Come and join Island Cruises aboard the “Spirit of Sheppey” sailing from Queenborough to the Magnificent Chatham Historic Dockyard and savour the bygone age of steam with beautiful historic locomotives run through the site on the dedicated special Railway Weekends.

At its peak, it was estimated there was approximately 17 miles of standard gauge railway within the Dockyard. Today just under 1 mile of track remains. The section (laid tramway style) starts just outside the Historic Dockyard (adjacent to No.7 Slip) and runs through the middle of the site to the far end of Anchor Wharf.

The Railway is operated by dedicated Railway Volunteers, who work tirelessly to restore the locomotives, wagons and cranes, and help keep a valuable piece of the Dockyard’s history alive.

On our Railway Weekends, our volunteers operate ‘demonstration’ freight trains for about 1/3 mile. See steam locomotive ‘Ajax’ and diesel locomotive’s ‘Rochester Castle’ and ‘Overlord’ haul a number of carefully restored historic freight wagons.

Whether you’re a railway enthusiast, you just have a casual interest or you want to re-live childhood memories. our Railway Weekends provide the perfect photo opportunity to get up close to our historic railway and chat to our knowledgeable volunteers.

The railway is purely a demonstration railway and unfortunately are unable to carry passengers.