Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway launches 90th anniversary celebrations - PHOTOS

Contributed by editor on May 18, 2017 - 06:55 PM


By Ray Duff

The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway has launched its 90th anniversary celebrations with a steam  and diesel gala at the weekend.


The Shepway miniature 15 inch gauge steam railway began it's 90th birthday celebrations in fine style last weekend with virtually all its steam locomotives and diesel engines in operation alongside two magnificent visiting steam engines from the Bure Valley railway on the Norfolk Broads.

Top: RHDR's 'Southern Maid' readies Middle: Close up of Southern Maid's footplate Below: One of the refurbished RHDR passenger coaches  Photos: Ray Duff

The RHDR event included an all night running; double headers of steam locos or steam and diesel locos and many extra journeys over the weekend. Staff and management at the railway deserve a hearty well done for their valiant efforts.

Opened in 1927 by Captain Howey, the RHDR line quickly built a reputation and following among locals and visitors alike which has survived through all kinds of events, even wartime, to this day.

Top: The Bure Valley loco 'Wroxham Road' with 'The Boardsman' headboard Middle: The 'Wroxham Road' and RHDR diesel 'Captain Howey' link up Below: The Bure Valley loco ' Blickling Hall' arrives at Hythe  Photos: Ray Duff

The photos taken, some at the weekend event, and some at previous visits this year at Hythe, just show a glimpse of what visitors and travellers can expect to experience this year.

Top: RHDR's 'Hurricane' on the Hythe turntable  Middle: RHDR 'open' carriages Below: RHDR's Diesel 'J.B.Snell'  Photos: Ray Duff

For more anniversary events scheduled for this year see:
RHDR History: Bure Valley Railway info:

Top photo: Dana Wiffen

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