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Full-steam ahead for Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway's 90th anniversary celebrations

By Sean Axtell

It was full-steam ahead when celebrations abound in a special event to mark the 90th anniversary of south Kent’s heritage railway.

Richard Down and Anthony Crowhurst from Crowhurst Engineering, which worked on the original engines, and still does
Richard Down and Anthony Crowhurst from Crowhurst Engineering, which worked on the original engines, and still does

Guests, dressed in traditional get-up gathered on Saturday to commemorate the 1927 opening of the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, affectionately known as the “Romney.”

These scenes show the re-enactment of the inaugural opening, where those who played a part in the Romney’s success were honoured.

A special working timetable, live 1920s jazz, workshops, a photo exhibition and locomotive displays played out over the weekend, also coinciding with the launch of the railway’s latest book, Romney – Then and Now.

Adam Baxter and Charlie, 4, enjoy a ride
Adam Baxter and Charlie, 4, enjoy a ride

Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway is a heritage railway, running from Hythe to Dungeness.

Dave Staddon, gardener at Hythe dead-heads one of the baskets
Dave Staddon, gardener at Hythe dead-heads one of the baskets

With an all day ticket, you can explore the landmarks along the way as exploring a number of beaches along the way.

To book tickets call 01797 362353, and visit the website www.rhdr.org.uk/ for more information.

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