Jonnie Wesson has recently been appointed new General Manager at the Spa Valley Railway visitor attraction which runs from Eridge to Tunbridge Wells.
Jonnie joined the heritage railway as a volunteer aged 13 and now, at just 23, even owns part of one of the railway’s diesel engines!
As General Manager, one of Jonnies primary aims will be to focus on increasing revenue and visitor numbers at the attraction. Visitor numbers currently stand at 30,000 per year.
It’s a privilege to be offered the position of General Manager at such a young age and I’m very proud to have the opportunity to lead the railway into the
future. The railway has a passionate team of volunteers and together we will work towards significantly increasing our visitor numbers to provide a secure future for the Spa Valley Railway. I would like to see the railway appeal to all ages and plan to encourage more on-board dining experiences and continue with our full events programme.
The railway benefits from being accessible from the Southern rail network and on days when the Spa Valley Railway is open, visitors travelling on the Sothern network can alight at Eridge station and cross over to the heritage railway to experience a steam train journey.
When travelling on the Spa Valley Railway passengers can choose to explore the High Weald by alighting at any of the stations including West Station in Tunbridge Wells, High Rocks, Groombridge and Eridge. Discounts are offered for train travel combined with tickets to view the High Rocks ancient sandstone outcrops opposite the High Rocks Inn or Groombridge Place visitor attraction in the village of Groombridge.