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

We are open every Sunday 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.

Every Sunday, the green timetable will be in operation – trains depart Sittingbourne Viaduct hourly 1-4pm – until 19th September.

There’s no need to be book in advance but you are 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. You will not be able to book in advance for the End of Season Gala Weekend.

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.  

It is our End of Season Gala Weekend on Saturday/Sunday 25/26th September with frequent trains from 11am both days. We will have several stands at Kemsley Down, steam & diesel trains and the Crafty Camper bar!

The timetable leaflet is here.


Santa Specials are back this year and you can book your tickets online right now!

Special fares apply – adults get seasonal refreshments and children choose a gift from Santa’s selection of quality gifts in his grotto.

Click on the Book Now button above to go to the TicketSource booking page.

Saturday 18th December is fully booked but there are plenty of spaces on all other dates.

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 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
  • 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 2XDclick here for directions to Sittingbourne Viaduct station.

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

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.

September at Sittingbourne's Steam Railway

September at Sittingbourne's Steam Railway

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