June 2019

June was a busy month for the Railway, what with good weather, the Strawberry Fair, a couple of school trains and party trains.

The Strawberry Fair was a great success. Our random survey of passengers picked up that most were in family groups (some up to a whole train load!), generally local and quite a number were doing repeat rides. It also seemed tickets at £1.50 a person (children under 2 go free) were considered to be value for money………  After a little bit more fettling our Class 08 was seen running running a few small passenger trains.

Our Kent based visitors were mainly from the Faversham/ Sittingbourne/Canterbury area, East Kent and as far as Folkestone and even south London, but none it seems from Sevenoaks, Tonbridge or Tunbridge Wells. Our more traveled passengers came from Brisbane (Australia), Chippenham, East London (South Africa), Glasgow, Grays (Essex) Haiphong (Vietnam), Kirkcudbright (Scotland). Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Malta, Portland, Oregon (USA), Warsaw (Poland) plus somewhere in Bratislava and the High Tatras (Slovakia). We were also privileged to runs a couple of trains for the Morris dancers from the “Dead Horse Morris and Broomdashers” group.

Engineering and P-Way track maintenance continues with our locos having a full service and replacement concrete sleeper work continuing. The exceptionally hot weather at the end of the month kept our P-Way team on their toes, making sure the track was level and straight.

Now that summer is definitely here a reminder that our kids’ party trains can be booked for a sunny Sunday. This memorable day includes the promise of good weather (but see Ts & Cs), the opportunity for picnicking and games and as many train rides as can be crammed into 2 hours. Details and a booking form can be found by clicking here.

As usual we would like to mention that DIYers, engineers, signalmen, guards/drivers are more than welcome to join our Railway Society. We offer equal opportunities to anyone over 16 and if any potential volunteers are interested then contact us via our website to arrange a tour of the railway estate- or just visit on a Sunday and take it from there.