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Real Ale Train (R.A.T.)

Quality Local Ales
The Real Ale Train continues its tradition of serving real ale from a restored bar carriage pulled by a steam locomotive.  We select up to 2 local breweries from Hampshire and the surrounding counties for each train, such as Bowmans, Itchen Valley, Ballards Brewery, Triple fff, Oakleaf, Harveys and more!

Pub Busting Prices!
Train fares are only £15* per person and just £2 per pint!
FREE Pint voucher when booking more than 3 days in advance.
Enjoy two round trips from Alton to Alresford.
*Train fare includes £1 booking fee

Why Not Fill Your Glass?
Purchase one of our exclusive RAT pint glasses as a perfect memento of your great night out on the Watercress Line! These glasses are only available to purchase on the RAT at £5 per pint glass.

Booking Information
Due to the popularity of our RAT's, these trains are advance booking only.
The RAT departs ALTON station 7.20pm, returning to Alton approx 10.30pm (connects with the 10:44pm South West Trains departure from Alton, plus two further services after that).
Other alcoholic beverages, soft drinks and hot food are also available to purchase on board during your journey.
Due to the internal dimensions of our RAT coaches, physically disabled persons can only be accommodated if they are not confined to a wheelchair.

What our Customers Say:
"Just wanted to say a big & heartfelt 8-visitor thank you!

We came down last Saturday, & really enjoyed yet another trip on your unique RAT   We've all been before & recognised the same warmly friendly faces behind the barrels, serving the food & generally welcoming us as guards etc   We appreciate the choosing & setting up of the high quality beers, the logistics of supplying delicious, hot & reasonably priced food, but overall it is such a friendly & relaxed evening with such an enjoyable atmosphere that we can't stay away!

Thus we're along again in late May 2014

Many thanks from all of us, & keep up the splendid work!"


The company does not guarantee that the trains will arrive or depart at the times stated and reserves the right to cancel, alter or suspend any train without notice, or to substitute a different train should this be necessary, for whatever reason.

Booking information

For more than 10 tickets the quantity can be changed in your shopping basket