After a period of of uncertainty the decision was made to build a brand new railway in the 1980s . This new railway uses diesel hydraulic locomotives and push-pull rakes of coaches. The new railway was built to 914mm narrow gauge (the original was 1, 067mm) with a simplified track layout compared to the original. It opened in 1986.
|Power:||55 hp (41 kW)|
The line is mostly single with a passing loop at the mid-point, both pier head and shore stations have two platforms so in peak times both trains can be in operation, a single battery electric car is also used in the Winter. Up to one hundred and eighty two passengers can be carried per train . The locomotives can also on occasion propel a flat wagon in order to take provisions up to the pier head.
There are plans to replace the locomotives with new trains (of as as-yet unspecified type) in the next decade.
|Sir William Heygate at the pier head station|
|The driving railer of Sir John Betjeman at the shore station|
|The locomotives also have space for push-chairs and other small cargo|
|Sir John Betjeman heads back to shore|
|Aboard one of the cars|
|Sir John Betjeman at the pier station|
 Keith Turner, Pier Railways & Tramways of the British Isles (Oakwood Press, 1999) p. 49
 Colin J. Marsden (ed.), Light Rail (Key Publishing, 2018) p. 94
 Turner p. 61