Join Kent Community Rail Partnership on a historical and evocative journey through Swale on a Southeastern Javelin High Speed train to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War and specifically the Ambulance Trains.
During WW1 (1914-1918), the naval wounded were brought ashore at Queenborough and Chatham and a rail link extended as far as Scotland.
Ambulance trains were designed and built by the rail companies and were specifically for the transportation and treatment of the wounded. Don't miss this opportunity to witness a re-enactment of these events on the weekend after Remembrance Sunday, with the bonus of a free ride on a Javelin on the SwaleRail line!
Join us at Queenborough or Sittingbourne.
UPDATE: This event is now FREE! You do not need to buy a rail ticket if you only use our dedicated High Speed Train.
Many thanks to ACoRP (Association of Community Rail Partnerships) for helping fund this event. Any donations to Kent Community Rail Partnership on the day will be much appreciated! You DO need to register here on Eventbrite to reserve your free place(s) at the event as places are limited.
Programme - Sunday 20 November 2016
11:00-11:45 Queenborough Parish Church
Readings and music to commemorate the first world war.
12:00-12:15 Queenborough All Tide Landing
Re-enactment of landing the wounded from sea.
LUNCH - Please make your own arrangements - Options available in Queenborough
13:45 Queenborough Station
Re-enactment of the wounded embarking onto a train.
The train leaves Queenborough station at 13:55.
14:05 Sittingbourne Station
Large Screen Display and visit to Historical Research Group of Sittingbourne (HRGS) in Forum Shopping Centre.
The train leaves Sittingbourne station at 14:55
15:18 Sheerness Station
Dedication, Readings, Last Post
15:40 Event finishes.
15:50 Javelin train departs Sheerness for Queenborough and Sittingbourne.