Bicton Woodland Railway

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Bicton Woodland Railway
Alan Keef 0-4-0 locomotive Sir Walter Raleigh
Alan Keef 0-4-0 Sir Walter Raleigh locomotive
Line of the Bicton Woodland Railway
Route length: approx. 1.2 km
Gauge : 457 mm
railway station
railway station

The Bicton Woodland Railway is a loop-shaped narrow-gauge railway with a track width of 457 mm (18 inches ) in the land under Botanical Gardens Park of Bicton House at Budleigh Salterton in Devon , UK .

The route was built in 1962 as a tourist attraction. Most of the rail vehicles came from the Royal Arsenal Railway in Woolwich , from which two locomotives Woolwich and Carnegie and several freight cars were purchased, on whose frames royal blue painted passenger cars were built. The railway was put into operation in 1963 for passenger traffic.

Additional rolling stock has been purchased from RAF Fauld and the London and North Western Railway (LNWR) works at the Wolverton depot .

In 1998 the Bicton Gardens were sold and the railroad service temporarily suspended. The new owners sold the rail vehicles to Waltham Abbey Royal Gunpowder Mills in Waltham Abbey , but in 2000 bought a new 5.5 ton diesel locomotive built by Alan Keef that looks like a steam locomotive.


number Surname Manufacturer Type Construction year Factory no. Remarks
1 Woolwich Avonside Engine Company 0-4-0T 1916 1748 Formerly Royal Arsenal Railway . Now at Waltham Abbey Royal Gunpowder Mills.
2 Bicton Ruston & Hornsby 4wDM 1942 213839 Built for the War Department warehouse at the Lion Brickworks, Scalford
3 Carnegie Hunslet 0-4-4-0DM 1954 4524 Formerly Royal Arsenal Railway. Now at Waltham Abbey Royal Gunpowder Mills.
4th Sir Walter Raleigh Alan Keef 0-4-0 2000 61 Custom order. Officially commissioned by Pete Cuffley in 2000.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Cliff Thomas: The Narrow Gauge in Britain & Ireland . Atlantic Publishers, 2002, ISBN 1-902827-05-8 .
  2. Chris Allen: Royal Gunpowder Factory Waltham Abbey - locomotive. The Geograph , August 4, 2016. Retrieved June 14, 2018.

Coordinates: 50 ° 39 ′ 59.4 "  N , 3 ° 18 ′ 46.4"  W.