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Locomotive Bronhilde on woodland track near Warren Wood station

The Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway (BWLR) is located near the villages of Wormshill and Bredgar in Kent, just south of Sittingbourne. It is a 2 ft  (610 mm) gauge narrow gauge railway about half a mile in length.

The BWLR is a private line which has been built up as a hobby by a group of friends since the early 1970s.[1] It is a fully operational line, operated to a high standard, with a station, engine sheds and workshops at Warren Wood station and a smaller station at the other end of the line, known as Stony Shaw.

The line is open to the public on the first Sunday of each month throughout the summer, to raise money for various charities. On open days, a number of other attractions are on display including: a model railway, a Showman's road locomotive, a traction engine and two steam rollers.

In June 2011, the railway appeared briefly in a segment filmed for the BBC's Saturday Kitchen programme, that aired on 18 June 2011.[2]

Rolling stock Edit

Operational steam locomotives Edit

Manufacturer Works number
year Wheel
arrangement
Number and
name
Notes Photo
L. Schwartzkopf 9124 1927 0-4-0WT No.1 Bronhilde Used at the Norddentsche Copper smelting works, Hamburg. Sold to Bressingham in 1976. Acquired in 1979, the first steam locomotive at the Bredgar and Wormshill.[3] Schwartzkopf 9124 of 1927
W.G. Bagnall 2088 1919 0-4-0ST No. 4 Armistice One of two locomotives used on the Birmingham, Tame and Rea District Drainage Board Railway. Preserved in 1961 and renamed Lady Luxborough. Acquired in 1991 by Bredgar and Wormshill and restored in 1992, regaining her original name.[3] Bagnall 2088 of 1919
Orenstein & Koppel 5668 1912 0-4-0WT No. 6 Eigiau Ex Penrhyn Quarry Railway. Sold to Bressingham in 1963. Acquired by Bredgar and Wormshill in 1995.[3] Orenstein & Koppel 5668 of 1912
Decauville 246 1897 0-4-2T No. 7 Victory Used at the Invicta Sugar Mill, Giru, Queensland, Australia. Sold in 1963 and used on a tourist railway. Acquired by Bredgar and Wormshill in 1984.[3] Decauville 246 of 1897
Hunslet Engine Co. 1429 1922 0-4-0ST Lady Joan Used in north Wales slate quarries until 1967. Has been used at Woburn Abbey and Knebworth. Acquired by Bredgar and Wormshill in 1996.[3] Hunslet 1429 of 1922
John Fowler & Co. 13573 1912 0-4-2T No. 10 Zambese Originally built to 500 mm (1 ft 7+34 in) gauge. Used on Sena Estates railway, Mopeia, Mozambique, hauling sugar.[4] Worked until 1965 then became derelict.[5] To UK in 1998, regauged to 2 ft  (610 mm) gauge.[4] Steam test passed in 2009 and expected to enter service in 2010.[5] Fowler 13573 of 1912

2 ft 6 in (762 mm) and 750 mm (2 ft 5+12 in) gauge locomotives Edit

Manufacturer Works number
year Wheel
arrangement
Number and
name
Notes Photo
Henschel & Sohn 29582 1956 0-6-0WT No. 105 Siam Worked on a sugar plantation in Chonburi Province, Thailand. Has visited Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway. 750 mm (2 ft 5+12 in) gauge.[3]
Completely overhauled, the locomotive is currently (June 2009) offered for sale in excellent condition.
Henschel 29582 of 1956

Steam locomotives undergoing overhaul or restoration Edit

Manufacturer Works number
year Wheel
arrangement
Number and
name
Notes Photo
Arne Jung 3872 1931 0-6-0WT No. 2 Katie Used in sugar plantations in the Cameroons. Preserved in 1973 and acquired by the Bredgar and Wormshill in 1980. Has flangeless centre driving wheels.[3] KatieBWR1998
Orenstein and Koppel 12722 1936 0-4-0WT No.8 Used at various construction sites in northern Germany until 1957. To UK in 1970 and used on the Brecon Mountain Railway. Acquired by Bredgar and Wormshill in 1999.[3] Orenstein & Koppel 12722 of 1936
John Fowler & Co. 18800 1930 0-6-0WT No. 9 Limpopo Ex Sena Sugar Estates, No.17. Used at sugar mill in Mopeia, Mozambique. Acquired by Bredgar and Wormshill in 1998 and restored to working order, entering service in 2003.[6] Fowler 18800 0f 1930

Operational diesel locomotivesEdit

Manufacturer Works number
and year
Wheel
arrangement
Number and
name
Notes Photo
Baguley-Drewry 3775/1983 4wDH No. 5 Bredgar Worked on the 1,000 mm (3 ft 3+38 in) gauge lines at MoD Milford Haven. Acquired in 1995 and regauged to 2 ft  (610 mm) gauge.[3] Baguley-Drewry 3775 of 1983

Diesel locomotives undergoing overhaul or restoration Edit

Manufacturer Works number
and year
Wheel
arrangement
Number and
name
Notes Photo
Hudswell Clarke DM1366/1965 0-6-0 15 Ex National Coal Board Harden Colliery and Seaham Colliery. Sold to South Tynedale Railway in 1990. To Bredgar and Wormshill Light Railway in 2006.[7] As of November 2010 undergoing a major rebuild.[8] Hudswell-Clarke DM1366 of 1965
Motor Rail 9869/1953 4wDM Supplied new to Great Ouse River Authority, Ely. In service until 1977. Acquired by Bredgar and Wormshill in 2010 from The Hop Farm Country Park, Beltring.[9]

Traction engines Edit

The museum has four steam road locomotives in the collection; some are operational and steamed on open days and others are undergoing repair, restoration or overhaul.

