The Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway will recreate the line’s opening train on July 16, 90 years to the day since the 15in gauge railway first started operating.
A full re-enactment of the inaugural passenger service between Hythe and New Romney will take place on the second day of the RHDR’s ‘90th Anniversary Birthday Party’, being held on July 15/16.
Unlike the original service - hauled by 4-8-2 No. 5 Hercules - this train will run over the full length of the railway to Dungeness; the New Romney-Dungeness section of the line did not open until August 1928.
The weekend of celebrations will coincide with the launch of a new book detailing the history of the RHDR, Romney - Then and Now, as well as a photographic exhibition at New Romney, entitled ‘The Modern Days of 1927’ - placing the railway’s first year in the context of the social history of the period.
All of the operational RHDR steam fleet will be in action during the two-day event, including Hercules, which failed at the recent ‘Steam & Diesel Gala’ on May 13/14 shortly after its return to traffic following a recent overhaul.