The War Department Light Railways were a system of narrow gauge trench railways run by the British War Department in World War I. Price. Unable to add item to List. Get this from a library! Photograph: Alamy. The duties of light … 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. Thu 2 Jul 2015 00.30 EDT. 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. In February 1916 the first new light railways were sanctioned. The use of narrow-gauge railways in Britain declined throughout the first half of the 20th century. This decline accelerated after the Second World War as improved road transport displaced railways in industry and for passenger service.. 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) Davies, 9780715341087, available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. They also brought troops, rations, water, coal, timber, wir… After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Hide other formats and editions. Light railways of the First World War a history of tactical rail communications on the British fronts, 1914-18 You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. Davies (Author) See all formats and editions. 9ins. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. 1229 of 1916, formerly of Cattle Creek Mill, is currently stored at ANGRMS, Woodford QLD, Australia. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Hundreds of locomotives were built by companies such as Hunslet, Kerr Stuart, ALCO, Davenport, Motor Rail and Baldwin to work these lines. 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. Please try again. Light railways of the First World War: a history of tactical rail communications on the British fronts, 1914-18. Please try again. Many went to India and after the war a few went to railways in Britain including: Hunslet 4-6-0 Locomotive no. From a Labour Correspondent. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The organization setup by the Royal Engineers though their Light Railway Operating Companies is described in detail. 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. Hunslet 4-6-0 Locomotive no. Author Davies, W. J. K. Date 1967. 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. An American unit also served under the British flag. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Davies. 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 … Welcome to the War Department Light Railways website. Used from. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. [7] It may well be the Hunslet WW I trench tram now preserved at the Canberra War Museum, 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. by all combatants during the First World War. in English. Light railways of the First World War : a history of tactical rail communications on the British fronts, 1914-18. These included: A few captured German feldbahn locomotives were also used but these usually had short lives because no spare parts were available for them. Small and Large layout designs with lots of operation can be created while following the prototype. Men, units, locomotives / engines, tracks, rolling stock are all covered, and war tactical methods. A history of tactical rail communications on the British Fronts, 1914-1918, during World War One. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Geddes' career began with the North Eastern Railway in 1904 where he rose to become its General Manager the year war broke out, 1914. "A History of Tactical Rail Communications on the British Fronts. approx. Narrow gauge light railways were the solution. 1. 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