Improving community
links with local rail


swalerail2swalerail-logoThe 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.

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.

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Local Attractions

SittingbourneSittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway and Saxon Shore Way.
Swale HaltSaxon Shore Way and Elmley Marshes Nature Reserve.
Queenborough – Guildhall Museum and Town trail. Download a description of a walk around historic Queenborough.
Sheerness-on-SeaBluetown Heritage Centre.

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


The Sheppey Tourism Alliance has also set up a website with lots of information about the island. You can also watch a video about the island.

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