Margate's Wooden Dreamland Railway Reopens for Business

By Gary Cutlack on at

The Margate tourist haven of Dreamland now offers new levels of thrill, with a railway line that fell into disrepair -- and was then besieged by local arsonists -- back in business.

The Scenic Railway was a big part of the seaside resort's attraction until it was closed in 2006. Fortunately for fun ride enthusiasts, the Grade II listed structure has spent the last year being repaired, with the wooden track run now up to modern health and safety standards and ready to take visitors once again.

The mile-long track has been rebuilt by local tradesmen using 320 tonnes of timber, with today's first riders posting low-speed footage of their runs on Twitter already. Chas and Dave played at the grand re-opening of the park itself earlier this summer. It is literally all kicking off in Margate.

Eddie Kemsley, Dreamland's CEO, said: "We are absolutely thrilled to be announcing the launch of the Scenic Railway. The opening of the UK’s oldest wooden rollercoaster is another fantastic reason for people to come to Margate and to visit Dreamland. This historic milestone comes after the enormous success of the opening of the park, which contributed to a 55 per cent increase in hotel stays in Margate, year on year." [Kent News]