RH & DR

Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway

A day trip – 12 September 2000

RH&DR map

RH&DR map

This page contains photographs from a day trip on the RH&DR. I caught a train from London Victoria to Folkestone and then a taxi to Hythe station. It was at the time of the petrol shortages and I didn’t wish to drive from London. I planned the route so that I could visit every station on the line without having to wait too long at each. This was the timetable:

This page contains photographs from a day trip on the RH&DR. I caught a train from London Victoria to Folkestone and then a taxi to Hythe station. It was at the time of the petrol shortages and I didn’t wish to drive from London. I planned the route so that I could visit every station on the line without having to wait too long at each. This was the timetable:

Journey Time Up/down
Hythe Dep 10.30 Down
New Romney Arr 11.08
New Romney Dep 11.35 Up
St Mary’s Bay Arr 11.44
St Mary’s Bay Dep 11.55 Down
Romney Sands Arr 12.18
Romney Sands Dep 12.18 Down
Dungeness Arr 12.35
Dungeness Dep 13.00 Up
Dymchurch Arr 13.51
Dymchurch Dep 14.51 Up
Hythe Arr 15.10

I have included some photos of stations taken when I was a kid, back in the 70s and early 80s for comparison purposes.

It was a fine, warm day, with few clouds. Perfect for a trip on the smallest public railway in the world! Let’s get going!

Hythe

The north easterly terminus on the RH&DR, Hythe

The north easterly terminus on the RH&DR, Hythe

Inside the terminus. Note the engine release road between the main tracks to allow the engines to be turned around on the turntable. The points are sprung and don't need any controls.

Inside the terminus. Note the engine release road between the main tracks to allow the engines to be turned around on the turntable. The points are sprung and don’t need any controls.

No 14, "Captain Howey", waiting to depart with the 10.30 to Dungeness.

No 14, “Captain Howey”, waiting to depart with the 10.30 to Dungeness.

New Romney

Looking back towards Hythe, with the signal box on the right and the engine shed in the distance

Looking back towards Hythe, with the signal box on the right and the engine shed in the distance

View from the bridge towards Hythe, showing the main lines. On the right is the cafe and the model railway exhibition.

View from the bridge towards Hythe, showing the main lines. On the right is the cafe and the model railway exhibition.

The exterior of New Romney station. This was originally the south westerly terminus before the extension to Dungeness was built.

The exterior of New Romney station. This was originally the south westerly terminus before the extension to Dungeness was built.

St Mary’s Bay

St Mary's Bay station in 2000.

St Mary’s Bay station in 2000.

A similar view in about 1976. Note the much larger covered waiting area on the up line.

A similar view in about 1976. Note the much larger covered waiting area on the up line.

The level crossing at Jefferstone Lane, St Mary's Bay.

The level crossing at Jefferstone Lane, St Mary’s Bay.

No 1, "Green Goddess", arriving to work the 11.55 to Dungeness

No 1, “Green Goddess”, arriving to work the 11.55 to Dungeness

Romney Sands

Two trains are usually standing at Romney Sands station. The line is single track from here to Dungeness, and the driver of the up train hands the single line working token to the driver of the down train. The train on the left is working the 12.18 to Hythe.

Two trains are usually standing at Romney Sands station. The line is single track from here to Dungeness, and the driver of the up train hands the single line working token to the driver of the down train. The train on the left is working the 12.18 to Hythe.

Dungeness

The station buildings at Dungeness, with a rather good cafe.

The station buildings at Dungeness, with a rather good cafe.

"Green Goddess" waits to work the 13.00 service to Hythe, with the new lighthouse in the background. The older lighthouse, out of shot to the right, is open to the public.

“Green Goddess” waits to work the 13.00 service to Hythe, with the new lighthouse in the background. The older lighthouse, out of shot to the right, is open to the public.

Dymchurch

"Green Goddess" works the 13.51 service to Hythe.

“Green Goddess” works the 13.51 service to Hythe.

A view of the present station buildings.

A view of the present station buildings.

After a short stroll into Dymchurch village, and a walk along the sea wall, it was time to return to Dymchurch station to catch the 14.51 to Hythe, and begin the journey back to London. A most enjoyable day!

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