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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Timetable leaflet cover

Click on the image to see the 2022 Timetable leaflet

Trains are running every Sunday and Bank Holiday until the end of September.

Our 2022 Timetable leaflet is now available to view and download online – click on the image.

Trains will be running on Wednesday:

Trains depart Sittingbourne Viaduct station: 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm

Trains depart Kemsley Down station: 1.35pm, 2.35pm, 3.35pm & 4.45pm

Trains will be running on Sunday:

Trains depart Sittingbourne Viaduct station: 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm

Trains depart Kemsley Down station: 12.05pm, 1.35pm, 2.35pm, 3.35pm & 4.45pm

The journey takes about 15 minutes.

Our return fares are:

  • Adult – £7.50
  • Senior Citizen – £6.50
  • Child (aged 3-15) – £3.50
  • Infants (aged under 3) – free
  • Family (2A + 4C) – £21
  • SKLR Members – free
  • Well behaved dogs – free
  • other fares are available.

Click here for all of the fares.

Click here for the timetable.

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 2022  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.

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

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.

Summer is here!

Summer is here!

Become a member

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

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