Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
At New Romney there is a miniature version of the mainline system and a Model Railway Exhibition. See historic engines and carriages being maintained, both steam and petrol-driven versions.
The railway opened to the public in 1927, when it was advertised as the smallest public railway in the world. The railway was created by JEP Howey and Count Louis Zborowski, owner of the real Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Mercedes racing car. They had special purpose-built engines built to haul carriages on a route from Hythe and New Romney.
The route was later extended to Dungeness. So popular was the railway that it soon had to use 9 locomotives to handle all the visitors. The line was used by the military during WWII when it featured the only miniature armoured train in the world.
Following the war, the railway scaled back to its original two locomotives, but the regular journeys across Romney Marsh continue today, allowing visitors to experience this wonderfully scenic area in an unforgettable way. The trip takes in 7 stations; Hythe, Dymchurch, St Mary's Bay, Romney Warren Halt, New Romney, Romney Sands, and Dungeness.
About Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway
Address: New Romney, Kent, England, TN28 8PL
Attraction Type: Family Attraction
Location: Off the A259 at New Romney
Website: Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway
Photo Credit: Kenneth Yarham, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Dymchurch Martello Tower - 3.3 miles (Historic Building)
Dungeness Old Lighthouse - 5.2 miles (Historic Building)
Fairfield, St Thomas Becket Church - 6.7 miles (Historic Church)
Horne's Place Chapel - 8.1 miles (Historic Building)
Westenhanger Castle and Barns - 8.3 miles (Castle)
Rye Art Gallery - 9.9 miles (Museum)
Rye Castle Museum - 9.9 miles (Museum)
Lamb House - 10 miles (Historic Building)
Nearest Accommodation to Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway:
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