The Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway
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…’
Please note that our postcode for Sat. Nav. users is ME10 2XD – click here for directions to Sittingbourne Viaduct station.
The car park’s what3words address is: ///format.fits.trains
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.
The Railway is now closed until Santa Specials in December.
Thank you to all our passengers and volunteers for a fantastic 2023 Season.
We will be holding regular Work Weekends to rebuild the platform at Sittingbourne Viaduct and to prepare the Railway for Santa Specials – click here for full details of the Santa Specials.
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
In March, Premier won the prestigious Coiley Award for Steam Locomotive Engineering 2023 – here’s a video about Premier, the Back to the future project and the award.
We have received £26,500 from the Government’s #HereForCulture fund to improve Sittingbourne Viaduct station – find out more here.
Santa Specials at Sittingbourne's Steam Railway
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