Special Events on the RHDR:
On occasions, our stretch of double track between Hythe and New Romney provides the opportunity for parallel running trains. The thrill of passing and being passed by a Greenly Pacific at speed – going in the same direction is an experience which never seems to lose its appeal. This feature is one of the highlights of the several Special Events that the railway holds each year; most recently at the gala in May when Ratty visitor Whillan Beck showed off its paces, and in June at the re-launch of the newly overhauled Green Goddess.
In the early days of the Association operations on the RH&DR were very different to what they are today. Trains stopped running in the Autumn, and didn’t come out of their boxes until Easter. Today, with Santa Trains, driver experience and winter weekend running, the season never really ends! Added to that the railway’s now traditional end of season parade weekend with its special timetable has rather taken the wind out of sails of the Association End of Season Special. With a couple of exceptions of late the whole event has rather had the feeling of having run its course.
So this year, under the guidance of ‘Special Trains Champion’ Alex Ross, we tried something different!
Accordingly this year’s special, the Winter Wanderer, took place on Saturday 16th November 2019, offering a tour of everything going on behind the scenes when the railway is winding down before the busy Santa Special period. Features of this special End of Season Tour included:
Loco No 4 ‘The Bug’ hauling our 4 coach train – a rare opportunity for a ride behind the Bug!
Trackside stops for talks about winter projects
Lunch at Dungeness End of the Line Restaurant included with your ticket
Double Headed Non-Stop from Dungeness to New Romney
The Winter Warmer Special Train ran on 16th November. The train was fully subscribed and a report on the successful day will appear here shortly