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. In 2020 we are celebrating 50 years of public trains – in fact, we’re bringing back an old favourite event – Wild West Weekend in September!
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 series of very short videos showing you ‘What to expect…’ – these will be updated to reflect the current COVID-19 Timetable arrangements.
The Railway will reopen to the public on Wednesday 5th August, then trains will run every Sunday and Wednesday plus the bank holiday Monday in August. A special COVID-19 Timetable will be in operation and pre-booking is essential.
All special events, including Santa Specials are cancelled, we apologise for any disappointment caused.
Click here to see our updated 2020 Season timetable leaflet.
If you would like to talk trains with someone, to break the monotony of lockdown, why not join the Virtual Steam-Up every Wednesday 4-6pm on Zoom until the end of July.
We are currently running four fundraising campaigns:
- Milton Regis Viaduct Appeal – due to the extended shutdown caused by COVID-19, we are fundraising to pay for the maintenance of the Viaduct during Winter 2020/21. This costs the Railway £25,000 every two years and comes from fares, sales and catering so this year we have launched this fundraiser
- 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 2XD – click here for directions to Sittingbourne Viaduct station.
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.
We will be reopening in August
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