Dymchurch has changed much over the
years, originally being a busy station where
trains used to shuttle from Hythe with
holidaymakers aboard, destined for the resort.
It still sees its fair share of visitors, some
enjoying a break at one of the nearby
Caravan Parks, keen to soak up the
atmosphere of a traditional seaside town
which boasts a glorious stretch of beach,
RH&DR branded merchandise and a selection
of “pocket money” items for our young visitors.
You can also see Martello Towers, built as
part of the coastal defences aimed to repel
Napoleon and his troops. The church here
features in the novels of Russel Thorndyke,
who created the smuggling vicar Dr Syn.
Walt Disney made a film featuring Patrick
McGooghan as the Doctor. Other, earlier
British films were made and one featured
dear old George Cole.
There is still one siding at Dymchurch, but
long gone is the turntable, signal box and
main sidings. The footbridge used to span
the sidings as well as the through lines but it
still features the Gents toilets in its pillars,
originally designed by Henry Greenly in 1926.
During the war and army requisitioning of the
line, the armoured train was kept near here
and the station buildings became the COs
office and billet. The last few years has seen
Dymchurch station receive modifications and
refurbishment, and as all trains stop here.
It is worth spending some time in the locality.