Monday, 12th December 2016. Celebrating The Garden of England’s Heritage Railways. It’s full steam ahead for a new campaign to bring more visitors on board Kent’s beautiful network of heritage railways.
Visit Kent officially launched its Connecting Kent’s Heritage Railways project on Friday 9th December with a special reception at the historic East Kent Railway.
Representatives from five of Kent’s tourist railway lines joined Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Economic Development Mark Dance and Visit Kent Chief Executive Sandra Matthews-Marsh for afternoon tea aboard the vintage buffet carriage at the Eythorne station, near Dover. Earlier this year, Visit Kent successfully bid for £75,000 from the Department for Transport’s Heritage and Community Rail Tourism Innovation Fund to help boost the profile of the county’s heritage railways.
Working in partnership with Southeastern Railway and five heritage railways, the campaign will bring ‘the old and the new’ together by improving the historic network’s digital presence and forging closer links with the modern rail operators.
Sandra-Matthews Marsh MBE, Chief Executive of Visit Kent said: “Kent has a wonderful heritage rail network, each offering something different – from dining experiences on steam trains, taking tea on retro diesel engines or exploring the coast on a miniature railways.”