Bicton Woodland Railway
|Bicton Woodland Railway|
|Route length:||approx. 1.2 km|
|Gauge :||457 mm|
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.
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.|
- Cliff Thomas: The Narrow Gauge in Britain & Ireland . Atlantic Publishers, 2002, ISBN 1-902827-05-8 .
- Chris Allen: Royal Gunpowder Factory Waltham Abbey - locomotive. The Geograph , August 4, 2016. Retrieved June 14, 2018.