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Railway Demo Day

May 8, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Dockyard’s railway today is used for demonstration only and is unable to carry passengers.  

Savour the bygone age of industrial working railways when their magnificent historic locomotives run through the ‘yard.

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 their site to the far end of Anchor Wharf.

Their historic railway is operated by a team of dedicated volunteers, who work tirelessly to restore the locomotives, wagons and cranes, and help keep a valuable piece of the Dockyard’s history alive.

See diesel locomotive ‘Thalia’ haul a number of carefully restored historic freight wagons, the steam crane is also in operation. You can also see inside the loco shed and the work being carried out to restore Rochester Castle.

Whether you’re a railway enthusiast, you just have a casual interest or you want to re-live childhood memories, their railway provides the perfect photo opportunity to get up close to our historic locomotives and chat to our knowledgeable volunteers.

Please note our historic railway is run by a team of volunteers. A full team is required to run the railway safely and on some occasions, we may need to cancel Railway Days at short notice due to volunteer shortages.  


May 8, 2023
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


The Historic Dockyard Chatham


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