Road meets Rail

Traditional steam fair featuring working traction engine displays, miniature engines, goods trains and a steam driven children’s fair.

Our 2021 Road meets Rail event will be taking place 17 – 18 July.

The first event of 2021, our Road meets Rail working steam event returns! Featuring working traction engines – come and see what these powerful giants were actually designed for.

Step back in time for a weekend of steam powered demonstrations and vintage fairground fun. Traction engines, road rollers, steam wagons, showman’s engines, crane engines and more – bringing Horsted Keynes station to life with recreations of a bygone age.

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We bring road steam and rail steam together for a weekend of enjoyment and interest, suitable for all ages! See how road building, wood sawing, timber haulage and lifting were carried out in the early 1900s. Experience fairground rides powered by a Showman’s engine.  Watch as deliveries are made to the station by steam wagon, traction engine and pantechnicon. Steam hauled passenger trains will be passing through the station and a goods train will be shunting in and out amid the activity!

Enjoy an ice cream or hog roast in the paddock or visit the beer tent to sample some popular Sussex ales.

Flat caps optional!

And if you fancy dressing up for the event, feel free to don some workwear, 1920’s gear or a farmer’s smock and immerse yourself fully in the vintage atmosphere of the weekend. We’ll be keeping an eye out for the best outfits…

On the Saturday, visitors to the event will be able to extend their day long into the warm summer evening and enjoy live classic rock at Horsted Keynes, provided by Sussex band, The Magpies. The bar will be open and for those with train travel tickets, a late service will operate to get people back to East Grinstead and Sheffield Park.

Both travel and event only tickets will be available, so bring the whole family for a fantastically steam-filled day out!