August at Sittingbourne’s Steam Railway @SandKLR
Written by karen on 18 July 2016
August at Sittingbourne’s Steam Railway Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway
Summer holiday extra running and the return of Ivor the Engine for the bank holiday are the highlights for August. Trains will be running every Wednesday and Sunday throughout August, departing Sittingbourne Viaduct hourly, on the hour, 1-4pm on Wednesdays with additional trains at 11am and midday on Sundays and Bank Holiday Monday. This month’s special event is Ivor the Engine Weekend on the bank holiday Sunday and Monday. The famous, little Welsh engine will be based at Kemsley Down where he will be giving rides and, probably, be causing a little trouble! This event features interactive story telling between the narrator and the locomotives, a treasure hunt and crafts. Ivor the Engine gifts and DVDs will be available at the Railway Shop. Please allow at least two hours if you would like to watch the goings on with Ivor and participate in the treasure hunt – why not bring a picnic or lunch at the Footplate Café. 1 Normal fares apply to all operating days this month. Return fares for 2016 are: • £7 for adults • £5 for concessions • £3 for children aged 3-13 years • Under 3s travel free • £19 for a family ticket (2 adults and up to 4 children) • Other fares, such as single or rover, are available. For more information on the Railway visit www.SKLR.net or call the Talking Timetable on 01795 424899, email info@SKLR.net, follow @SandKLR on Twitter or see our Facebook Group at www.Facebook.com/groups/SandKLR Sittingbourne Viaduct station has free parking opposite McDonalds and behind KFC in Sittingbourne Retail Park and the pedestrian entrance is behind Pizza Hut, follow the amazing mural. Sat. Nav. users should use ME10 2XD or The Wall as their destination. The station is atop a high embankment with 22 metal steps to climb. The ticket office can be found close to the top of the steps. Please arrive at least ten minutes before departure time as there can sometimes be a queue at the ticket office to collect tickets. The first kilometre of the journey is on Milton Regis Viaduct, this reinforced concrete structure consists of 118 spans and six bridges. Constructed a hundred years ago. The Railway has invested a further £20,000 into maintenance of the structure during winter 2015/16. Kemsley Down is the main base of the Railway, here you will find the Footplate Café, shop, toilets, picnic area, museum, displays, wildlife garden and see the other steam locomotives at the engine shed as well as two standard gauge locomotives. 2 The Railway’s SOS Campaign has an aim to raise at least £75,000 to provide decent staff and visitor facilities at Sittingbourne Viaduct station including an access ramp. Donations can be made regularly or one-off at www.justgiving.com/ SKLR and UK tax payers can contribute even more by choosing to Gift Aid their donation as the Railway is a registered charity. The Railway is also keen to hear from any companies who would like to sponsor it, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to offer your support.