Tuesday, 21 June 2011

The end of steam at the Royal Arsenal?

This piece is the penultimate part delving into the history of the narrow gauge railway at the Royal Arsenal.  Subscribe by email to this blog (on the right of this page) to catch the final installment.

At the Arsenal
In the mid 1920s after the First World War, manufacturing had declined at the Royal Arsenal and work was dispersed to other MOD sites across England.

During the mid 1930s the advent of diesel and the expansion of the standard gauge lines in the Arsenal meant that many narrow gauge locos were sold off or scrapped.

After World War II, manufacturing again declined and by 1947 NEWCASTLE and COLCHESTER were taken out of service and scrapped; MANCHESTER followed a similar fate in 1951.

Text (c) by Robin Parkinson and Mark Smithers.

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