Tuesday, 30 August 2016

RH&DR Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway

On day four we decided to visit the RH&DR Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway. This is “a 15-inch gauge working railway with a fine fleet of one-third scale steam and diesel locomotives.” The line had an important part to play in the WW2. “The line was requisitioned by the War Department which created the world’s only miniature armoured train. In 1944 the line was used extensively during the building of PLUTO (Pipe Line Under The Ocean) which fuelled the Allied invasion force into Normandy.”

Whilst we enjoyed our day spent riding the rails I found it limited photographically. The first third of the one hour journey runs between the back gardens of the houses, so there is very little to see. The remainder of the journey you find that because you are very low down the view is limited by the tall grass. Not until you get to the Dungeness area do the views improve. That said the staff and the volunteers are so helpful and polite that it made the day a pleasure. 

RH&DR Hythe Station

Built in 1925 by Davey Paxman & Co
Green Goddess

Steam loco ready to start the journey
Green Goddess

Made by the Yorkshire Engine Company1931
Dr Syn

© Lionel Callow 2016