Tenterden Town Station
Sunday 23 August 2020
Here at the Kent & East Sussex Railway we are welcoming what was once the deadly enemy of the railways - the bus. On Sunday 23rd August our station at Tenterden will be the setting for a rally featuring more than a dozen vintage vehicles, offering free rides to several destinations.
A hundred years ago, the coming of the bus posed a significant threat to the railway, as competition for passengers intensified. The car ultimately took its toll on both. Here at the railway we carried our last passengers in 1954 before re-opening in preservation in 1974.
There will be free bus trips throughout the day to Headcorn, Woodchurch, Cranbrook, Wittersham, Sandhurst, Rolvenden Layne and Shrubcote Lane.
Rally committee member Noel Young said: “Some will be able to ride on vehicles they remember from 50 years ago, whilst children can enjoy seeing these historic buses for the first time. And, of course, they can buy tickets to travel on the railway, which will be running steam and diesel trains. It's the perfect setting for a wonderful day out. The will also be other buses on display in addition to those providing rides."
FREE feeder services using vintage buses will leave from Ashford station (09:20) (Returning at 16:30) and from Headcorn station at 09:43, 10:13, 10:43, then every hour until 15:43 (Returning at 10:08, then every hour until 15:08, 15:38, 16:08, 16:38, 17:38).#
Steam trains will be operating throughout the day
Photos from the Bus Rally in previous years