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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!



Monday, 25 July 2016

RHDR




When I travelled to the coast last week, I drove to the small town of Hythe and then went on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, a small gauge light railway which runs the 13.5 miles from Hythe to Dungeness on the South-East coast. It opened in 1927 as a 15inch gauge ( one third full size) fully working steam railway.






I bought a Rover ticket so I could on and off at the different stations on the line. It was my first trip on this railway so I was like an excited child.

It's quite compact inside the carriages but it was early in the day plus school holidays hadn't started so I had lots of space to myself.









I travelled to the end of the line at Dungeness. It is an unusual landcape and has been designated as a National Nature Reserve, Pecial Protection Area and Area of Conservation..Dungeness is one of the best single beaches in the world and is home to 600 species of plants which is a third of all plants found in the UK.
        

   








There are two lighthouses in Dungeness, the old one(shown above) which is now privately owned and is open to the public. You can also see the roundhouse base of the oldest lighthouse on the right.  Below is the new lighthouse.






You can't visit Dungeness without seeing the Nuclear power Station dominating the landscape.


















On the way back to Hythe I stopped off at New Rowney to see the model railway




Also got out at Dymchurch, a typical small sea side town.





















With its small funfair








and sandy beach



Then back on the train to Hythe








23 comments:

  1. When I was younger I used to love to travel by rail. Now that I viewed your photo shares, I'm all ready to go again.

    Wonderful array of scenes and wildflowers.

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  2. Sort of trip I like to take but going on a steam train would make it worth while

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  3. Nice little trip you took. Those were lovely wildflowers.

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  4. What a fun day out. I like the crooked house at the fair. It's an interesting round building near the old lighthouse.

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  5. Many years ago (!) I went on a school residential trip to Dymchurch. I found some of your comment notifications had gone in my spam folder for some reason so sorry if you thought I'd ignored them. I decided to blog about the A-Z road trip as a way of keeping track.

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  6. Wonderful photography of your delightful weekend trip ~

    Wishing you a Happy Week ~ ^_^

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  7. holy cow. what an exciting adventure. :)

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  8. My goodness - I love all those trains - especially the ones you can ride in yourself! Looks like a pleasant adventure and a lot to see:) Have a great week!

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  9. I had the same feeling, excited as a child when our old tramway started to ride. The older we are we return to our childhood it seems :)

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  10. My grandsons would love to ride on a small gauge railway. It looked like fun. I did not know there were nuclear power plants there, Love the lighthouses!

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  11. Oh I love that tiny train!

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  12. It sure looks like fun to me. If I lived in the UK, I'd visit this train for sure. :-)

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  13. Fascinating railway and scenic trip. That National Nature Reserve looks very interesting and beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Oh how neat, Marie.... I'd love that little train ride ---and would enjoy getting off and on along the way... How special is that!!!! AND--since I also love lighthouses, that would be another reason to go!!!!! Thanks for sharing.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  15. Once again, Marie, it seems you and I are on the same "track" with our photographic subject! Thank you for sharing this particular train journey - my father mentioned it over the years (we migrated to Australia in 1950) so it was a treat to read your experience of it. Thank you.

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  16. What a nice trip and so romantic in the old train ! Lovely little village too !

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  17. A ride on a small gauge railway is really wonderful! We did it once in Wales, and the children loved it! i learnt that there is a club of small gauge train fans, who tend the trains and the equipment belonging to this system.

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  18. This sure is a exciting trip with so much to see.

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  19. I love that part of Kent, but haven't been there for years. I'm SURE I remember the railway - might even have been on it. Lovely tour, really enjoyed your shots.

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  20. Well, that's certainly a different train!

    The school holidays here have only about three weeks left! And then normal life starts again. I voted to give them an extra three weeks, but they wouldn't have it...

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  21. Hello, what a great trip. The men in my family would love all those trains, I love the lighthouse. Great collection of photos. Enjoy your day and the week ahead!

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  22. It must have been such a nice trip! The train was certainly very special.

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  23. The train would be so much fun! Almost like being part of a model railroad yourself, my imagination would soar. And the real model trail village is wonderful. Beautiful flowers, a perfect excursion all around.

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