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Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway

Steam locomotive Northern Chief on the RH& D Railway passing
through Greatstone  towards  Romney  Sands  station.

For the past 87 years the The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway (RH&DR) has been an integral part of the landscape of the Romney Marsh. Known as “Kent’s Mainline in Miniature”, the one-third full size steam and diesel locomotives have powered their way along the 13½ miles of track from Hythe, terminating in Dungeness. With 4 stations in between, all within walking distance of a beach, the railway provides an opportunity to explore this unique corner of Kent.

The RH&DR is a small gauge  light railway which runs for about 13.5 miles from Hythe via Dymchurch, St. Mary's Bay, New Romney and Romney Sands (for Greatstone) to Dungeness. It is the world's smallest public railway.

Apart from a regular service, the RH&DR has many special events throughout the year, including trips with Thomas the Tank Engine and Steam Driver Experience Days.

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History of the RH&DR

Constructed during the 1920s and opened on 16 July 1927, the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway was the dream of millionaire racing drivers Captain J.E.P. Howey and Count Louis Zborowski. Zborowski had constructed a railway at Higham Park, his home at Bridge, Kent, and agreed to donate the rolling stock and infrastructure to the project.

Zborowski however was killed in a motor racing accident at Monza before the Romney Marsh site was chosen, and Howey continued the project alone.

The RH& DR opened to traffic in 1927 as a 15" gauge (full size) fully working steam railway covering the eight miles from New Romney to Hythe.
In 1928 the railway was extended
southwards from New Romney through Greatstone to Dungeness, but reduced to a single track in 1947.

The war years took their toll, the line being requisitioned by the War Department -  they even created the only miniature armoured train in the world - and was used extensively during the building of PLUTO (Pipe Line Under The Ocean) which fuelled the Allied invasion force.

Further Information

For more information please visit the RH& D Railway website.

RH&DR Rout Map

Video of the RH&D Railway

Dymchurch Station
Dymchurch Station

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