We’re steaming towards re-opening. The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway have been carefully following the latest Government advice and guidance to leisure facilities and will plan to re-open on Saturday 4th July.
We’ve implemented a range of additional health and safety measures to protect our passengers and teams.
Our world-famous steam locomotives will still be the same, but our journeys will be a little different.
Our railway can only open in stages and we have invested in changes to our coaches to enable this. We realise the flexibility we usually can offer is not possible, but we really would value you coming to visit. The railway’s survival will be led by how many passengers we see in the days following Saturday 4th July.
The details of the revised arrangements are detailed below as well as how to book. If the situation changes we will arrange a change of date for your visit to suit you or a full refund. There will be no admin charges.
Pre-booking is essential.
All journeys will begin from New Romney Station (TN28 8PL) and journey to Dungeness. Passengers will have 20 minutes to spend at Dungeness before their designated return time. This will ensure we can safely meet social distancing requirements. Our usual capacity will be reduced so we suggest booking early to avoid disappointment. https://www.rhdr.org.uk/special-events/back-on-track/
Socially distanced queuing and carriage compartments.
We’re following the Governments 2-metre social distancing guidelines. We’ll try to keep queues to a minimum but where they exist you’ll see 2-metre markers. Partitions between carriage compartments will mean you can see those in the compartment next to you but contact will be restricted.
Additional hygiene measures.
You’ll notice some new additions to the station such as hygiene screens at shop/catering counters, new hand sanitising stations and carriage compartment cleaning between each return journey. Our teams have all had additional briefings on social distancing and additional cleaning measures.
Contactless payments are preferred.
Please pay by card in our gift shops and catering outlets where possible. Gift Shops and Catering Outlets will not be open as we restart but will be available in shortly.
Bring a suitable face covering.
We advise all adults to wear a face covering when possible. Face coverings will be available for purchase in New Romney Shop upon arrival.
Hygiene and safety signs.
To help guide our passengers around the railway and assist with hygiene advice new signage has been installed. Please read it carefully.
Some facilities will be temporarily unavailable.
The Model Railway Exhibition and Play Areas at New Romney are temporarily closed.
Toilet facilities will continue to be available at New Romney and Dungeness.
Thank you for your patience and continued support.