In France, in the Somme battle area, one line known as ‘Petit train de la Haute Somme’ is the sole survivor of the original First World War light railways. Light Railways of the First World War; A History of Tactical Rail Communications on the British Fronts, 1914-18 W. J. K. Davies Published by David & Charles: Newton Abbot (1967) After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Light railways made an important contribution to the Allied war effort in the first world war, being were used for the supply of ammunition and stores, the transport of troops and the evacuation of the wounded. Welcome to the War Department Light Railways website. The Light Railway Companies came into existence when it became clear that the maintenance of roads was becoming a severe problem, in terms of the manpower needed and enormous quantities of road stone clogging up the supply routes. Thu 2 Jul 2015 00.30 EDT. They also brought troops, rations, water, coal, timber, wir… The War Department Light Railways were a system of narrow gauge trench railways run by the British War Department in World War I. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. In 1951 however, a group of railway enthusiasts, alarmed at the loss of this part of British industrial heritage, stepped in to save the failing Talyllyn Railway. Small and Large layout designs with lots of operation can be created while following the prototype. As the war on the Western Front settled into a stalemate, rail technology was adapted to new roles. From this the light railways were expanded to 700 miles (1,100 km) of track, which supplied 7,000 tons of supplies daily. First edition. 1239 of 1916, retrieved from a public park in Mackay, restored at the Rail Workshops Museum, currently on display at the Rail Workshops Museum, North Ipswich, Queensland, Australia [8], "Train from WWI restored by volunteers at Ipswich", Armistice between Russia and the Central Powers, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=War_Department_Light_Railways&oldid=995398933, World War I military equipment of the United Kingdom, Wikipedia articles needing page number citations from April 2020, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, 14.05 long tons (15.74 short tons; 14.28 t), 14.50 long tons (16.24 short tons; 14.73 t), 17.09 long tons (19.14 short tons; 17.36 t), 6 long tons 3 cwt (6.9 short tons; 6.2 t), 8 long tons 0 cwt (9.0 short tons; 8.1 t), 1 long ton 18 cwt (2.1 short tons; 1.9 t), Motor Rail (Simplex) 40 hp (30 kW), petrol, This page was last edited on 20 December 2020, at 20:45. Davies, 9780715341087, available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. New from. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. Light railways of the First World War: a history of tactical rail communications on the British fronts, 1914-18. The Germans installed their 600 mm (1 ft 11 5⁄8 in) gauge Feldbahn system early in the war. Get this from a library! Light railways of the First World War: a history of tactical rail communications on the British fronts, 1914-18 [by] W.J.K. Light railways made an important contribution to the Allied war effort in the first world war, being were used for the supply of ammunition and stores, the transport of troops and the evacuation of the wounded. Light railways made an important contribution to the Allied war effort in the First World War, and were used for the supply of ammunition and stores, the transport of troops and the evacuation of the wounded. Hundreds of locomotives were built by companies such as Hunslet, Kerr Stuart, ALCO, Davenport, Motor Rail and Baldwin to work these lines. in English. - The War Department Light Railways were a system of narrow gauge trench railways run by the British War Department in World War I. [1967] 1. This decline accelerated after the Second World War as improved road transport displaced railways in industry and for passenger service.. 1218 of 1916, formerly of Gin Gin Mill, is currently with D.Revell, Weewaa, New South Wales, Australia. Light railways made an important contribution to the Allied war effort in the First World War, and were used for the supply of ammunition and stores, the transport of troops and the evacuation of the wounded. Detailed book about a scarce topic during WW1, the Light Railways throughout each year of the war. Davies. "A History of Tactical Rail Communications on the British Fronts. Women railway workers during the first world war. Sir Eric Geddes (1875-1937) served as British Minister of Munitions, Inspector-General of Transportation, Controller of the Navy and finally as First Lord of the Admiralty during World War One. Men, units, locomotives / engines, tracks, rolling stock are all covered, and war tactical methods. Davies. Light railways made an important contribution to the Allied war effort in the first world… The military light railways in France were of 600 mm (1 ft 11 5⁄8 in) gauge and used a variety of steam and petrol locomotives from French, British and American builders. 1229 of 1916, formerly of Cattle Creek Mill, is currently stored at ANGRMS, Woodford QLD, Australia. The War Department Light Railways were a system of narrow gauge trench railways run by the British War Department in World War I. These were like model train sets with light, narrow gauge sections of railway line that could be easily laid on the ground and relocated when they were needed elsewhere. Light Railways of the First World War. These were mostly British ex-railwaymen pressed into service, though Australian, South African and Canadian gangs served with distinction. - The War Department Light Railways were a system of narrow gauge trench railways run by the British War Department in World War I. Maps and illustrations. - The War Department Light Railways were a system of narrow gauge trench railways run by the British War Department in World War I. Light railways of the First World War : a history of tactical rail communications on the British fronts, 1914-18. The line was started in 1915 by the French, later taken over by the British. Light railways made an important contribution to the Allied war effort in the First World War, and were used for the supply of ammunition and stores, the transport of troops and the evacuation of the wounded. Each area of the front would have its own light rail to bring up materiel. Bibl.:p.191-192. The British perfected roll on roll off train ferries[2][page needed] to bring fodder and supplies direct from England via train ferries to France. Light railways of the First World War: a history of tactical rail communications on the British fronts, 1914-18. 