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Design & Development
By EYE-CS.com
How it all Began
Building The Railway
The Official Opening
THose  Early Years
The Post-War  Years
Sir William MacAlpine

As peace-time returned, the
RH&DR were keen to re-open
which they soon did; Hythe to
New Romney in 1946 and the
Dungeness section following a
year later with Laurel and Hardy
cutting the ribbon. But the cost of hostilities were
obvious; New Romney to Dungeness was now
single line only, as the raw materials to re-build
were scarce and the cost high.

The post-war years were good, and the publicity
gained from being a front-line railway paid some
dividends. The fifties and early sixties saw a boom in
tourism and the Kent coast and the RH&DR benefited
greatly, but the arrival of cheap package holidays to
sunnier climes soon saw the
passenger numbers fall.

Owner Howey was also ageing
(he died in September 1963) and
investment in the railway was not
all it could have been. As new
owners took the concern on and then passed to yet
other new owners, the extent of this lack of investment
became apparent. Bridges were in poor condition,
rolling stock was ageing and uncomfortable,
locomotives were costly to maintain.

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