" and 33065 "Sealion" (Owned by SELG)
**BR Bo-Bo Class 37 no 37254.
**BR Bo-Bo Class 73 no. E6047 (Can work with GLV vehicle).
Diesel Multiple Units
Electrical Multiple Units
* [http://www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk Spa Valley Railway website.]
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