Friday, July 31, 2009

Kent Event - Bredgar and Wormshill Light Railway Open Day

The Bredgar and Wormshill Light Railway (BWLR) is holding another of it's popular open days this Sunday, 2nd August. We went to their last open day in July, had a great time and would recommend it to everyone. The adult entrance fee is £ 7.50 (kids go free) and this includes unlimited train rides.

The BWLR was formed by a group of steam enthusiasts in the early 1970's and now runs narrow gauge vintage steam trains (some over 100 years old) on a short, but very picturesque, line through the woods.

Many of the engines have been rescued from far flung corners of the world from Australia to Thailand to Mozambique where they were used on the sugar plantations.

Others originate from (slightly) closer to home such as the "Lady Joan".

She was built in Leeds in 1922 and spent most of her working life at the slate quarries in Port Dinorwic, North Wales.

The engine sheds are open to viewing and there is a large working model railway on display.

Apart from steam trains, the BWLR have also assembled a collection of steam traction engines, vintage Bean motor cars and buses.

There is a cafe providing sandwiches, cakes and other light refreshments at reasonable prices and a small shop selling anything and everything to do with Thomas the Tank Engine!
We are certainly looking forward to making a return visit in the near future.


  1. Bravo for BWLR for rescuing those locos and letting people enjoy them during the open days!

  2. I agree. Too much of our history is allowed to rust away.