There are no standard passenger services running today - The next service will be on Wednesday 16th June 2021 using the Green Timetable 2021

Union of South Africa Rides Again

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    60009 locomotive steaming through green hills
    Springbok plaque on the side of the locomotive

    Don’t miss 60009 “Union of South Africa”!

    Soon to cease her running days and head into display, 60009 “Union of South Africa” visits this weekend and beyond for the first in what will likely be her last series of appearances in steam. Loco enthusiasts won’t want to miss the chance to get up close and personal with this fan favourite engine.

    Eagle eyed visitors should try to spot the Springbok, a commemorative plaque donated to the engine in 1954 by a South African newspaper to pay tribute to her name.


    The engine will be running three return trips daily on a blue timetable 29 - 31 May and a green timetable on 2 - 4 Jun. The best way to experience the journey is with one of our great value Day Rover Tickets. Book online now and make a saving.

    Adult £20.00 £14.50 Book Now
    Child  £12.00 £9.50 Book Now
    Family £49.50 £39.50 Book Now

    Win a Footplate Ride on 60009

    Back by popular demand!

    Enter our raffle and be in with a shot of winning a once in a lifetime chance to ride on the footplate of “Union of South Africa” before she retires. This prize is incredibly unique and is perfect for any locomotive lover. Not only that, but every ticket sold helps support the railway!

    Raffle tickets cost £10, the raffle ends on the 26 June 2021. Find out more and enter here.

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