The Royal Arsenal Railways


Intriguing history of the railway systems which served the huge Woolwich Arsenal, one each built by the three separate factories which occupied the sites, until they were amalgamated in 1891.The result was that the amalgamated system used three track gauges: 18 inch, 2 foot and standard gauge.

In 1898 the narrow gauges comprised 30 miles of track, plus 25 miles of mixed gauge, the motive power comprising 9 standard gauge steam locomotives and 37 narrow gauge ones.

As one would expect from Mark Smithers, the level of detail is considerable, especially regarding the narrow gauge locomotives and rolling stock, which continued to develop towards IC power as time went one. 214 pages with large numbers of mainly B&W illustrations, scale drawings and maps. Hardbound.