Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway
The Railway will reopen to the public on Wednesday 5th August, then trains will run every Sunday and Wednesday plus the bank holiday Monday in August. A special COVID-19 Timetable will be in operation. All special events, including Santa Specials are cancelled, we apologise for any disappointment caused.
Track down the history of Sittingbourne with a journey on the town’s steam railway, the town’s last remaining link to its paper-making heritage. The Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway takes visitors on a fascinating journey from the urban environment of the town across a mile-long viaduct, through the marshes of a country park to Kemsley Down where a working paper mill still exists.
At Kemsley Down Station, discover the gardens, picnic area, railway shop, café and museum where you can learn about the history of the railway.
The railway was built to serve the paper-making industry in the area. It was used to move both goods and workers between the wharf at Sittingbourne, where raw materials arrived by boat, to Kemsley, which was at one time the largest paper mill in Europe. With no paper mill in Sittingbourne anymore, the railway offers a real taste of the area’s history. Unlike many other light railways, Sittingbourne and Kemsley has managed to preserve both the narrow gauge railway and the original trains which were used on it, giving an authentic experience of how it was first designed and used.
You can travel by mainline Southeastern services to Sittingbourne Railway Station, which is a short walk away from the Sittingbourne Viaduct station, where you can board one of The Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway trains.
The Railway will reopen to the public on Wednesday 5th August, then trains will run every Sunday and Wednesday plus the Bank Holiday Monday in August a special COVID-19 Timetable.
More information at http://www.sklr.net/timetable-fares/special-events/covid-19-timetable/
Tickets on sale Monday 20th July 8am.
Note: The return journey will take 75 minutes
Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs and Registered Assistance Dogs welcome
Restaurant / Cafe / Tea shop
We will be selling tickets online only - see website for fares.