Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway: Take a magical journey aboard an illuminated Santa Claus train in Kent this Christmas


A magical illuminated steam train will roll through Kent this Christmas, taking passengers on an exciting journey through the beautiful Kent countryside.

The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway has been offering its popular Santa Specials trains since 1981 and the core of the experience remains much the same 40 years later.

Visitors will be treated to a spectacular train ride from the small town of New Romney, on the edge of Romney Marsh, to the picturesque coastal market town of Hythe.

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The ride will also include a magical visit to Santa Claus in his cave, where children aged 1 to 15 will receive a gift depending on their age.

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Guests will also be treated to seasonal refreshments and a visit to the Model Railroad Exhibit in New Romney before the start of the train journey.

Each child will also receive a free activity sheet to keep them occupied throughout the train ride.

And to celebrate their 40th year of transporting passengers to see Santa Claus, the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railroad will be offering bonus rides at Hythe.

Locomotive no. 4, dubbed The Bug, which traditionally pulled only Santa Claus, will be pulling coaches this year specially so families can run the full length of the platform.

Guests are advised to wrap themselves warm and bring blankets for added comfort during the train journey.

The slots still available include 3 p.m. and 4:20 p.m. on November 27 and 28, 4:20 p.m. on December 4 and 3 p.m. or 4:20 p.m. on December 21, 22 and 23.

Illuminated Santa Special train will travel from New Romney to Hythe
Illuminated Santa Special train will travel from New Romney to Hythe

The Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway has been an integral part of Romney Marsh’s landscape since 1927.

Known as “Kent’s Mainline in Miniature”, the world-famous full-size one-third steam and diesel locomotives covered the 13 and a half miles of track from the town of Hythe to Cinque Port, ending at Dungeness, a National Nature Reserve.

With four stations in between, all within walking distance of a beach, the railway offers the opportunity to explore this unique corner of Kent. – with coastal and rural walks, bike rides, medieval churches, iconic lighthouses and all kinds of animals and flora to see.


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