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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Trains are now running every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday (plus Wednesdays in the school May Half Term and Summer Holidays (end of July to end of August)) until the end of September.

Our 2019 timetable has now been published and can be downloaded here or click on the leaflet cover photo.

The next event at the Railway is: Four Days of Steam – over the Easter Weekend (19th-22nd April), trains depart Sittingbourne Viaduct station hourly 11am-4pm all four days. There will be the opportunity to pot a plug plant and decorate a wrap (whilst stocks last) on Good Friday and an Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday.

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 info@sklr.net

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.

2019 Season

2019 Season

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 info@sklr.net

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Our accessibility statement can be found here.