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.

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.

Wherever you see orange text this is a shortcut to another part of the website or other media, for example, to visit the Away Sales Events page click on the orange text.

To find out what’s happening this week see the Latest News section on the right of this page or subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

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.

Trains are running every Sunday until 1st November. A special COVID-19 Timetable will be in operation and pre-booking is essential – book here.

All special events, including Santa Specials are cancelled, we apologise for any disappointment caused. 

Click here to see our updated 2020 Season timetable leaflet.

Click on the leaflet image to download it

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 – we’ve some exciting news!
  • through Premier Parts we are offering you the chance to buy components to return steam locomotive Premier to service in 2021  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.

We have received £26,500 from the Government’s #HereForCulture fund – find out more here.

Trains every Sunday until 1st November

Trains every Sunday until 1st November

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.

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