Swale Rail

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&KLR 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. 

Kent CRP have put together a local guide Swale which highlights some of the local attractions and how fair it is to cycle or walk to from the nearest train station. 

Students from Sheppey College produced a website during their community week all about tourism in Swale. Take a look at their website website Swale Rail Tourism.

For more information on where to go and what to see in Swale, go to the Visit Swale website.

For up to date information on timetables visit Southeastern's website. Alternatively use the National Rail Enquiries website or better still download the app for live updates.

For more information about the SwaleRail Line Community Rail Partnership, please contact Andy Place 07920 088441.