New Romney Station is the Headquarters of the railway and being
8½ miles by train from Hythe station and 5 miles by train from
Dungeness station, it is the perfect mid-line stopping off point.
This was the first of the stations to be built and was inspected during
the construction by HRH Duke of York in 1926. Since then, there have
been many significant changes, the biggest change happening just
one year after opening when the line had to pass through the terminus,
under the Littlestone Road, to Dungeness via the new extension.
At this station you will find the engine sheds, erecting shop, carriage
sheds (over the main lines), workshops, permanent way depot, etc.
Most of the essential day-to-day work required to keep a railway
going takes place at New Romney.
Opposite the signal box, next to the line where the engine of a Hythe
bound train waits, you will find a rock garden and model lighthouse,
here are scattered the ashes of the railways founder, Captain J. E. P.
Howey. And standing here and looking beyond the 24-lever signal
box, you will see Red Tiles, the house that he built so
that he could live close to his railway.
During 1928, the nameboards were changed to read
"Littlestone-on-Sea" in an effort to emphasise the railway's seaside
location. To get to the beach, turn left out of the station and walk a
good half a mile. Turn right out of the station to get to the Cinque
Port town of New Romney. Here you will find a good variety of shops,
supermarkets, banks, pubs, cafe's and the imposing St Nicholas
Church. On the way to the town you will pass The Marsh Academy.
For many years now, the railway has provided the Home to School
transport for a number its students.
New Romney station is unique and provides our visitors with lots to
see and do. For a good old-fashioned railway meal, light snack or
beverage why not visit the Heywood Buffet? Outdoor seating enables
you to sit back and watch the work of a Heritage Railway in full swing
whilst enjoying lunch, perhaps accompanied by a locally brewed beer
or glass of wine. Our excellent Model Railway Exhibition is situated
above the Café (with a stair lift to assist our customers who have
mobility difficulties). (Please go the Timetable & Fares page for
There is also a children’s playground and a very well stocked souvenir
and gift shop, including a large collection of Thomas the Tank Engine
merchandise, Bigjigs Wooden Rail Sets and accessories including our
“Typhoon” Engine and range of the collectable Schylling tin toys.