Bumble around Kent freight lines with UK Railtours’ ‘shorter days’

THE latest in UK Railtours’ occasional series of shorter day tours covering rarely-visited freight lines will head to Kent on November 17.

Highlights of ‘The Return of the Short Haired Bumblebee’ tour will be the meandering 11-mile branch from Hoo Junction to Grain, the last remnant of a number of branches on the Isle of Grain, and a visit to Dungeness, in the otherworldly landscape of Romney Marsh.

GBRf electro-diesels Nos. 73141 and 73963 creep through the springtime woodland on British Gypsum’s Mountfield branch on May 5. The ‘73s’ hauled the Mountfield to Dungeness leg of the ‘Diamond Twenties’ tour, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Class 20s. DAVID STAINES

Departure from London Victoria is at 08.45, with a return by 18.30, offering a civilised day out as the autumn days grow shorter.

UKR’s train will run into the former passenger station site at Grain, where the remains of the short-lived station platform, a modern concrete structure, opened in 1951, but closed a decade later.

Later in the day, attention will turn to the Appledore to Dungeness branch, which hosted a passenger service to New Romney until 1967, and now serves the nuclear power station at Dungeness.

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