About the Bus Rally Day
Did you know that Pluto is located near the Kent County village of New Romney? No, not the former planet now classified as a dwarf planet, but instead the Pipe Line Under the Ocean (PLUTO) used by the allies in WW 2 to pump oil to France via a pipeline under the English Channel. The Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway (RH & DR) was instrumental in the construction of PLUTO, and while it remains a functioning railway, the focus during one weekend in September is on vintage buses as the railway hosts the Bus Rally Day.
Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway is a 7-station railway line that runs from Hythe to Dungeness along the southeast coast of England. The New Romney station is the railway’s headquarters and is where the vintage buses, coaches and taxis will be parked in the car park area.
Once visitors arrive at the New Romney station, they depart the train and visit the 33 vintage buses and 8 taxicabs from a bygone era. The buses don’t just sit there as people can take a fun (and free) ride on an open-top bus down the scenic coast to Dungeness and maybe visit the Old Dungeness Lighthouse and have lunch at the End of the Line Restaurant. Every station along the railway line is worth a short visit with the New Romney and Dungeness Stations offering the most with food and fun.
Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway
About two months after Henry Ford introduced the 1927 Model A to the world, the official opening of the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway railway took place on July 16th with an 8-mile journey from Hythe to New Romney. Already mentioned was the railway’s role in PLUTO that fuelled the Allied invasion force. In 1973 Sir William McAlpine and others joined efforts to make sure the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway is still in operation.
Entry To The Rally
The regular timetables will not apply for the Bus Rally Day, so check with RH&DR’s website for the enhanced timetable when it becomes available. The all-day fare is £19.00 for adults, £17.00 for concessions and £9.50 for children age 1 to 15. Very important to remember is that the entrance to the Bus Rally, Children’s Play Park and the Model Exhibition is an additional £6.00 for adults and £3.00 for children (aged 3-15 years).
Somewhere to Stay in Kent
Campers and Caravaners might be lucky enough to spend a weekend camping near the beaches and waterfronts along the eastern coast of England. A few miles inland, there are plenty of campsites like the Norwood Farm Caravan & Camping Park situated on a working sheep farm. But don’t worry as you will not be camping surrounded by grazing quadrupedal, ruminant mammals. The coastal roads are lined with many Hotels and B&Bs for a more luxurious stay.
Getting To Romney
Drivers headed to New Romney will navigate to the Brenzett Roundabout, where the A259, A2070, and B2080 meet. Take the A259 exit heading southeast toward the town. Look for the brown sign on the left that reads 'RH & DR New Romney' and make a right turn onto the B2071 (Station Road) that leads to the destination on the left.
Other Things To Do Around New Romney Station
The RH & DR will allow you access to several attractions along the coast from Hythe to Dungeness, so be sure to enjoy them at the Bus Rally Day. A bit inland is the Brenzett Aeronautical Museum that WW 2 buffs will enjoy. Another excellent choice for a side trip is to take the M20 toward Maidstone and visit Leeds Castle, a historical landmark with a moat and a maze.
★★ Toilet facilities for wheelchair users are currently available at Hythe, Dymchurch, New Romney, and Dungeness stations, and wheelchair accessible carriages are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Be sure to check with the railway on any accessibility concerns before arrival. Parking is free at Hythe, Dymchurch, New Romney, and Dungeness Stations. Dogs are welcome as long as they don’t enter the cafes and restaurants or the Model Exhibition at New Romney. If your dog does enter the café and orders a cup of coffee, have your smartphone ready to make a video that is sure to go viral. ★★
When is the next Bus Rally Day?
The Bus Rally Day is planned to take place at Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, New Romney Station, New Romney, Kent, TN28 8PL, Sunday 6th September, 2020. This is a Vintage Event.
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