Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway Gala Pictures

The Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway (RHDR) held a steam and diesel gala over the weekend of 3rd/4th October 2009.

Here are some pictures to give you a flavour of the event!

The Winston Churchill on the turntable at Hythe was completed by the Yorkshire Engine Co, Sheffield in 1931. She is based on a Canadian Pacific design and was originally named Doctor Syn but renamed Winston Churchill in 1948.

The Green Goddess flashing past us on her way to Hythe was one of the engines ordered by Count Louis Zborowski for the railway in 1924 before his untimely death at the Italian Grand Prix. She was completed by Davey, Paxman & Co in Colchester in 1925 and is based on an A1 Class locomotive - a more famous and full sized example being the Flying Scotsman.

The Hurricane in imaculate condition at Dungeness Station.

The Hurricane was delivered to the RHDR by Davey, Paxman & Co in 1927. In 1957 she hauled a Royal train when the Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and Princess Anne made a visit to the railway.

On our trip back from Dungeness to Hythe we had to wait at Romney Sands halt for No 2 Northern Chief to pass through.

She was another engine originally ordered by the late Count Zborowski and was built by Davey, Paxman & Co in 1925.

On the 5th August 1926 she hauled the first official train on the railway during a visit by the Duke of York.

Finally a photo of a double header train thundering through New Romney station made up of lead locomotive No 7 Typhoon and the Southern Maid.

The Typhoon was built in 1927 and the Southern Maid in 1926. Both engines were build by Davey, Paxman & Co in Colchester.

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  1. More trains! My son loves your train photos! Thanks for the glimpse into life in the UK!

  2. Hi Rachel - Thanks for your comment. I'm glad you and your son enjoyed the post.