Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway (RH&DR)
Hythe Dymchurch St Mary's Bay Romney Warren New Romney Romney Sands Dungeness
88 years of Steam Railway Heritage set against the backdrop of some of Kent’s most picturesque countryside is what makes a journey on the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway a totally unique experience and is why this Heritage Railway is one of Kent’s Top Visitor Attractions.
The Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway is proud to operate the most complete collection of one third full size Steam Locomotives in the world, running on tracks just 15inches apart.
13½ miles of track stretch across the picturesque Romney Marsh from the Cinque Port town of Hythe to Dungeness; one of the largest expanses of shingle in the world & designated as a National Nature Reserve.
Six Stations span the length of the line which takes just over an hour to complete on most services. The majority of our stations are within walking distance of clean beaches, amusements for the children, shops, nature walks, cycling paths or at Dungeness, the Old Lighthouse.
New Romney station is the railways headquarters and where you will find our excellent Model Railway Exhibition.
The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway has been awarded a
Certificate of Excellence by Tripadvisor
Video of the RH&D Railway
We have three cafes: one at New Romney station and one at Dungeness station which are both licensed to sell alcoholic drinks and the Light Railway café which is adjacent to our station at Hythe. They all serve freshly cooked main meals, pies and pasties, sandwiches, cakes, hot and cold beverages. All three have pleasant outdoor seating areas. Within our station building at Hythe, you will find the Greenly Coffee Shop, from which you can purchase take-away drinks, panini’s, cakes etc. It also has a small seating area.
For our Diary of Events, Timetable information, fares or to visit our online shop please go to the RH&DR website or call our friendly sales team on 01797 362353.
History of the RH&DR
The RH&DR was the culmination of the dreams of two men; Captain J. E. P. Howey — a sometimes racing driver, millionaire land owner, former Army Officer and miniature railway afficionado and Count Louis Zborowski — eminently well-known racing driver of his day
(famous for owning and racing the Chitty Bang Bang Mercedes) and considerably richer, even, than Howey.
The Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway was constructed during the 1920s and opened on 16 July 1927. Zborowski had constructed a railway at Higham Park, his home at Bridge, Kent, and agreed to donate the rolling stock and infrastructure to the project.
Zborowski however was killed in a motor racing accident at Monza before the Romney Marsh site was chosen, and Howey continued the project alone.
The RH& DR opened to traffic in 1927 as a 15" gauge (⅓ full size) fully working steam railway covering the eight miles from New Romney to Hythe. In 1928 the railway was extended southwards from New Romney through Greatstone to Dungeness, but it was reduced to a single track in 1947.
The war years took their toll, the line being requisitioned by the War Department - they even created the only miniature armoured train in the world - and was used extensively during the building of PLUTO (Pipe Line Under The Ocean) which fuelled the Allied invasion force.
For more information please visit the RH&D Railway website.
Leaving New Romney Station