All aboard for the rail­way ex­pe­di­tion

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Chil­dren from Beavers and Cubs groups en­joyed a day ex­plor­ing the won­ders of the rail­ways over Easter.

The 1st Willes­bor­ough Beavers were joined by the Sha­dox­hurst Cubs group for the Big Train Lit­tle Train ex­pe­di­tion.

They were greeted at Ash­ford In­ter­na­tional Sta­tion by Marie North­field from South­east­ern who pro­vided them with maps and bot­tles of wa­ter.

They then trav­elled by train to San­dling sta­tion where they were greeted by sta­tion master Mike Sar­gent along with artist Andy Tuohy and mem­bers of Friends of San­dling Sta­tion.

The group walked along the for­mer track bed of the South Eastern and Chatham line and am­bled through the coun­try­side to the Rom­ney, Hythe and Dym­church Light Rail­way.

They walked through woods and fields to ex­plore the wildlife of the Rom­ney Marsh, where they saw herons, pheas­ants and lambs. Then they ex­plored the model rail­way ex­hi­bi­tion be­fore end­ing their day in Hythe with a photo along­side the en­gine Dr Syn, named af­ter the Marsh smug­gler Morag Sharp from Sha­dox­hurst Cubs said the chil­dren en­joyed their day out.

She thanked those at the sta­tions who pro­vided re­fresh­ments.

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At the sta­tion and ready to start their ad­ven­ture

The ex­pe­di­tion party ex­plored the wildlife of Rom­ney Marsh be­fore tak­ing a ride on the Rom­ney, Hythe and Dym­church light rail­way

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The chil­dren next to the en­gine Dr Syn

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