Manufacturer Works number
year Registration
number and name
Notes Photo
Garrett 33305 1918 HT 7112
The Mighty Atom
Road locomotive built for the Ministry of Munitions and used in France during World War I. Sold as war surplus and converted to a showman's engine.
Preserved since 1964, acquired by Bredgar and Wormshill in 2002.
Operational and used on open days.[10]
Garrett 33305 of 1918
Garrett 33442 1919 BL 9009 Agricultural engine used at Hartford Manor, Faringdon until 1943, then at Witney until 1950. Relegated to heating a greenhouse at Brize Norton until preserved in 1964. Has been named King of the Road and Caroline in preservation but did not carry a name during its working life.
Acquired by Bredgar and Wormshill in 1988.
Operational and used on open days.[10]
Garrett 33442 of 1919
Ruston & Hornsby 115023 1922 XM 6373 Steam roller new to Henry Woodham, Catford in 1922. Used on road repairs until the 1950s.
Preserved in 1978 and acquired by Bredgar and Wormshill in 1988.
Operational and used on open days.[10]
Ruston & Hornsby 115023 of 1922
Burrell 2551 1903 - Steam roller exported to Magdeburg, Germany in 1903. To Belgium by 1921, where it worked until 1957.
Undergoing restoration.[10]

CarsEdit

Bean carsEdit

The Bredgar and Wormshill railway is home to a collection of Bean cars.[11]

Model Power Year
built
Registration
number
Notes Photo
Model 2 11.9 horsepower (8.9 kW) 1923 BU 2789 One of the most original Bean cars in preservation.[11] Bean Model 2
Model 3 14 horsepower (10 kW) 1925 PE 2445 Converted to a pick-up in the early 1930s. Restored to five seat tourer in 1974.[11]
Model 4 12 horsepower (8.9 kW) 1925 XW 8431 Used by a funeral director as a following car.[11] Bean Model 4 1925
Model 4 12 horsepower (8.9 kW) 1926 FD 3435 Car has original body, which has four identical doors.[11] Bean Model 4 1926
Model 6 1927 SV 8671 Exported new to Australia. Fitted with a body made locally in Adelaide.[11] Bean Model 6
Omnibus 1929 UL 1771 Body by Birch Bros, Kentish Town on a Bean 1½ Ton chassis. Used as a caravan 1941 - 1966, bought for preservation in 1966 and restored 1988 - 1991.[11] Bean bus
Model 11 1930 FG 6161 Built on a 1½ Ton chassis. Spent its working life in Wooler, Northumberland. Bought for preservation in 1970 and restored 1990 - 2000.[11]
Model 6 Tourer 14 HP 1923 SV 9172 Exported to Australia in 1923, re-imported in 2001.[11] 1923 14HP Bean tourer
Pick-up Truck 1926 Bean Pick-up
Van XM 7525 Bean van

Other carsEdit

Manufacturer Model Year
built
Registration
number
Notes Photo
Rolls Royce Phantom I 1928 YX 4095 BWLR Rolls Royce

Other exhibitsEdit

Other exhibits to be found at the Bredgar and Wormshill Light Railway include:

Beam engineEdit

Thomas Horn Beam Engine

Beam engine

An 1870 beam engine built by Thomas Horn to a design by James Watt. One of two supplied to a waterworks at Ashford. Acquired in 1988 and restored to working order.[12]

Twinning Edit

The Bredgar and Wormshill Light Railway is twinned with the Chemin de Fer de La Valée de l'Ouche (CFVO), Bligny-sur-Ouche, Côte-d'Or, France.[13]

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. BBC Kent article on the Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway
  2. "Episode broadcast 18 June 2011". Saturday Kitchen. BBC iPlayer. Retrieved on 20 June 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 (2008) Visitors Guide. Bredgar and Wormshill Light Railway. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Un-named Fowler". Bredgar and Wormshill Light Railway. Retrieved on 2008-08-04.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Fowler resteams after Bredgar rebuild", Heritage Railway (132, 22 December 2009 - 20 January 2010): p11. 
  6. "No9. Limpopo". Bredgar and Wormshill Light Railway. Retrieved on 2008-08-04.
  7. "Hudswell-Clarke Diesel". Bredgar and Wormshill Light Railway. Retrieved on 2008-08-04.
  8. http://www.bwlr.co.uk/bugle.php
  9. "Waterworks locomotive moves to Bredgar", Heritage Railway (139): p23. 28 October - 24 November 2010. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 "Traction Engines at the BWLR". Bredgar and Wormshill Light Railway. Retrieved on 2008-08-04.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 11.8 "Bean Automobile Collection". Bredgar and Wormshill Light Railway. Retrieved on 2008-08-03.
  12. "Beam Engine". Bredgar and Wormshill Light Railway. Retrieved on 2008-08-04.
  13. "BWLR and CFVO". Bredgar and Wormshill Light Railway. Retrieved on 2008-07-31.

Coordinates: 51°17′50″N 0°40′58″E / 51.297128°N 0.682891°E / 51.297128; 0.682891

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