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Coming Soon - Heritage Interpretation Centre

The RH&DR Association is very pleased that plans to open a Heritage Interpretation Centre are now moving forward, thanks to the help of the Railway in finding premises.

The Railway is a wonderful family attraction and sharing knowledge about its unique history will add value to everyone’s experience and, we hope, increase appreciation of this unique piece of British heritage.

The Railway is famous around the globe and indeed owes its existence to Australian economics as well as Grand Prix motor racing. It played its part in the War effort between 1939-45 and was only narrowly saved from closure in the 1970s. It deserves a place which tells its story and the Association hope the new Interpretation Centre will do just that.

The RH&DR Association, in partnership with the Railway Company, has ambitious plans for the future to further its charitable aims to develop and improve our educational input for the public in coming years, especially as the Railway celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2027.

The Interpretation Centre will be located at New Romney Station (TN28 8PL), housed inside the 'Old Paint Shop'. The project launched on 18/1 where the last of the old rail was lifted out to mark the beginning of this new venture.

In attendance were the Right Worshipful the Mayor of New Romney, Councillor Paul Thomas, Patricia Rolfe Chair of New Romney Coastal Community Team and Folkestone and Hythe District and New Romney Town Councillor, Danny Martin General Manager of the RHDR, Simon Foulkes Chairman of the RHDRA and Pat Newsome RHDRA Committee Member.

Dates for the diary:

18th January - 11:50. Project launch. Press welcome for photos.
22nd January - Press release photos launched.
1st August- Heritage Interpretation Centre opens to the public.

Find our more about the RH&DR Association and it's work to support the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway here: