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 download a copy of the SKLR Timetable 2016 click on the orange text.

We are currently running two fundraising campaigns – the SOS Campaign is raising money to improve facilities at Sittingbourne Viaduct station and the Sponsor-A-Tube Campaign is raising money to return steam locomotive Premier to service, in as close to original condition as possible.

2015 Santa ad

2015 Season trailer

2015 Season trailer

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.