English have a nose for oddities, at least what continentals would consider "oddities". The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway is such an oddity. Built to the gauge of merely 381 mm (15 in) it is a light railway which despite its diminutive size is still a commercially operating railroad. The railway opened in 1927. The ten original locomotives are still in service and the fleet has been expanded over time with other steam locomotives and diesels. Over a long period of time the railway claimed the title "Smallest public railway in the world". Currently the line carries 100,000 passengers each year.