Life in Miniature
Before departing on our “mini-break” we were told to look out for the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway.
Whilst I’m no Railway anorak, the piping of a steam train as it rattles along track always lifts my spirits.
We first encountered the DH&R trains when learning all about “Lookers” on the Romney Marsh, but Day 3 of our was to bring us much closer.
Somehow these scaled down locomotives managed to punch above their weight. They were built to a third scale, but steam along at about 40 miles an hour with no apparent difficulty.
Each train is composed of around twelve carriages, each being broad enough to accommodate two abreast. On such a sunny day we chose to enjoy the open air carriages.
Each locomotive and every carriage was turned out in commendably good condition. The railway is predominantly a tourist attraction, but locals get “mates rates” and can use it for shopping trips, and it’s also used for the school run!
Here Winston Churchill pulls out of a station.
To the east the line starts at Hythe and to the west it loops around the Dungness peninsula.
Along the way there’s a handful of stops, all of which are relatively close to the coast.
New Romney houses a magnificent model railway, and the majority of the rolling stock.
Some may wonder how I got the shot at Dungeness, of course there’s more to follow.