Timber Railway

Timber wagon during WW1

Timber wagon during WW1

During the FIrst World War a logging line – The Downham Hall Timber Railway – operated three Bagnall locomotives between 1917 and 1922.timber_railway1

The across the river was erected sectionally early in World War I by the Canadian Army for the Home Grown Timber Board, a part of the Ministry of Supply. The 3ft gauge logging line stretched from High Lodge  for two and a half miles to sawmill with a second 1.5 mile branch to Little Lodge farm

timber_railway2Some form of narrow guage railway was still in use in the 1980’s with original track and equipment. The site was finally cleared in 1988.

Barry Griggs wrote a piece on the subject in 2006 in the Forestry Commision Association newsletter.

His article can be found here. FCA March 06 SD

 

Bagnal Locomotive

bagnall-locoWhile no pictures exist of the Downham Hall timber railway in operation it is likely that Peter now preserved at the Amberley Narrow Gauge Museum was of a similar type.

His history up until the end of the war was very similar being put to use by the the Canadian Forestry Corps:-

Built in 1918, Peter was originally constructed to 3ft gauge and placed into stock for future sale by the manufacturers. It was purchased by the Ministry of Munitions for War in December of that year and delivered to the Canadian Forestry Corps at Longtown, Cumberland. After the Great War, Peter became redundant and was put up for auction by the Board of Trade in 1920.

The Downham Hall Timber Railway operated three Bagnall locomotives between 1917 and 1922.