About the loco

Since 1916, The Woolwich has had a diverse career as a steam locomotive. 

Dark green and built in Bristol for the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich, the engine hauled ammunition around the expansive site.  For those who don't remember, the Royal Arsenal was a bustling city within a city, with factories employing thousands and houses for the workers and their families. 

After retirement from active duty, The Woolwich took Bicton Woodland Railway passengers for a ride from the early 1960s until the late 1990s. 

The Woolwich was then purchased by the Royal Gunpowder Mills at Waltham Abbey, forming a part of their significant collection of steam locomotive history. 

This local lass is on loan to the Crossness Engines Trust for seven years.  Watch and actively participate in the restoration project, and see steam power in all its full polished glory

  • Avonside locomotive no. 1748 (1916)
  • 0-4-0 configuration
  • Cylinder 8.5" x 12"
  • Oil fired
  • Weighs 11.25 tons in full working order. 
Find larger versions of the two fact sheets below in our web album.