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Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway

Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway

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New Romney, Kent TN28 8PL

13½ miles

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www.rhdr.org.uk

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15 inch

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First opened to traffic in July 1927 as the 'World's Smallest Public Railway' and now covering a distance of 13½ miles on Romney Marsh from the picturesque Cinque Port of Hythe, near the channel tunnel, to the fisherman's cottages and lighthouses at Dungeness.

When the Railway first opened it connected with the Southern Railway at three points. Hythe (other end of town), New Romney (across the road) and Dungeness. With the reduction of passenger rail traffic these points eventually closed leaving the "Romney" alone on the Marsh.

The Railway was the brainchild of Captain John E P Howey and Count Louis Zbrowski both motor racing men who wanted to build a main line in miniature. Sadly before plans got underway Count Zbrowski was killed racing at Monza in 1924. With the help of Henry Greenly, Howey built what is now the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway. After Howey's death in September 1963 the Railway went through an uncertain period changing hands and eventually in February 1972 was taken over by the present company.

Much improved today the Railway runs a regular daily service from April to September with ever increasing services at weekends throughout the rest of the year. Visit the Railway website for full details.