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.

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Check out our series of very short videos showing you ‘What to expect…’ 

Please note that our postcode for Sat. Nav. users is  ME10 2XDclick here for directions to Sittingbourne Viaduct station. The car park’s what3words address is: ///format.fits.trains

Group travel and private hire can be arranged in advance, follow the shortcuts or email or call 01795 424899.

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.

To see our 2024 Timetable, click on the cover and you will be taken to the PDF version which you can save or print.

Sunday 7th July 2024

Our normal timetable will be in operation this Sunday – trains depart Sittingbourne Viaduct station at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm.

Steam locomotive ‘Premier’ will be hauling the trains for the 15-minute journey to Kemsley Down where our shop, Footplate Café and museum.

Usual fares apply – click here for details.

Pre-booking is available through TicketSource or you can pay on the day at the Ticket Office.

Click on the event icons below for more information on upcoming events.

We are currently running these fundraising campaigns:

  • Let’s put the B back in Superb. – we are fundraising to repair and reinstall Superb’s boiler
  • Milton Regis Viaduct Appeal – we are fundraising to pay for the maintenance of the Viaduct during Winter 2022/23. This costs the Railway £25,000 every two years and comes from fares, sales and catering and this fund-raising appeal
  • the SOS Campaign is raising money to improve facilities at Sittingbourne Viaduct station – we are now raising money for a new platform
  • the Alpha Fund to raise money to cosmetically restore Alpha ahead of full restoration in the late 2020s by today’s younger members

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

Steam & Beer (& Diesel) 2024

Steam & Beer (& Diesel) 2024

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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

We’re a member of Visit Swale, find out more about Sittingbourne and Swale by clicking on the logo.

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