Sittingbourne’s Steam Railway would like to apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment caused by the inclement weather on Sunday afternoon and would like to say thank you to the Good Samaritan who rescued our passengers at Sittingbourne Viaduct station.
Sittingbourne suffered an extreme weather event for about two hours from 3.15pm with huge amounts of rain reducing visibility for the locomotive crew to see the line ahead. Kemsley Down experienced flash flooding. As a result, the train service was suspended.
Arrangements were made to return everyone to Sittingbourne Viaduct station, the train leaving at about 4pm.
On arrival at Sittingbourne Viaduct station, it was discovered that the Railway’s approach road, The Wall, was flooded to a depth of 8 to 10 inches at the bottom of the steps. Two cars were dispatched from Kemsley Down to assist passengers but by the time they arrived, someone had kindly ferried most of the passengers back to the car park.
The Railway’s trustees would like to thank this unknown friend and invite them to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can thank them personally.