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East Kent Railway

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East Kent Railway
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  • Very good17%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible4%
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“woodland walk”(8 reviews)
“meet santa”(4 reviews)
“train driver”(3 reviews)
The East Kent Railway is run solely by volunteers to preserve the last remaining part of the Kent Coalfields trains currently run from Shepherdswell to Eythorne (a round trip of 4 miles). On some special event days trains will also run on the...more
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Station Road, Shepherdswell CT15 7PD, England
+44 1304 832042
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Reviewed 20 May 2013

Had a brilliant day at the EKR for their classic car rally. The staff are very warm and welcoming, its nice to be somewhere the staff actually enjoy being themselves. Would definitely recommend for all ages.

2  Thank saffw
Reviewed 16 May 2013

We are a family of 5, with 3 children under 6. Our day out at EKR was so perfect that I am compelled to tell you about this very special place. Its not widely advertised but is run by genuine, passionate and warm individuals who...More

5  Thank bluebelly
Reviewed 22 April 2013

Visited EKR on pound day - ride very short however they are trying to improve facilities on the Saturday staff were busy painting rolling stock etc. All staff are volunteers and they are trying to raise £100,000 to get St Dunstan steam engine steaming again....More

1  Thank caravanmysteryvisits
Reviewed 17 December 2012

The girls enjoyed a lovely trip on the EKR from Shepherdswell to Eythorne (Lapland). Once there they met Santa and received a Christmas present and we had a glass of sherry and a mince pie. We also had a quick trip on the minature railway...More

3  Thank Gary P
Reviewed 29 August 2012

We visited the railway for their annual beer festival and had a really good day. The selection of beers was first class as was the barbecue. A locally made burger washed down by a pint of Gadds' Black Pearl Oyster Stout on a warm sunny...More

4  Thank skatalite
Reviewed 8 July 2012

We weren't expecting much but were pleasantly surprised with what we found. Our kids were offered the chance to toot the horn on the train and the volunteers were so enthusiastic and and answered all the questions that were bombarded at them by my kids...More

1  Thank jeanmarie00
Reviewed 23 February 2012

While I enjoyed my visit to the East Kent Light Railway, I suspect many visitors would be disappointed. This is a very small railway with limited facilities and a very short track. Also if you are looking for steam engines there are none here. If...More

22  Thank evenmoreborednow
John G, Public Relations Manager at East Kent Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2012

I am the publicity trustee for the EKR. Thank you for the review. In response to the fact we do not have a steam loco. We do ( on display at Eythorne) . However the loco requires about £100k of work which we are attempting...More

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19 November 2017|
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Response from Matthew P | Property representative |
Hello. It’s best to book online on our website. Our Santa Specials are our busiest and most popular days - please check before you travel if you haven’t prebooked.
19 November 2017|
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Response from leetip | Reviewed this property |
Best to look on the website or telephone next weekend. I think it gets booked early so now would be a good time to try.
26 September 2015|
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Response from Callum L | Property representative |
Yes,Dogs are more than welcome to travel with us on our services, although we do ask that they are kept on their leads. Callum Laing Events & Marketing Manager East Kent Railway Trust