Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway was the UK's last steam operated industrial railway was handed over for use as a heritage railway 50 years ago, using the original locomotives, carriages and wagons from the Bowaters Light Railway, the Railway continues to run between the former paper mill at Sittingbourne (now Morrisons) and Kemsley Paper Mill, Britain's biggest paper mill. The journey starts at the former exchange sidings which are atop a high embankment accessible only by steps at this time. Sittingbourne Viaduct station has very basic facilities due to constant vandalism.
Sittingbourne Viaduct station is located within Sittingbourne Retail Park, it has private road access and a free car park.
The train climbs a short but steep incline onto Milton Regis Viaduct, a century-old reinforced concrete structure which is a kilometre long and winds through the industrial outskirts of Sittingbourne and Milton Regis. Once off the Viaduct, the train passes through Milton Creek Country Park and across the marshes to Kemsley Paper Mill, the marshes are saltwater on the creek-side and freshwater on the mill-side with the Railway creating a barrier between the two. Lots of birds can be found in this area and we are very close to the RSPB bird reserve on Elmley Marshes.
The train arrives at Kemsley Down after a journey of about 15 minutes. This is our main headquarters where you will find the Footplate Cafe, Shop, Museum, gardens, garden railway, miniature railway (not always operating), picnic area, sidings and engine shed. Engine Shed tours can be arranged. We recommend at least two hours for a visit, this gives plenty of time to look around the site as well as enjoying a cup of tea and a sausage roll!
Open: Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays April to September
Telephone Number: 01795424899
Mobile Number: 07973192938