Riding the Steam Train to Hythe

For our last full day with Gro & co, we decided to ride the steam railway all the way to its terminus in Hythe.  We’d heard Hythe was a decent town, so worth checking it out.

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Right after we purchased our tickets in Dungeness, a train arrived and masses of school children got off onto the platform. OH NO!!! Turns out, though, that they were staying in Dungeness for a bit, so they did not join us on the next departure. Phew!

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We boarded the train. Silliness ensued (seems like that happens a lot when our families get together).

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We steamed past the Shingle House

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Then they changed our engine at New Romney.  We got the cute little Diesel! (which was a welcome change for a while as those sulfury fumes are actually quite unpleasant from those steam engines!

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We arrived in Hythe after a pleasant journey and immediately sought out a good lunch spot. It was actually quite chilly, so we found a place that was more or less out of the wind, along the Royal Military Canal, which was nice, if a bit overcrowded with various sorts of birds looking for a handout.

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Then we wandered the town for a while. There were some interesting sights.

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And some interesting shops. Flora found herself a mini fascinator. So cute!

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Then we went to the seashore. Charlie buried his head in the shingle.

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What a ham.

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Back on the train.

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More silliness.

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Flora did a song and dance routine.

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Back past the Shingle House

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And home.

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