It is a key objective of the RHDRA to help tell the story of the railway and in so doing, enrich the experience for passengers.
To do this we are setting up an Interpretation Centre at New Romney Station where visitors will be able to learn more about the railway. This will make their visit even more enjoyable and hopefully encourage them to return and become more involved with the line.
Located within the former Paint Shop, building contractors Hippersons Ltd are currently on site bringing the building up to a suitable condition. Their work should be completed by the end of April 2020 and the Association will then populate the building with information panels, dioramas, artefacts and displays of photographs from our extensive collection.
The Interpretation Centre would have been ready for visitors by July 2020. As Members will appreciate, this will be delayed by Government measures on the Covid-19 virus. Once we can open the Centre it will be open whenever the railway is operating and will be free to enter. It will feature on the New Romney Town Trail currently being drawn up. The project is costing the Association around £100,000 which we have been able to fund from our own resources.
It is not intended that the Centre will be manned on a routine basis, but we hope that members of the Heritage Group and other members with an interest in the history of the railway will be available at busy times to meet and greet visitors and answer any questions they might have.