Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway

Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway

Black Prince at New Romney

Black Prince at New Romney Station

(Picture: © Copyright Elliott Simpson and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.)

The Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway is renowned for being the Worlds smallest Public Railway. At 15″ in gauge, the line a Mainline in miniature, with double track for most of it’s 13 mile route!

Built by millionaire Captain Jack Howey, and officially opened to the public on 16th of July 1927.

Route

Hythe

The Railway Starts at Hythe, where there is a very mainline feel Terminus. there are Four roads through the station with three platforms, which are half covered by an overall roof, Trains are turned at each end of the line, so there is a Turntable here too.

Dymchurch

Next stop is Dymchurch, this is a simple two track through Station, which the necessity’s such as toilets, shop etc.

St. Mary’s Bay

Moving on, St. Mary’s Bay is next. Great for going to the beach, as it is only a short walk away.

Romney Warren Halt

Onward is Romney Warren Halt, regular trains don’t stop here, as for one reason there is only a platform on the Down line, Shuttle trains regularly run here on special events.

New Romney

Onto the Railways headquarters at New Romney. This is the largest Station on the line and is where the Engine shed and workshops are based. This rather grand station has 4 platforms and no less than seven through Roads, some of which contain stock, when not in use.

One of the most striking things about this station is the Large overall Roof, which spans over six of the seven tracks, and all the platforms. There is also a museum, play area and shop etc.

Romney Sands

A great place to hop off and visit the sandy beaches of Romney. Seating and Ticket Kiosk only at this station.

Dungeness

At Dungeness the line goes into single Track.

The station is on the Balloon loop, this allows trains to run straight back along the line without having to uncouple and turn the engine, there is a cafe and souvenir shop!

There’s not really an awful lot at Dungeness, there it’s Nuclear power station, a Lighthouse, shop and Dungeness Lifeboat Station. But the Train rides the thing… Isn’t it?

Motive Power

The Railway was built to be right-bang-up-to-date with the era, and right-bang-up-to-date was Steam!

The Railway has 5 4-6-2 Pacific’s modelled on the LNER Pacific’s such as the A1s, A2s & A3s!

Two similar locomotives, were built too with a 4-8-2 Wheel arrangement, very sleek looking engines.

The Railway has a variety of other locomotives, ranging in design from American Pacific’s to the more narrow gauge style 0-4-0TT The Bug.

World War II

The Railway was Commandeered by the Army as front line Defence against a German invasion. Mountain 4-8-2 Hercules was fitted out with Armour Plating and two wagons carrying anti-Aircraft machine guns etc, the loco sandwiched in the middle.

There are rumours that it did take down an aircraft!

Today

The Railway is as busy as ever, and holds special events through the year. The galas are very popular, they include parallel running!

Website: http://www.rhdr.org.uk/

Line Length: 13 1/2 miles

Operating Dates: See Website

Operational Locomotives:

  • Greenly 4-6-2 Pacific No. 1 Green Goddess
  • Greenly 4-6-2 Pacific No.2 Northern Chief
  • Greenly 4-6-2 Pacific No.3 Southern Maid
  • Greenly 4-6-2 Pacific No.7 Typhoon
  • Greenly 4-6-2 Pacific No.8 Hurricane
  • Greenly 4-8-2 Mountain No.5 Hercules
  • Greenly 4-8-2 Mountain No.6 Samson
  • Greenly/Richardson 4-6-2 Pacific No.9 Winston Churchill
  • Greenly/Richardson 4-6-2 Pacific No.10 Dr Syn
  • Martens 4-6-2 Pacific No.11 Black Prince
  • Martens 0-4-0T+T Industrial No.4 The Bug
  • RH&DR Bo-Bo Diesel loco No.12 John Southland
  • RH&DR Bo-Bo Diesel loco No.14 Captain Howey

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