WORLD FIRST: Hop on board steam locomotive ‘Samson’ live at the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway

No. 6 Samson on test
Credit: RHDR / Steve Town

Tomorrow sees the return of steam locomotive ‘Samson’ to the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, and to celebrate, they are doing something a bit different.

In a World First, you can join in the relaunch of the locomotive by following the RHDR on Twitter and Facebook to see the live feed, where you can ‘hop’ on board the locomotive from the comfort of your own living room.

In this joint venture with Tim Dunn, you can also follow the #SteamLocoRideLIVE on twitter to follow all the action from the day.

The live feed will start at 09:30 am on Saturday 21st April 2018 on both the Twitter and Facebook pages of the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway. To follow the RHDR on Twitter, please click here, or alternatively, ‘like’ the RHDR Facebook page by clicking here. Also, don’t forget to follow the #SteamLocoRideLIVE and follow Tim Dunn on Twitter here.

A brief history of Samson

Samson worked its last train in 2013 towards the end of its Boiler Certificate. The mountain class locomotive is unusual as it is a 4-8-2 mixed traffic loco, which was designed for hauling shingle trains from the coast between Dungeness and Hythe. This aggregate traffic did not last long and along with her sister Hercules as worked passenger trains ever since, alongside the gleet of 8 pacific trains owned by the RHDR. The locomotive was overhauled at the railway’s own workshops and can be seen back in action on Saturday the 21st April.

Tickets for the event can be bought by clicking here

Timetables can be found by clicking here

Michael Holden avatar
I have had an interest in Railways for as long as I can remember. I am a member of a number of heritage railways and actively volunteer at 2 of them. I enjoy all types of railways, real life, model and simulations. I started RailAdvent in 2014 and am the main editor of the site.

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