This week (12-18th February 2024)

New double-door frontage on the shop at Kemsley Down

New double-door frontage on the shop at Kemsley Down

It’s all go at Kemsley Down!

There’s a lot of work being carried out during the Work Weekends. The latest exciting development was the installation of a new shopfront – the new doors are now wheelchair accessible with level entry into the shop. This is part of the shop refurbishment which has seen the inside repaired, rewired and repainted.

Work has been progressing on Coach 204’s rebuild, preparing it for the arrival of the new doors, and Coach 647 is being refurbished – it looks airier than usual without its side panels!

‘Leader’ is currently being painted and cleaned.

If you have any skills or a trade and you would like to offer help, please email – all help gratefully received!

Work Weekends

We will be working from 10am until about 4pm both days this weekend.

If you require picking up from Sittingbourne National Rail station, Sittingbourne Viaduct station or Kemsley Paper Mill car park, please email by 5pm on Friday to arrange a lift as there will not be a Works Train.

Full information can be found here and you are reminded that you will need to bring your own food as there are no shops close by when we are working at Kemsley Down.

Work Weekend dates are as follows:

  • Saturday 17th February – Kemsley Down
  • Sunday 18th February – Kemsley Down
  • Saturday 2nd March – Kemsley Down – to be confirmed
  • Sunday 3rd March – Kemsley Down – to be confirmed
  • Saturday 16th March – Kemsley Down – to be confirmed
  • Sunday 17th March – Kemsley Down – to be confirmed.

Our volunteers are feverishly working at the Railway between Work Weekends. Typically, different teams work on regular days:

Other teams work as necessary, usually on a Wednesday or weekend.

If you are interested in volunteering with one of the teams mentioned above please email and we’ll put you in contact with that team.

Photo of the Week

Here’s a photo from last September when we operated a photo charter. ‘Premier’ takes a mixed passenger and freight train into Sittingbourne Viaduct across Milton Regis Viaduct with homes I the background and industry in the foreground. The train is in colour to make it more visible!

Steam locomotive 'Premier' pulls two wagons and a coach over Milton Regis Viaduct, above the rooftops of the industrial units in the foreground.


Find out more…

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