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July Railway Weekend

25 Jul 2020 - 26 Jul 2020

Railway Weekend

Savour the bygone age of steam when our beautiful historic locomotives run through the site on our special Railway Weekends.

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 Weekends, 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 Weekends 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.

Interested in volunteering as part of the Railway Team. Please click here to find out more

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – Notice to Visitors

As with the rest of the world, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust is closely monitoring the situation around the global pandemic of COVID-19.

It is with sadness that following UK Government guidelines we have closed our visitor attraction to the public until further notice.

This closure also extends to Call the Midwife Official Location Tours.

Whilst outside of our control, we apologise for any inconvenience caused during this difficult time and would like to thank all our visitors for their understanding during this challenging period.

We are taking forward orders and enquiries for business ‘post lockdown’ – Master Ropemakers Ltd, film & TV productions, Call the Midwife tours, group travel, weddings, corporate hospitality and conferences.

Last updated: 28 May 2020

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