HDL Cardiff Chieftain railtour

Saturday 31 August 2002

Last modified on Wednesday 28 August 2002

This page refers to a railtour which has now taken place. All information is left here for interest only! A news article has been created which contains photos of the tour.


The only long-distance excursion we are able to run this summer will take us to Cardiff, the capital city of Wales.

Our train will start from Hastings and pick up via Battle and Tunbridge Wells to Tonbridge, then at Edenbridge, Redhill, Guildford and Woking. We then run non-stop via Basingstoke, Salisbury, Westbury and Bath Spa and the Severn tunnel.

We expect to have just under four hours in Cardiff. The famous castle, one of the main attractions in the city, is is within easy walking distance of the station as is the modern vibrant shopping centre. The recently-transformed Cardiff Bay is also well worth a visit, with this area, the castle, railway station and other tourist attractions all being linked by a regular open-top sightseeing bus.

We return from Cardiff via the Great Western main line, calling at Reading. We rejoin our outward route at Guildford with arrival at most points not too late in the evening as most of our travellers will have had quite an early start!


outward return
Hastings depart, p4 0635
Battle 0650
Etchingham 0705
Tunbridge Wells p2 0732
Tonbridge p1 0748
Edenbridge 0802
Redhill p2 0826
Guildford p3 0857
Woking depart, p2 0914
via Salisbury, Westbury and Bath Spa
Cardiff Central arrive 1225
Cardiff Central depart 1620
via Bristol Parkway, Swindon and Didcot
Reading arrive 1835
Guildford 1919
Redhill 1949
Edenbridge 2012
Tonbridge 2026
Tunbridge Wells 2039
Etchingham 2059
Battle 2113
Hastings arrive 2140


For travel to Cardiff and return from stations listed above, Hastings to Redhill inclusive, the standard fare is £47, or £175 for a bay of four seats; the Club Class fare is £62. If travelling from and back to Guildford, fares are £42 (standard), £155 (bay of four) or £57 (Club Class). There is a £5 supplement for travelling in either power car (see below).

Club Class

Travel at a seat with a table, with refreshments provided throughout the trip plus an evening meal with wine on the way home. Seating is likely to be in a DEMU trailer coach; an additional £5 supplement assures travel in Tunbridge Wells power car.

Power Cars

A £5 supplement should be added to individual (not bay) fares for travel in power cars: Tunbridge Wells (Club Class), or Hastings (standard seating). Capacity is limited.


Our train includes a Buffet Car with bar. A selection of hot and cold snacks and drinks will be available during the trip at reasonable prices. There is also a trolley service.


Smoking is not permitted in any part of our train.

Latest information: 28 August 2002

Club class is full. A few seats remain unbooked elsewhere in the train.

Please note that the train will not call at St. Leonards Warrior Square in either direction.


Please see above for late-booking instructions.