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Alderney Railway in Alderney

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Built in the 1840s to open in 1847 (One of the oldest in the UK) to transport stone from the east side of the island to build the Victorian forts and breakwater, the Alderney railway was the first national Admiral run railway.Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were the very first passengers, carried on the 8th August 1854. The Royal guests were conveyed in a horse drawn tender. The railway carried on carrying minerals until the end of the 19th century.During Winter of 1911 or 1912, train number 2 ran off the breakwater into the sea. Fortunately the fireman and driver both survived, with the train recovered from the sea and repaired. Following this incident, all trains were kitted out with life belts!After the Admiralty stopped using the railway for foreshoring in 1921, a company called Brookes Limited took over the railway to use it for quarrying, as the island had started exporting crushed stone to use as aggregate.Bookes limited continued in this way right up until the German occupation in 1940, when all the islanders were evacuated to Scotland and England. During this time the Germans did not maintain the railway, lifting a large section of it to be replaced with 60cm guage.Following the war, the MOD (Ministry of Defence) re-laid the railway back to its original standard guage using concrete sleepers. The locomotive (engine) in use at the time was 'Molly' a vertical Senital 4 wheeler, pulling 24 Yankee side tipping wagons as rolling stock.

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telephone: 01481 823580
address:  Braye
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