9ins. [7] It may well be the Hunslet WW I trench tram now preserved at the Canberra War Museum, Australia. Different track gauges were used in different parts of the world including 600mm, 760 mm (2 ft 5.mw-parser-output .sr-only{border:0;clip:rect(0,0,0,0);height:1px;margin:-1px;overflow:hidden;padding:0;position:absolute;width:1px;white-space:nowrap} 15⁄16 in), 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in) metre gauge and 1,050 mm (3 ft 5 11⁄32 in). This site is dedicated to the light railways used . Binding Beige cloth hardback in dust wrapper. The organization setup by the Royal Engineers though their Light Railway Operating Companies is described in detail. Light Railways of the First World War: History of Tactical Rail Communications on the British Fronts, 1914-18 by W.J.K. 8vo. Thirty or so Companies were formed within the Royal Engineers to staff the lines. Awaiting restoration.[6]. Light railways of the First World War a history of tactical rail communications on the British fronts, 1914-18 It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Trench railways of the World War I western front produced the greatest concentration of minimum-gauge railway locomotives observed to date.[1]. David & Charles; First Edition (January 1, 1967). These simple trains, hauled by small steam locomotives or petrol tractors, greatly accelerated the supply of ammunition to artillery batteries. This site is affiliated to the Moseley Railway Trust. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Taylorson, Keith, 1996, Narrow Gauge at War (2), Plateway Press - chapter 3 is titled Anzac Enterprise on the two foot gauge - The Australian Light Railway Operating Companies, 1917-18 Light Railways of the First World War (W. J. K. Davies - 1967) Hunslet 4-6-0 Locomotive no. Northern French rail lines were under direct military control of the Army in the area. (ISBN: 9780715341087) from Amazon's Book Store. Buy Light Railways of the First World War: History of Tactical Rail Communications on the British Fronts, 1914-18 First Edition by Davies, W.J.K. Transfer locations were sometimes just a yard where materials and men were transferred from one train to another while others were rows of warehouses with tracks on either sides. 1. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Author Davies, W. J. K. Date 1967. The French and Germans had a ready solution for the first part of this journey because they had recognised before the war that there would be an important role for 60cm gauge light railway systems. Light railways of the First World War : a history of tactical rail communications on the British fronts, 1914-18 From a Labour Correspondent. Please try again. Light railways of the First World War: A history of tactical rail communications on the British fronts,1914-18 Unknown Binding – Import, January 1, 1967 … There was a problem loading your book clubs. Britain came to the belated realisation that it needed a flexible and reliable method of supplying the front lines, bringing shells, timber, and fodder from the rear areas and their standard gauge supply points. Buy Light railways of the First World War: A history of tactical rail communications on the British fronts, 1914-18 by Davies, W. J. K (ISBN: ) from Amazon's Book … The use of narrow-gauge railways in Britain declined throughout the first half of the 20th century. X 5 3/4ins. Price. It had a track gauge of 60cm (2 feet), and this was subsequently app… Further information on the light railways can be found in the following books: Davies, W.J.K., 1966, Light Railways of the First World War, David and Charles. The light railways of the World War I offer a great variety for the modeler. 1967, David & Charles. Light Railways of the First World War Hardcover – Import, January 1, 1967. by W.J.K. In February 1916 the first new light railways were sanctioned. Hide other formats and editions. Also, Model T Ford conversions were used. By 1917, the Canadians led the way in showing the utility of light railways. The first light railway worked by the British was a French one. Light Railways of the First World War by W.J.K. Having built thousands of miles of new frontier track in Western Canada in the previous decades, these "colonials", led by J. Stewart, supplied the Canadian Corps who went on to victory at Vimy. The ebb and flow of war meant that rail lines were built and rebuilt, moved and used elsewhere, but by the latter years of Passchendaele, Amiens and Argonne, light railways came into their own and pulled for the final victory. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. The duties of light … [W J K Davies] Please try again. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. A large number of locomotives[3] (mostly of 600 mm (1 ft 11 5⁄8 in) gauge) was ordered for the WDLR. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Both the French Army and the U.S. Army had their own locomotives, which included: Probably the most famous of these war service engines were of class 10-12-D, built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works, U.S. Nearly 500 were built and those that survived the war found new homes around the world. The War Department Light Railways were a system of narrow gauge trench railways run by the British War Department in World War I. Following the example of the French and Germans, from 1916 the British built extensive networks of light railways (usually of narrow 60-cm track gauge) to link railheads beyond artillery range with their trench systems. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. An American unit also served under the British flag. A history of tactical rail communications on the British Fronts, 1914-1918, during World War One. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Photograph: Alamy. Light Railways of the First World War A history of Tactical Rail Communications on the British Fronts 1914-18. Hunslet 4-6-0 Locomotive no. Includes specifications of over 75 units of 5 different types of steam locomotives supplied to British forces during the war. Geddes' career began with the North Eastern Railway in 1904 where he rose to become its General Manager the year war broke out, 1914. Book Description. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Narrow gauge light railways were the solution. approx. Please try again. by all combatants during the First World War. 1914-18." Used from. Many went to India and after the war a few went to railways in Britain including: Hunslet 4-6-0 Locomotive no. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. 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