The Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway

This unique line was built in 1905 for the transportation of the raw materials required for the manufacture of paper and, of course, the finished product. The line which is built to a gauge of 2′ 6″, continues to use the steam engines and rolling stock that were supplied to operate the railway in its working life prior to preservation in 1969 – fifty years ago this year.

How many other railways can claim that they operate the original engines on part of the original line with original rolling stock? The staff are not original but are all volunteers and new members are always welcome.

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Check out our new series of videos showing you ‘What to expect…’

Our 2019 timetable can be downloaded here or click on the leaflet cover photo.

Trains are now running every Sunday until the end of September.

The next event at the Railway is our End of Season Gala Weekend on 28/29th September.

You can now book our Santa Specials trains, click here to see the latest booking information, unfortunately we are unable to provide online booking – just call 01795 428269 to book.

In 2017, we joined the Wheels of Time initiative to encourage children aged 5 to 11 to visit and explore heritage sites across Kent to earn exclusive badges and Kent Children’s University credits and we are offering this again this year.

Wheels of Time has expanded again to include more museums and heritage sites, including Elham Valley Railway Museum which houses the magnificent scale model of Cheriton Eurotunnel terminal, a replica signal box and its own miniature railway.

Children complete a free activity sheet and search Kemsley Down for the answers, it will be available throughout this season and requires a visit of at least two hours to complete.

We are currently running four fundraising campaigns:

  • the SOS Campaign is raising money to improve facilities at Sittingbourne Viaduct station
  • through Premier Parts we are offering you the chance to buy components to return steam locomotive Premier to service in 2020 for the Railway’s Golden Anniversary of Public Trains, in as close to original condition as possible
  • the Alpha Fund to raise money to cosmetically restore Alpha ahead of full restoration in the late 2020s by today’s younger members.

Please note that our postcode for Sat. Nav. users is ME10 2XDclick here for directions to Sittingbourne Viaduct station.

Group travel and private hire can be arranged in advance, follow the shortcuts or email

We will try to run to the timetable, on the days shown and use steam locomotives but reserve the right to change these for operational reasons, without notice.

Summer of Steam

Summer of Steam

Become a member

If you would like to become a member and help us in our task you can download a membership form from the membership section of this site or contact us by email at


Our accessibility statement can be found here.