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Real Ale Train (RAT)

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

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Demand for some services is high so enter a range of dates and the system will show you available services for each day

Regrettably, we are currently unable to operate these services until further notice.

Enjoy friendly banter as you travel on a steam train drinking local ale!

*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


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 6 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.

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.