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Railway Days at The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Savour the bygone age of steam when beautiful historic locomotives run through The Historic Dockyard Chatham on special Railway Days.

At its peak, it was estimated there was approximately 17 miles of standard gauge railway within the Dockyard. Today there is 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.

The Railway is operated by a dedicated Railway Volunteers, who work tirelessly to restore the locomotives, wagons and cranes, and help keep a valuable piece of the Dockyard’s history alive.

On Railway Days, the 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. the Historic Dockyard Chatham’s 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 it us unable to carry passengers.

Pricing Information

Railway Days are free as part of an entry ticket to The Historic Dockyard. Visit the website for full pricing information and to book tickets.