The Romney Hythe And Dymchurch Railway
Things To See
These are a few things that have been pointed out to me over the
years, mostly by the Bar Car attendants !!
- DEPARTING FROM HYTHE
If you look at the hillside to the north of the railway you will
see various concrete structures. These are concrete reflectors used
for sound detection during WW2. There are more near Romney Sands
station but these are more or less obscured by recent housing
- DYMCHURCH STATION
The supports for the footbridge originally housed the ladies
and gents toilets. In the playing fields adjacent to the station,
once a year, the locals celebrate the Day of Syn - referring
to Russell Thorndyke's fictional smuggler Dr. Syn from which RHDR
engine number 10 takes its name.
- JEFFERSTONE LANE STATION
The field on the north side of the line was a Royal Flying Corps
airfield in the First World War. The buildings on the south of
the railway were the officers quarters. One of them, The Long
Boat, was home for a while to Edith Nesbit, author of 'The
Railway Children' although she died before the railway
- NEW ROMNEY STATION
Captain Howey's ashes can be found in one of the flower beds
next to the up line.
- BETWEEN ROMNEY SANDS AND DUNGENESS
Once past the 'Pilot' pub look at the cottages between the train
and the sea. The one with
bright yellow woodwork belonged to film director Derek Jarman -
it features a garden dedicated to plants that grow on the beach.
You may notice one with a square tower at the side - originally
this was a false building concealing a PLUTO pumping station in
WW2. If you think some of the long thin cottages with curved
roofs look a bit like old railway wagons, you'd be absolutely
The white stumpy building was the original lighthouse - it just
had a brazier on top. Its successor is open to the public. Take a
pair of binoculars to the top and France can easily be seen
on a clear day. Count the ships in the English Channel and
appreciate what a busy stretch of water this is.
The power stations have a visitors centre with an audio-visual
show. It's a bit propogandist but interesting never the less.
Free guided tours of the newer 'B' station are available. The
reactor hall is a complete anti-climax - clean, quiet, not a
soul to be seen. Just keep thinking - 2,000 megawatts.
Planning Your Visit ¦
Eating, Drinking And Shopping
JR's Snapshots ¦
Working The Bar Car