We’re steaming towards re-opening. The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway have been carefully following the latest Government advice and guidance to leisure facilities and will plan to re-open on Monday 12th April 2021.
RH&DR will be continuing with our enhanced range of health and safety measures to protect our passengers and teams. These measures include Perspex screens between each carriage compartment, one way systems around our catering outlets and gift shops, social distancing markers and more.
RH&DR are proud to be awarded the ‘Safe Travels’ accreditation from the World Travel & Tourism Council.
Find out more about we’re ‘Steaming Safely’ here: https://www.rhdr.org.uk/health-and-safety/
Pre-booking will be essential to avoid disappointment: https://www.rhdr.org.uk/timetables/.
Our world-famous steam locomotives will still be the same, but our journeys will be a little different.
From July to December 2020 we successfully ran trains with the enhanced health and safety measures in place. Passengers continued to give us excellent reviews assuring us that we were maintaining our usually high standards. See the latest reviews here: https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g1166969-d266676-Reviews-Romney_Hythe_and_Dymchurch_Railway-New_Romney_Kent_England.html
In addition to the enhancements mentioned we’ll be running trial steam train journeys on some weekends in March and April to familiarise the drivers with the new timetable allowing us to be confident in a safe re-opening. Please note that access to the stations will remain unavailable but if you spot us steaming around on your daily walk – give us a wave!
Re-opening week locomotives
The steam locomotives chosen for ‘Back on Track: re-opening week’ are locomotive number 2, Northern Chief, locomotive number 3, Southern Maid, locomotive number 6, Samson and locomotive number 9, Winston Churchill.
We’d like to thank all of our fans who have shown so much support over the past 12 months. Whether you’ve brought a ‘Supporters’ item (https://rhdr.vticket.co.uk/section.php/23/1/support-us), helped us to fundraise (https://www.rhdr.org.uk/fundraising/) or simply provided motivation and a positive message for us online, we’re hugely thankful.
We’d also like to thank the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport, National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England for awarding us funds from the Culture Recovery Fund which has allowed us to continue with several projects such as station and track maintenance during our temporary closure period.
Thank you to the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway Association and their members for the continued support of the railway. In particular, we’d like to thank them for the financial contribution from the Winter Works Fund which has helped us to maintain our track and retain the unique skills of our staff over the winter months.