Emerald Express

  • Guests 5
  • Beds 3
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathroom 1


Make some memories at this unique and family-friendly place.‘Emerald Express’ newspaper van, which was one of many used in the South of England to deliver the news each day hot off the press from Fleet Street.

Built just before the Second World War by the Southern Railway, each night these trains would leave London Victoria, Waterloo or London Bridge for the south coast full of the day’s news, until the mid-1980s when vans and lorries took over the job instead. After a painstaking restoration, and with panoramic views, it’s now ready to work the night shift again for your staycation.
Emerald Express caters for up to five guests. It has one double bedroom, one bedroom with a double bed and a single bunk above, a family shower room, a full kitchen with induction hob, oven and fridge freezer and an open plan lounge and dining area with a Smart TV. You’ll get the best view of the Kent & East Sussex Railway Line from the elevated balcony.

Gas central heating will keep you nice and warm in the winter months.

A travel cot and a high chair can also be provided for the little ones.

Allocated parking for up to two cars is available directly outside.

You will have full access to the entire space

We will be available should you need us.

We are located in the beautiful Rother Valley on the Kent and East Sussex border in Northiam.

Located near Bodiam, Tenterden, Rye and Hastings, the carriages provide a fantastic base for you to explore the local countryside and coast with attractions and activities to suit everyone.

The carriages are situated within Northiam Steam Railway Station, a working station on the Kent and East Sussex Railway line. You don’t even need to leave the carriages to get the full railway experience as the steam trains will pull up at the station just over 20ft away.

We have painstakingly given some wonderful, care-worn rolling stock an exciting new life as modern, clean, inviting bases for you to relax in. We carry out as much of the work ourselves as we can, transforming the interiors into unique quirky spaces. The exteriors are painted in period colours and we retain as many original features as possible.

We recommend that you arrive by car and there is plenty of parking at the property. The nearest mainline train stations are Rye and Hastings with connecting buses to Northium.

£108 /night


  • Antiquing
  • Balcony
  • Bird watching
  • Cable TV
  • Car recommended
  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Contactless Check-In/Out
  • Cooking basics
  • Dining table
  • Electric kettle
  • Essentials
  • Family
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Free parking
  • Free Wifi
  • Freezer
  • Hangers
  • Heating
  • Historic
  • Hot water
  • Internet
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Linens
  • Long term stays allowed
  • Museums
  • Outdoor dining
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Oven
  • Private entrance
  • Private living room
  • Refrigerator
  • Romantic
  • Rural
  • Shower
  • Single level home
  • Smart TV
  • Smoke detector
  • Stove
  • Suitable for children
  • Suitable for infants
  • Toaster
  • Toilet
  • Towels
  • TV
  • Veranda
  • Village
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Wine glasses
  • Winery tours
  • Wireless
No Check-in