insideKENT Magazine Issue 61 - April 2017 - Page 62

VISITKENT 90th ANNIVERSARY OF THE ROMNEY, HYTHE & DYMCHURCH RAILWAY IN 2017 THE ROMNEY, HYTHE & DYMCHURCH RAILWAY WILL BE CELEBRATING ITS 90TH ANNIVERSARY. TO MARK THIS IMPORTANT AND EXCITING MILESTONE THERE WILL BE VARIOUS AND PLENTIFUL EVENTS ALONG THE 13 1/2 MILE LINE. START YOUR JOURNEY FROM ANY OF THE FIVE STATIONS TO TRAVEL BEHIND A STEAM LOCOMOTIVE ACROSS THE UNIQUE LANDSCAPE OF THE ROMNEY MARSH. PURCHASE A ROMNEY ROVER TICKET FOR ACCESS TO ALL STATIONS ALL DAY. The 90th Anniversary Steam & Diesel Gala will be held on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May and will showcase the very best the Railway has to offer. The ever-popular Gala will include a 90-mile challenge and the return of locomotive No.5 Hercules from intermediate overhaul. Follow on Facebook (RHandDR) for announcements about visiting engines and the unique timetable that will be in operation. Celebrations continue on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th July with the 90th Anniversary Birthday Party. This event honours the numerous people who have played a part in the Railway’s success since it opened to the public in 1927. The Railway will play host to an array of historical content, including events and re-enactments, all led by the Railway’s dedicated Heritage group. Hythe, Dymchurch, New Romney and Dungeness are home to quality souvenir/gift shops that stock limited edition 90th anniversary merchandise alongside an array of giftware and children’s toys. Feeling peckish? Enjoy a full English breakfast in Hythe’s Light Railway Café, a hearty lunch in the Heywood Buffet at New Romney and a ‘seaside’ menu in the End of the Line Restaurant in Dungeness. 62