Savour the bygone age of steam when our beautiful historic locomotives run through the ‘yard on our special Railway Days.
At its peak, it was estimated there was approximately 17 miles of standard gauge railway within the Dockyard. Today we have just under 1 mile of track remaining. The section (laid tramway style) starts just outside the Historic Dockyard (adjacent to No.7 Slip) and runs through the middle of our site to the far end of Anchor Wharf.
Our Railway is operated by our dedicated Railway Volunteers, who work tirelessly to restore our locomotives, wagons and cranes, and help keep a valuable piece of the Dockyard’s history alive.
On our Railway Days, our volunteers operate ‘demonstration’ freight trains for about 1/3 mile. See steam locomotive ‘Ajax’ and diesel locomotive’s ‘Rochester Castle’ and ‘Overlord’ haul a number of carefully restored historic freight wagons.
Whether you’re a railway enthusiast, you just have a casual interest or you want to re-live childhood memories. our Railway Days provide the perfect photo opportunity to get up close to our historic railway and chat to our knowledgeable volunteers.
Today’s railway is purely a demonstration railway and unfortunately we are unable to carry passengers.
Enjoyment of our historic railway is FREE as part of an entry ticket to The Historic Dockyard.
At this time we are operating additional safety measures to keep all our visitors safe. It is essential for everyone book a ticket (including annual ticket holders) with a date and arrival time prior to a visit. The number of tickets available each day is limited to allow us to control the number of visitors within The Historic Dockyard site.
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