Get on track with a fam­ily day out on his­toric trains

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It’s full steam ahead for Kent’s her­itage rail­ways as a new cam­paign gets un­der way to en­cour­age more peo­ple to take trips on them.

Last De­cem­ber, Visit Kent se­cured a £75,000 gov­ern­ment grant to pro­mote them to vis­i­tors.

Now, with sum­mer ap­proach­ing, the tourism group wants to make the most of the Con­nect­ing Kent’s Her­itage Rail­ways project with the cash that was awarded from the Her­itage and Com­mu­nity Rail Tourism In­no­va­tion com­pe­ti­tion which aims to boost rail-re­lated tourism across the coun­try.

Visit Kent has worked in part­ner­ship with South­east­ern and five her­itage rail­ways on the cam­paign which aims to link “the old and the new” by im­prov­ing the her­itage rail­ways’ dig­i­tal pres­ence and forg­ing closer links with the mod­ern rail op­er­a­tor.

The her­itage rail­ways tak­ing part in the cam­paign are:

Kent and East Sus­sex Rail­way be­tween Ten­ter­den and Bo­diam

R o mne y Hy t h e and Dym­church Rail­way in Shep­way

East Kent Rail­way in the Dover dis­trict

Sit­ting­bourne and Kem­s­ley The Rom­ney, Hythe and Dym­church Rail­way train. The Bug Light Rail­way in Swale Spa Val­ley Rail­way in Tun­bridge Wells Chief ex­ec­u­tive of Visit Kent, San­dra Matthews-Marsh said: “We are lucky to have five beau­ti­ful her­itage rail­ways in Kent, each of­fer­ing both a great day out and a fas­ci­nat­ing in­sight into the county’s his­tory.

“What’s more, they are all easy to get to from main­line sta­tions so we want to en­cour­age peo­ple to spend a whole day out on the train en­joy­ing the mod­ern ser­vices of South­east­ern and then a change of pace as you step aboard the re­stored trains of the her­itage rail­ways.”

To get the ball rolling, Visit Kent this week launched a com­pe­ti­tion giv­ing peo­ple the chance to win a fam­ily day out on the trains.

“Choo Choo Tunes” chal­lenges peo­ple to test their knowl­edge of songs re­lated to trains and rail­ways.

Com­peti­tors will be en­tered into a draw to win a fam­ily ticket for one of the par­tic­i­pat­ing her­itage rail­ways and main­line travel to get there with South­east­ern.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Kent’s Her­itage Rail­ways, visit www.vis­­itagerail­ways

Pic­ture: Lewis Brock­way

A train on the Kent & East Sus­sex Rail­way

Rom­ney, Hythe and Dym­church Rail­way trains, due to par­tic­i­pate in an End of Sea­son Pa­rade

Pic­ture: Lewis Brock­way

A train on the Kent & East Sus­sex Rail­way

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