Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway
We are open every Sunday until the end of September. The museum is still closed for repairs due to a leaking roof. The Railway Shop has reopened and the Footplate Café now has limited seating available indoors.
Every Sunday, the green timetable will be in operation – trains depart Sittingbourne Viaduct hourly 1-4pm – until 19th September.
There’s no need to be book in advance but you are still be able to book a compartment (by 5pm the day before travel) for £20 for up to 4 adults and 2 children, however, one coach will be available for turn-up-and-go passengers. Click on the Book Now button. You will not be able to book in advance for the End of Season Gala Weekend.
It may be cheaper to buy a ticket on the day instead, return fares are: adults £7.50, senior citizens £6.50, children (aged 3-15) £3.50, infants are free and family (2 adults and up to 4 children) £21. Compartment tickets are NOT available to buy on the day – pre-booking only.
It is our End of Season Gala Weekend on Saturday/Sunday 25/26th September with frequent trains from 11am both days. We will have several stands at Kemsley Down, steam & diesel trains and the Crafty Camper bar!
The timetable leaflet is here.
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.
Check SKLR website for the latest timetable information
Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs and Registered Assistance Dogs welcome
Restaurant / Cafe / Tea shop
Check SKLR website for ticket options or book in advance at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/sittingbourne-kemsley-light-railway