The branch line from Sittingbourne to Sheerness-on-Sea is an unusual community rail line in that it provides a basic half-hourly service to passengers. Sittingbourne and Kemsley are both famous for the paper production and while the mill at Sittingbourne has recently closed, that at Kemsley continues to flourish.
Close to Sittingbourne station is the Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway, a preserved 2ft 6″ steam railway that used to connect the mills at the two communities to Ridham Dock on the Swale Estuary. Check out the latest news and the 2013 timetable by visiting the S&KL website. Swale station gives access to marshland to explore and is also the closest station to the area of Iwade.
The line passes through a mix of residential, industrial and salt marsh landscapes before reaching the historic town of Queenborough, once site of a royal castle and ferry services to Holland. The line terminates at Sheerness-on-Sea, once a naval dockyard and now home to a busy commercial port. Sheerness has also been a favourite destination for holidaymakers from London who could easily reach the Isle of Sheppey by train. View the current timetable.
Sittingbourne – Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway and Saxon Shore Way.
Swale Halt – Saxon Shore Way and Elmley Marshes Nature Reserve.
Queenborough – Guildhall Museum and Town trail. Download a description of a walk around historic Queenborough.
Sheerness-on-Sea – Bluetown Heritage Centre.
For more information on where to go and what to see in Swale, go to the Swale Tourism website.