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The Shropshire & Montgomeryshire Light Railway and the Nescliffe MoD Training Camp

Discussion in 'Bullhead Memories' started by Roger Farnworth, May 19, 2019.

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    Apologies for the long title for this thread. I was challenged by someone who read my posts about the Bicester Military Railway and about MoD Kinston to look at the Nescliffe Camp.

    I have started by looking at the feeder railway which was commandeered by the military and this has become a post in its own right. I will get round to the military areas in one of the next posts in the series.

    http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/05/18/the-shropshire-and-montgomeryshire-light-railway-and-the-nesscliffe-mod-training-area-and-depot-part-1
     
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    The next post in this series links the place I grew up during teenage years with the Shropshire & Montgomeryshire Light Railway. 'Gazelle' was made in King's Lynn and has had an interesting history!

    http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/07/21/gazelle
     
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    A good account of Gazelle, possibly the first full size loco built purely for the pleasure of a railway enthusiast.

    The Wolseley-Siddeley railcar body is also of interest in its own right since it had been the first of Col. Stephens’ railmotors - seeing use on the K&ESR and the Selsey before ending up on the S&M. The grounded body was still at Kinnerley in the 1970s but probably beyond repair by then.
     
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    Gazelle is known to have taken charge of two different coaches in its time on the Shropshire & Montgomeryshire Light Railway. The first was a cut down version of a London Horse Tram. The second used the same chassis with a body from a Wolseley-Siddeley Railcar which Colonel Stephens first used on the Selsey Tramway. That Railcar was itself a signioficantly modifies rail-lorry based on a Wolseley-Siddeley chassis........

    http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/07/27/gazelles-trailers
     
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    Thank you. Tom Rolt's book "Lines of Character" has a section on the Colonel Stephens railways (p33-44), and the first part of his autobiography "Landscape with Machines" has a short section on the S&M (p108-110). Both mention the railmotors ("the maximum of discomfort ever achieved in rail travel").
     
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