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Real Ale Train (RAT)*

Join us on-board the RAT for real ale on tap*

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Enjoy friendly banter as you travel on a steam train drinking local ale! 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. Your on-board experience is approximately three and a half hours long.

*Pub Busting Prices*
Train fares are only £16 per person and just £3 per pint!
FREE Pint voucher when booking more than 3 days in advance

Review from The Kiwi Has Landed

RAT services for 2020 will start and finish at Alton Station.

The RAT departs ALTON station 7.00pm, returning to Alton approx 10.30pm (connects with the 10:44pm South Western Railways departure from Alton, plus one further service after that).


Reserve a compartment Compartments can hold up to 8 people and would be exclusively yours for the evening for only £55. Limited availability so first come, first served. Available to book as an ADDITIONAL SUPPLEMENT when purchasing your tickets.

Why not fill your glass? Purchase an exclusive RAT pint glass as a perfect memento of your great night out - these glasses are only available to purchase on the RAT at £6 per pint glass.

Full Bar It's not just about ale - we also sell wine, cider, spirits, mixers and soft drinks.  We regret that we are unable to accept credit or debit cards on the RAT - Cash bar only.

Hot Food Curry, chilli, burgers and hot dogs as well as a vegetarian option will be available from the West Country Buffet at Alresford Station during your stop over there.


 Booking Information

  • Due to the popularity of our RATs, these trains are advance booking only.

  • Unfortunately our RAT does not have the capacity to hold wheelchairs, but you are welcome to leave these at the station. Ramps are available for use and staff can help visitors board the train when needed. If you have any questions regarding accessibility on the RAT please call us on 01962 733810.
  • To drink alcohol on our RAT you must be 18+ years

  • Cancellations: We regret that there can be no refund for ‘no show’ customers. Cancellations notified in writing, at least four weeks before the booked date will be refunded less a £10 admin fee; shorter notice cancellations are not entitled to a refund but the company will try to re-sell the tickets. If a purchaser is found then the cost, less an administration charge of £10, will be refunded.

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.