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.

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The Railway is operating Santa Specials, every December weekend until Christmas, pre-booking is essential. See this page for more information, including the booking form, booking status and a video of what to expect.

Last season 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. 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 Defibrillator Appeal is raising money to fund two defibrillators, one for each station, to provide life saving time whilst an ambulance is en route to the casualty, both stations are fairly remote so it could save a life – we’ve raised enough money to buy one, only one more to go!
  • the SOS Campaign is raising money to improve facilities at Sittingbourne Viaduct station
  • the Premier Stay Campaign is raising money to return steam locomotive Premier to service, 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.

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.

Santa Specials 2018

Santa Specials 2018

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


We still have some way to go to safeguard the whole of the line and our SOS Campaign will continue.

Donations to our Campaign can be made by visiting or by sending a cheque made payable to SKLR to SOS Campaign, P.O.Box 300, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 2DZ.