The railway will re open in 2017 at Easter for our first special event of the year. The intentions are to then operate the railway every Saturday and the occasional Sunday from Easter to the end of August. During school holidays the railway will open Wednesday to Sunday.
The main running line is now complete and the full circuit was used for passenger running for the first time at our 2016 Halloween event. During 2017 work will continue on installing a turntable and second platform line at Fenn Street. The loco and carriage shed along with a permanant loading ramp also need to be constructed. The track is all being constructed on site by builder Paul Wenham. The rail is 20 x 10mm steel bar welded on to steel sleepers and then attached to pressure treated wooden sleepers. The track will then be laid on road planings and finished off with 20mm granite chippings.
There is currently a Romulus Steam engine under overhaul which will be used on the railway once complete in 2018 along with a Mardyke petrol locomotive which is currently on loan. A Station Rd Steam ‘Stafford’ is also currently on loan and will operate some services during 2017. Current stock consists of 4 purpose built CMD Engineering sit in carriages which were delivered new to the railway in December 2016. These are in a blue livery and finished with gold lining and logos. We also have 3 Mardyke carriages on loan from CMD so once platform 2 is finished at Fenn St a two train service will be possible later this year..
On site as well is a purpose built ballast wagon, a flat wagon, a tipper wagon and carriage for use on track laying and permanent way trains.
The railway is currently looking for volunteers with some previous miniature railway experience to help with laying and maintaining the track and to run the railway.
To contact the railway directly please email: fennbellminiaturerailway@
Special Events and more information can be found on the pub website www.thefennbellinn.co.uk or
The railway is located at the The Fenn Bell Inn, Fenn Street, St Mary Hoo, Rochester, Kent, ME3 8RF