This is now the only station between
New Romney and Dungeness. In the past
there has been a station at Greatstone-on-Sea and the halts at Lade and The Pilot.
Formerly known as Maddiesons Camp (after the adjacent holiday park) it originally alternated summer and winter with Lade Halt on timetables; this stop was very popular during the summer months.
Until 1973 there was only a platform and nameboard. The station now features booking office and passing loop. In the busy weeks of
the operating season there will always be two trains in at the same time, as the driver of the
New Romney bound train hands the single-line token to the Dungeness bound driver.
Just a stone’s throw from a beautiful sandy beach, stretching as far as the eye can see, Romney Sands has become a highly popular holiday destination. Indeed our station is just inside the entrance to Romney Sands Holiday Park.
Further along the coast you will find Dungeness Power Station with its excellent Visitor Centre,
with free Guided Tours and of the course, opposite our very own station at Dungeness, the Grade 11 listed “Old Lighthouse” . Both are well worth a visit.
Until 1973 there was only a platform. The station now features a brand new Ticket Office.
If you venture further in-land you will be able to see Lydd Airport and some strange concrete devices. These were built by the War Department
(Ministry of Defence) before the last war and are, in fact, aeroplane detecting Sound Mirrors.
It did and still does work, but radar came along and rather stole its thunder. There are similar devices above Hythe. At the time of their construction, a branch line was built from Maddieson's out to the building site, and the RH&DR carried the materials.