Longmoor Military Railway (Railway History S.)

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Longmoor Military Railway (Railway History S.)

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Converted Land Rover Mark 8 road vehicle (Rover Mark 8 is the military designation for the military 88" Series IIA) 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 standard ‘Austerity’ 2−8−0 and is in fair condition. It was the regular passenger loco for most of 1963.

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. After the War, the locomotive was used by the Royal Engineers on the Longmoor Military Railway in Hampshire, UK. It was renumbered 600 in 1952 [4] and given the name Gordon in honour of the Royal Engineers' most famous General, Charles Gordon (" Gordon of Khartoum"). The railway was relaid to 4ft 8 + 1⁄ 2in ( 1,435mm) standard gauge in 1905–1907 and was initially known as the Woolmer Instructional Military Railway. It was renamed the Longmoor Military Railway in 1935. The Liss extension was opened in 1933. The stations and junctions included:RAF Lyneham to be defence training centre". BBC News. 18 July 2011. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011 . Retrieved 26 July 2011.

Longmoor Camp remains [15] an operational training camp including an urban training centre [16] and extensive ranges. [17] It also houses the close protection training units of the Royal Military Police. [18] [19] [20] 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. 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. 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 Bordon and Oakhanger Sports Club". Bordon and Oakhanger Sports Club. Archived from the original on 13 September 2012 . Retrieved 18 February 2012.


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. A major fault was when running downhill without steam on the engine and tender rebounded off one another causing quite a bumpy ride. They were always dirty and scruffy and very rarely, if ever, cleaned unless a set of engine cleaners misbehaved and then the chargehand foreman would find them the scruffiest ‘Austerity’ to smarten up! Oakhanger Camp: After the end of hostilities, taken over by the Ministry of Supply to sell surplus Army vehicles, which covered the whole of Slab Common. Dismantled in about 1950, to make way for present married officers' quarters on Bolley Avenue. [8]

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