SKLR #PotD Picture of the Day:

The view from Superb’s footplate of Melior and Leader in steam. Triumph can be glimpsed on the right.

This weekend is the last Work Weekend before the season starts on Good Friday.

This photo, taken by Mike Floate at the previous Work Weekend, shows all three usable steam locos in steam for tests. These are typical pre-season tests to ensure the locos are ready for service.

An unusual test was also carried out but more on that tomorrow.

SKLR #PotD Picture of the Day:

Santa Specials return to the Railway this weekend. The last one operated on 26th December 2008.

It could have been the last day ever for the Railway but we fought our closure and won!

Here’s Triumph at Sittingbourne Viaduct on that fateful day.

On a sad note, Triumph’s driver that day, Keith Twyman, passed away peacefully earlier this month. Keith loved driving Triumph, which was taken out of service for overhaul after that last day in 2008, and will be sorely missed by everyone at the Railway.

Book now for this year’s Santa Specials - some trains are full so call 01795 428269 now to book your seats! There’s a present from Santa for the kids and seasonal refreshments for the adults.

Santa Specials depart Sittingbourne Viaduct station every Saturday & Sunday until Christmas. Priced at £12 for those over 3 years and £9.50 for those under - this is a great, affordable treat in the run up to Christmas.


SKLR Picture of the Day: Kemsley Paper Mill has evolved considerably since the 1920s. Just in this view we can see the white chimneys of the gas-fired power station which replaced the coal-fired facility. The line used to continue through to Ridham Dock where ships and barges would arrive with raw materials and leave with paper products. Ridham Dock is still operational but I don’t have any pictures of it in my collection.

SKLR #PotD Picture of the Day:

You may recall that before I went on holiday in June I asked for photo submissions but then had problems uploading them. Well, over the next few days you’ll be seeing them.

If you’d like to submit a photo for the Picture of the Day Blog, please email it to and don’t forget to include a caption! Your photos only please, not those of another photographer.

Today’s picture is of Victor straight after being polished and buffed!

Photo: Ali Salmon