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Real Ale Train (RAT)

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


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

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

New Information - Covid 19

The current pandemic has necessitated changes to the operation of the Real Ale Train.

On arrival at Alton Station, you will be advised where to find your allocated seats on the train.  Please then make your way to the bar vehicle to collect your free pint.  The train will depart at 7.00pm and travel to Alresford Station where there is a 45 minute stop for food, available from the West Country Buffet on the Platform.  The train will then depart for Ropley where it will wait for an hour to allow further visits to the bar vehicle (no access to the bar whilst the train is moving)  We will then return to Alresford where the bar vehicle is detached from the train.  At 10:00 pm we will make our last trip back to Alton Station.

Due to space limitations, the amount of stock we can carry in the bar vehicle has been reduced, we will endeavour to carry a small supply of wine and soft drinks.  Other drinks are available from the Buffet at Alresford during the stop there.

We would prefer contactless payment if possible please.

Customers with existing bookings for the advertised dates will be transferred unless we hear to the contrary.

*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.