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“Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway

Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway
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Owner description: City should read New Romney, Kent not Littlestone
Bedford, United Kingdom
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“Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

For the past 88 years the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway has been an integral part of the landscape of the Romney Marsh. Known as “Kent’s Mainline in Miniature”, the World famous one-third full size Steam & Diesel locomotives have powered their way along the 13½ miles of track from the Cinque Port town of Hythe, terminating in Dungeness; a National Nature Reserve and one of the largest shingle landscapes in the world.

With 4 stations in between, all within walking distance of a beach, the railway provides you with an opportunity to explore this unique corner of Kent.

With coast & country walks and all manner of wildlife & flora to be seen, cycle rides, medieval churches and iconic Lighthouses are all on the doorstep.

We boarded our train in Hythe, it was a steam loco by the name of Hercules and sporting an immaculate maroon livery, Hercules hauled the inaugural train from Hythe on the opening day of the line - July 16th 1927. Her condition was close to derelict at this time, but in 1936 renewed ballast traffic saw to it that Hercules was rebuilt for use on this service.

So, by the time that the railway was commandeered by the Army she was fit to find fame as the engine used for the armoured train during World War Two.

Our journey took us through Dymchurch, St Marys Bay New Romney and Romney Sands stations with a stop at Romney Warren Halt to top up the water tanks before arriving at Dungeness, 13½ miles of not the best track in the world but it did add a certain something to the excitement of sitting in a fully enclosed one third size very basic carriage, it served the purpose and we were all protected from the elements – a chilling wind.

Our return journey was part way being hauled by again a one third size diesel locomotive, Captain Howey. Originally delivered in Union Pacific yellow and grey, 'Number 14' was repainted into the blue and cream livery of Eastbourne Buses in 1983 to celebrate their 90th anniversary. The loco received a royal blue and silver livery in time for the Millennium and for her naming ceremony.

'Captain Howey' can often be seen hauling the school train during term-time and is also used for other passenger duties throughout the operating season.

With excellent catering facilities available at some stations, the ever-popular Model Railway Exhibition, 1940’s Museum and Play Park at New Romney Station, good station shops, free car parking and facilities to assist Disabled visitors, RH&DR is the perfect any-weather, all-generations great day out in my opinion, we certainly enjoyed it and I’m sure you will if you venture down that way….

Visited September 2016
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“Fantastic Steam Experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the railway on a very cold day between Christmas and New Year with friends and family and it was a great day for all. The steam trains are in fantastic order and the staff are so helpful and full of knowledge to answer all the questions we had. We travelled from Dymchurch to Dungeness Power Station. We had a lovely lunch in the Station Cafe and the quality of the food was very good along with the service. If you love steam trains you will really enjoy visiting this railway.

Visited December 2016
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Kent, United Kingdom
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“very disappointed with new cafe experience at Dungeness.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been coming to the railway for many years and our train ride yesterday, 2/1/17, as unique was ever. In recent years we have made a point of coming at New Year for a treat of fish and chips. We were very disappointed to arrive at around 12pm at Dungeness to be told we could only have chips, stew or sandwiches as they had a party booked. At times on previous visits the old café has been very busy so we thought with the new build and more seating this would not no longer be a problem. We went to the nearby pub where we spent more but at least we had a friendly welcome and they delivered what was on the menu. Booked parties should not take president over those turning up on the day. I feel sad to write this negative review as our experiences over the years has been very good but we do feel the railway lost some of its friendly charm yesterday.

Visited January 2017
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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“Magical visit to Father Christmas”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went as a family (4 adults and 1 three year old). Wonderful ride on the train, well organised event at the other end, with Santa arriving on a steam train for all the kids to see, and then groups split up to avoid congestion with refreshments (mulled wine, sausage roll and mince pie per person) all included in the price. Museum was worth a browse around and then a lovely visit to Santa. Opportunity to buy a photo of the event, but no hard sell at all. In fact the whole thing was so un-commercialised it was wonderful. Fake snow was blasted off the roof of the cafe/museum which our 3 yr old was so excited by. All in all the whole family loved it, not just our daughter. I would highly recommend it.

Visited December 2016
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“Santa special”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went on the Santa special today and we all had a fantastic time. The children's faces when they saw Santa arrive on his sleigh, pulled by The Bug train was magical. This was matched by exicement when it started to 'snow'. The whole event was very well run and all staff made the event enjoyable. I have been on other Santa Specials at other railways but this was by far the best.

Visited December 2016
Thank Mark S
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