Title ID 775Collection ID179
TitleRomney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway
Date[1963?]; [1977?]
CollectionKen and June Paine
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
KeywordsRailway Stations Railways Trains Transport Travel
LocalHythe Dungeness Dymchurch New Romney
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionA Jaykay Joint Production
CameraKen Paine; June Paine
FormatMixed Colour and Black & White Silent
Duration21 min. 11 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


An amateur film which uses archive photographs and film, actuality footage and intertitles to recount the story of the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway (RHDR).


Archive photographs and film are used in the retelling of the early years of the RHDR. Still shots of the construction of the narrow gauge railway are followed by moving images of railway maintenance workers at work on the track, rolling stock and locomotives. After final checks, passengers board the Southern Chief at Hythe. The camera films both from aboard the train and from the surrounding countryside as it travels to Dymchurch. From here it continues its journey to New Romney and then Dungeness.

The film now presents contemporary footage of the railway. Once again, the camera films from abroad the trains and the surrounding countryside as they travel through Kent. The film ends with images of an RHDR model train exhibition.