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Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway (RH&DR)

Steam locomotive Northern Chief on the RH&DR


The Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway (RH&DR) is a small gauge  light railway which runs for about 13.5 miles from Hythe via Dymchurch, St. Mary's Bay, New Romney and Romney Sands (for Greatstone) to Dungeness.

Dymchurch is served by Dymchurch Station, about 5 mins walk from the High Street. The station is located in Station Road, off Mill Road which leads off the roundabout at the south end of the High Street.
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Apart from a regular service, the RH&DR has many special events throughout the year, including trips with Thomas the Tank Engine and Steam Driver Experience Days

RH&DR Stations


click here for the train times, together with full details of train fares and times at all stations and special events

History of the RH&DR

The RH& DR opened to traffic in 1927 as a 15" gauge (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 reduced to a single track in 1947.

The line was requisitioned in World War Two by the War Department. Amongst other defensive uses, they even created the only miniature armoured train in the world. It was also used extensively during the building of PLUTO (Pipe Line Under The Ocean) (Website Icon more information) which fuelled the Allied invasion force.


Dymchurch Station
Dymchurch Station as seen from the station footbridge


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