Longmoor Military Railway (Railway History S.)

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Longmoor Downs – the original terminus, and largest station on the line, serving the military camp. Two Range Halt. Alongside this particular station were two open fields where two massive rifle ranges had been constructed for military training. Farmer, Keith (March 1966). "Longmoor Military Railway". Industrial Railway Record. 9: 199–205/220. Dedicated on 22 July 1964 by the chaplain general, the reredos is the property of St. George's Garrison Church and the chaplain general. If no garrison church is built in the future, it will become the property of the Royal Army Chaplains Department Depot. [8] Bordon Military Cemetery [ edit ] The chapel and graveyard at Bordon Military Cemetery Location Overview: Bordon Garrison" (PDF). HIVE Information Centres. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 March 2016.

a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Bordon History". Archived from the original on 31 October 2006 . Retrieved 18 February 2012– via National Archives. Authorised for construction from 1902, activities date from 1903 when an 18in ( 457mm) gauge tramway was laid to assist in removing 68 large corrugated iron huts from Longmoor Military Camp to Bordon. The route took the huts across the rear of ranges No.2 and No.3, straight through No.1 range, across Whitehill crossroads and on across Hogmoor enclosure, into Bordon camp. [2] [4] The average speed was 3 miles per hour (4.8km/h), with additional steam traction engine assistance required up steep hills, and drag ropes and anchors on declines of over 1:6. [4] The average rate of move was three huts a week, with a record set of one hut moved in a day, albeit having been placed on the railway trolley the previous night. [4] In the 1950s it was used for Bhowani Junction and The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, with two more films using the railway in the 1960s. At the end of the decade, a pretty iconic musical would also use the railway as a film set. WX), 14.16B(WX), 15.16B(WX), 16.35A(F) and 17.15A. Trains call at Weaversdown and Liss Forest Road, and arrive at Liss 3, 9The station was also the Northern terminus of an 18 inches (460mm) tramway used mainly to transport stone from a local quarry to be used in the building of Longmoor Camp and other facilities. There was a loading bank for this line to the South of Longmoor goods yard, it was in use until WWI after which it disappeared during enlargements of the standard gauge facilities. The line was eventually extended northwards towards Bordon as an aid to constructing the standard gauge line. [4] Mitchell, V. & Smith, K. (1987). Branch Lines to Longmoor. Midhurst: Middleton Press. ISBN 0-906520-41-X. Converted Land Rover Mark 8 road vehicle (Rover Mark 8 is the military designation for the military 88" Series IIA) In 1908, work started on a new military cemetery on Bolley Avenue. It opened in April 1910, consecrated by the chaplain-general to the forces, the Rt. Rev. Bishop I. Taylor-Smith CVO DD, with music from 3rd Battalion, the Rifle Brigade. [8] Among those who learned the workings of railways on the LMR, there were a select band who continued in railway-related work after leaving the services. These were the members of the Railway Inspectorate, whose remit is to enquire into the circumstances surrounding British railway accidents. The first Chief Inspecting Officer of Railways not to have been trained in the army was R. J. Seymour, appointed in 1988. [ citation needed] Locomotives [ edit ]

Roberts, Stephen (2 January 2019). "Military service and movie memories". Rail Magazine. No.869. Peterborough: Bauer Media. p.62. ISSN 0953-4563. The railway was used as the location for a number of films, including The Lady Vanishes (1938), Bhowani Junction (1956), The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958), Runaway Railway (1965), The Great St Trinian's Train Robbery (1966), The Magnificent Two (1967) and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968). [30] [31] It also appeared in Marty Feldman's comedy sketch "The loneliness of the long distance golfer"(1968). Although the fire service role was taken over by the civilian station in 1938, it returned to the garrison at the start of World War II, when the officer in charge of the garrison also moved his headquarters to the same building. As a result, in 1940 the fire engines were upgraded to new Leyland Motors lorries. [30] Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (1987). Branch Lines to Longmoor. Middleton Press. ISBN 978-0-906520-41-3.By the 1960s, Gordon was the last steam locomotive still in use at the LMR and had become a popular attraction at enthusiasts' specials, including working on BR metals between Woking and Liss on 30 April 1966. [5] Preservation [ edit ] Gordon as stored in " The Engine House" at Highley Fortunately, Robinson of the Great Central, had just three years earlier in 1911, designed the 11F 2-8-0 (later class O4) for freight service on the GCR, mainly for heavy coal traffic duties in the East Midlands. As the war dragged on into 1917, the military recognised that this type of engine could be ideal for what they were seeking and requested Robinson to construct a further 93 for military service. Although only the basic model, these locomotives became operational by a new unit formed from the Royal Engineers, and known as the Railway Operating Division. The engines subsequently became known as RODs for their remaining operational life. Bordon and Oakhanger Sports Club". Bordon and Oakhanger Sports Club. Archived from the original on 13 September 2012 . Retrieved 18 February 2012.

Liss Junction – with access to the exchange sidings, and onwards into Liss British Railways goods yard. Finally, steam enthusiasts will no doubt be interested to know how these locomotives, designed for military use, performed on BR when they were eventually transferred for normal operational use. Fortunately, during my footplate career I worked on all three different types. The Robinson ROD (O4) 2-8-0 remained in operation until almost the end of steam and was an excellent freight locomotive, capable of handling the heaviest coal trains, which is what they were designed for – excellent steamers and good riding. Unfortunately, Edward Thompson, who also did not appear to appreciate Gresley’s designs, as he altered several of his locomotives, also decided to modify several Robinson O4s by changing the boiler from a Belpaire-type to the 100A B1 type with a long narrow firebox. These were still capable engines but as any old time steam man would agree, not in the same class as the original. Dark Blue Livery with Red Lining. Did Not Carry Number on naming ceremony, later numbered as 401, Scrapped 1957Longmoor Camp cull in defence shake up". Bordon Herald. 20 November 2016 . Retrieved 11 August 2019. Drivers were normally three-year regular soldiers with very limited knowledge of driving and several treated it like driving a fast car. The regular daily passenger services were operated by the 0-6-0STs that rolled dangerously when travelling at speed because of their top-heavy design. I regret to say that some of these particular drivers treated it as a joke. As previously stated the number one priority at Longmoor was the training of military personnel to be able to operate railways during wartime and for around a 10-year period following the end of the Second World War literally thousands of men, primarily National Service conscripts, were trained there for that purpose. Besides being a very large tract of land around eight miles square, the camp itself was similar to a small modern town with the B2131 road from Liphook passing through it, directly alongside the modern LMR Longmoor Downs station. In many places there is still plenty of evidence showing the historic infrastructure which was once used there. One of those is the abandoned Longmoor Military Railway which ran from Bordon to Liss. ex- Shropshire and Montgomeryshire Railway. Transferred to the Kinmel Camp Railway in 1916. Sold in 1921. Later converted to 0-6-0T and by 1953 was working at NCB Nunnery Colliery. Scrapped 1962.

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