Saturday, March 12, 2011

Smallest Railway...


The Romney, Hythe Dymchurch Railway is a 1 ft 3 in (381 mm) gauge light railway in Kent, England. The 13 + 1⁄2 miles (22 km) line runs from the Cinque Port of Hythe via Dymchurch, St. Mary's Bay, New Romney and Romney Sands to Dungeness, close to Dungeness nuclear power station and Dungeness lighthouse. From 1926 to 1978, the RH&DR held the title of the "Smallest public railway in the world" (in terms of track gauge). The title was lost to the 12 1⁄4 in (311 mm) gauge Réseau Guerlédan in France in 1978[2] and regained from 1979, when the Réseau Guerlédan closed, until 1982, when the 10 1⁄4 in (260 mm) gauge Wells and Walsingham Light Railway opened. The railway was featured in an episode of the BBC series The Inspector Lynley Mysteries.