Kent has the kind of routes that make railway buffs smile
With scenic steam trains galore, the county's locomotives excel at both kids days out and trips for the narrow-gauge connoisseur.
Surely one of England's most famous train rides, the diminutive Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway runs from Hythe via Romney Marsh to Dungeness. A fleet of one-third scale diesel and steam trains shuttle up and down the 13.5 mile, 15-inch guage track. Atmospheric stations include railway paraphernalia-packed New Romney, with its engine sheds, workshops and repair yards. Sit back and enjoy the scenery - or book an unforgettable Drive A Steam Train Day.
The steam Kent & East Sussex Railway chugs for 10.5 miles through the gorgeous Weald of Kent. Hop on board for a charming trip from picturesque Tenterden, through the Rother Valley, to the National Trust's water-fringed Bodiam Castle. Indulge in elegant dining aboard a 1920's Pullman Car, or get behind the 'wheel' on a steam locomotive driving day.
The beautifully restored carriages of the volunteer-run East Kent Railway run on a 2-mile track between the rural villages of Shepherdswell and Eythorne, near Dover. Look out too for its model trains, signal box visitor centre, and 5-inch gauge miniature railway
Or head to the mainline station at Eridge and climb aboard a steam or diesel train from the Spa Valley Railway, a 5.5 mile track that winds through the Weald of Kent to Royal Tunbridge Wells. Highlights include the delightful 1868 branch-line station at Eridge, the long, chuff-chuff-inducing climb up to Groombridge and the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway engine shed at Royal Tunbridge Wells.