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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We are open every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday until the end of September. The museum is still closed for repairs due to a leaking roof. The Railway Shop has reopened and the Footplate Café now has limited seating available indoors.
From Wednesday 28th July, the ‘normal’ timetable will be in operation:
Wednesday 28th July and all Wednesdays in August, the green timetable will be in operation – trains depart Sittingbourne Viaduct hourly 1-4pm
Every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday in August, the yellow timetable will be in operation – trains depart Sittingbourne Viaduct hourly 11am-4pm
You will still be able to book a compartment (by 5pm the day before travel) for £20 for up to 4 adults and 2 children, however, one coach will be available for turn-up-and-go passengers. Click on the Book Now button.
It may be cheaper to buy a ticket on the day instead, return fares are: adults £7.50, senior citizens £6.50, children (aged 3-15) £3.50, infants are free and family (2 adults and up to 4 children) £21. Compartment tickets are NOT available to buy on the day – pre-booking only.
The timetable leaflet is being updated and will appear here.
We are currently running four fundraising campaigns:
- Milton Regis Viaduct Appeal – due to the extended shutdown caused by COVID-19, we are fundraising to pay for the maintenance of the Viaduct during Winter 2020/21. 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
- through Premier Parts we are offering you the chance to buy components to return steam locomotive Premier to service in 2021 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.
We have received £26,500 from the Government’s #HereForCulture fund to improve Sittingbourne Viaduct station – find out more here.
July at Sittingbourne's Steam Railway
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