When Howey brought the railway to Dungeness in 1928,
it was even more desolate than it is today; there wasn't a
road or Power Station and it only had one Lighthouse.
But the RH&DR wasn't the only railway to have a station on
the shingle headland. The Southern Railway was already
here and you can still detect the tell-tale signs of the
old station to your left as your train leaves for New Romney.
At one time, the Southern line siding ran in front of the RH&DR
station over to the beach. Here, the Southern Railway extracted
shingle to use as ballast for their lines all over the region.
Other signs of the old railway are the cottages that have been
made from old carriages. Some of the houses here are owned
and lived in by fishermen; their boats are near-by as well. If you
walk down to the beach, you are likely to see beach fishermen.
Please do not bathe here; the beach shelves sharply and the
currents are very strong at the point.
The old lighthouse is open to visitors and a climb to the top is
rewarded with fine views. For opening times, which are
seasonal visit their website - Dungeness Lighthouse
The new lighthouse, opened in 1963, is not open to the public,
but a walk along to it will see you pass the "Britannia" public
house, named after the points on the RH&DR and certainly
open to the public. The points were installed after the war
when, due to shortages, it was decided to rebuild the railway
as a single line from New Romney.
The other dominant feature of the landscape is Dungeness
Power Station with its excellent Visitor Centre, offering free
Guided Tours (must be pre-booked).
For further information visit - Dungerness Power Station
Dungeness is one of the largest expanses of shingle in the
World and is classified as Britain's only desert by the met office.
It is of international conservation importance because of its
plant and invertebrate communities and birdlife.
It is recognized as a National Nature Reserve (NNR), a
Special Protection Area (SPA), a Special Area of
Conservation (SAC) and part of the Site of Special Scientific
Interest (SSSI) of Dungeness, Romney Marsh and Rye Bay.