Real Ale Train (R.A.T.)

Real ale from local breweries on tap on a steam train!

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Quality Local Ales
Our famous Real Ale Train, or RAT as it is affectionately known, 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, including Bowmans, Itchen Valley, Ballards Brewery, Triple fff, Oakleaf, Red Cat and more!

New for 2016!
We have added four Friday RAT's, 2 of which will be hauled by heritage diesel - 20th May and 15th July. 

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.

Full Bar
There is a fully stocked bar selling alcoholic and soft drinks. 

Hot Food
There is a selection of hot food available on board the RAT.  
We politely ask that, with the exception of celebration cakes, only food and drink purchased onboard may be consumed on the RAT.

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).
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!

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.

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