Austin Counties Car Club Rally at the Kent & East Sussex Railway 9th & 10th October 2021
There will be a display of around 20 Classic Cars at Tenterden’s Steam Railway on Saturday 9th October and more than 30 vehicles on Sunday 10th October 2021.
There will be a varied display of members and guests vehicles - some of which have celebrated their centenary. Models on show will include Austins from Longbridge, Morris’ from Cowley and Ford’s from Dagenham.
Vehicles will be on display all around Tenterden Station, including outside the Colonel Stephens Railway Museum and the Station Refreshment Rooms at Tenterden Station, which will be open from 10.00am serving a range of light refreshments.
Steam trains will be operating from Tenterden to Bodiam at 10:40am and 1:15pm both days, with pre-booking online offering a saving over tickets purchased on the day.
K&ESR Sales & Marketing Manager Helen Douglas said: “In addition to the display of wonderful period cars, we’re also inviting our passengers to become wildlife detectives as they journey down the line, with an on-board eye-spy activity. Children can take home a certificate and sticker as a reminder of the day.
The Colonel Stephens Railway Museum will be open throughout the weekend, with free entry and tells the story of Colonel Stephens the founder of the Kent & East Sussex Railway and the promoter of light railways across the country, through a collection of railway memorabilia.
Bookings can be made via the railway’s website https://kesr.org.uk/timetable
Freedom tickets when booked online in advance are £49.00 for a family of 4. £19.50 for an Adult and £13.50 for Children aged 3-15.
Platform tickets are available from the booking office upon arrival and are £1 per person, travel not included.
Helen said “We are also promoting the other attractions Tenterden has to offer, so passengers can make the most of their day.”
“There are excellent cafés, restaurants and pubs, the fascinating Tenterden Town Museum between the station and the High Street, and a delightful children’s playground on the recreation ground at the end of the High Street with picnic tables.”
Bodiam Castle is a short walk from Bodiam Station. Presenting a valid train ticket entitles passengers to discounted entry to Bodiam Castle.
Vehicle owners who wish to join the rally on 9th and 10th October at Tenterden Town Station should provide their details by email to firstname.lastname@example.org which will be passed to the Rally organisers to make direct contact.
Every effort will be made to provide the attractions as advertised; but unforeseen circumstances may result in alteration or cancellation at short notice.
Prices for tickets purchased on the day will not be subject to the online discounts.
Tenterden and Northiam are situated on the A28 between Ashford and Hastings. Free parking at Tenterden and Northiam Stations.
About the Railway
The Kent & East Sussex Railway, was the first light railway opened in Britain under the Light Railways Act of 1896, built by Holman F. Stephens. Today it is one of Britain’s most loved and original heritage railways, running for over 10 miles from Tenterden, capital of the Kentish Weald, to Bodiam in Sussex in the shadow of the 600 year old National Trust castle.
The Kent & East Sussex Railway is operated by the Kent & East Sussex Railway Co Ltd, a charitable company, limited by guarantee and not having a share capital. Registered charity No. 262481.
Photos: Kent & East Sussex Railway