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Artillery Narrow Gauge Transport


ianjonesncl

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A visit to Beamish Open Air Museum revealed a Simplex 40HP Armoured Locomotive. The locomotive, LR3098, never saw war service having not been completed until 17/12/1918. Over 900 locomotives would be manufactured between 1916 and 1918 for use within the UK and on the Western Front.

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Simplex 40HP Protected Loco Beamish June 2022

The Motor Rail & Tram Company won a tender in January 1916 and produced narrow gauge locomotive for use on the Western Front. A protptype proved succesfull and a asignificant order placed for more locomotives. 

The Simplex 40HP Protected loco was an  armoured version, made to a specification defined by the Ministry of Munitions.  Over 900 locomotives would be manufactured in the course of the war.

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The narrow gauge railways on which these locomotives were vital to the movement of artillery ammuntion, combat supplies and personnel. It also appears they were used to move guns !

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6 inch Mk VII Gun supported on two Class E narrow guage rail wagons with 40 hp Simplex protected locomotive.

© IWM HU 54672

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Simplex 40 HP Locomotive passes 6 inch 30 cwt howitzer

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