Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway
Published: Monday 10th Feb 2014
Written by: Carol Attwell
The beautiful coastal town of Hythe is well worth a visit when exploring Kent, the stunning coastline is a great place to explore anytime of the year and what better way to discover what’s around you than on the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway.
The train from Hythe makes a total of 4 stops chugging through 13 ½ miles of track to finally find its resting place at Dungeness, which is home to one of the largest shingle expanses in Europe and makes for a beautiful place to encounter.
The quaint little railway has been standing proud in the Romney Marsh for over 87 years and is a great way to view all that the stunning countryside has to offer. The train and carriages are 1/3 of the size of steam locomotives and with a fleet of 14 they are a brilliant day out for all the family. All of the staff that work there do it for their love of the spectacular locomotives and they’re always friendly and very knowledgeable.
The train named ‘Basil - The Bug’ is a favourite with children, nearly being sold for scrap metal in the 1950’s she was rescued and restored and now proudly carries passengers along the track all year round. For any child who loves trains there is also the Bug Club which they can join for £7 a year, this includes a newsletter of regular updates with what’s going on in the railway, reduced rates of travel and more.
The RomneyRover ticket is £16 for adults and £8 for children and allows you to truly make the most of your surroundings as its all day and you can get off at all stations. For those who get slightly peckish during the journey you can stop off at the various cafes they have along the route offering yummy snacks and refreshing drinks. There’s also a Model Railway Exhibition you can pay a visit to and with the RomneyRover ticket entry is free.
They even offer courses that let you drive the train yourself so there’s definitely lots for all the family to see and do! For more information call 01797 362353.