Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway
Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway
One of the most famous light railways in Britain, the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway runs 14 miles across Romney Marsh from Hythe to Dungeness. The Dungeness terminus is directly beside the historic Old Lighthouse, a Grade-I listed building on Dungeness shingle beach.

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.