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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The Railway is now closed until Sunday 5th April.
We are carrying out fortnightly Work Weekends on 11/12 & 25/26 January, 8/9 & 22/23 February and 7/8 & 21/22 March. Everyone’s welcome to come along to help out – we have a lot of work to carry out this autumn and winter, including a new wheelchair-accessible toilet block and getting steam locomotives Premier and Superb back in service, also there’s work to be carried out on the track, buildings, carriages, wagons and gardens.
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 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.