The Secret Railway in the Woods (OEN Publishing)

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The first detailed history of an often-overlooked but extensive and important military railway in the UK.

This new book covers in detail one of the largest but lesser-known military railways in the United Kingdom. Born out of the First World War, playing a key role in the Second World War and remaining operational until 1987, little has previously been published on the Bramley Military Railway at the Central Ammunition Depot (CAD) in Bramley, Hampshire.

Shrouded in official secrecy, it did not even appear on Ordnance Survey maps until after its closure.

Chapter List:

  • Chapter 1: A Brief History of Bramley Camp, Depot & Railway
  • Chapter 2: Drawings & Plans of the Depot Railway
  • Chapter 3: Tracks & Buildings - Outside the Depot Perimeter
  • Chapter 4: Tracks & Buildings - The East Depot
  • Chapter 5: Tracks & Buildings - The West Depot
  • Chapter 6: Depot Railway Signalling & Controls
  • Chapter 7: Railway Operations, Permanent Way, Manning & Maintenance
  • Chapter 8: Depot Locomotives
  • Chapter 9: Railcars, Trailers & Trollies
  • Chapter 10: Passenger Rolling Stock
  • Chapter 11: Goods & Miscellaneous Rolling Stock

Drawing heavily on first-hand accounts and primary sources, this book explains the background to the CAD, its history and role from 1917 to the present day, railway layout and operations, locomotives and rolling stock and contains over many previously unpublished maps, plans, diagrams and photographs.

Large format hardback. 312 pages.

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