Dungeness Fish Tramway, Kent
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Beaulieu to Bucklers Hard

A days Rambling in 2012 from Beaulieu to Bucklers Hard passed the brickworks at Baileys Hard, now a fine house. This was working from 1790 to 1935 and there used to be a tramway to the claypits. There's a beehive kiln beside the house but it's difficult to see amongst the trees. Also a WWII observation point near the target submarine pens near Fritham.

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The Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight

Long ago holidays, must go back at some time


The Dungeness fish tramways - TR 0940 1765

Along the road to the lighthouse there are seven disused or derelict tramways :-
Line 1. 1ft 9ins line.
Line 2. 2ft line with a rusty chassis and Decauville track panels.
Line 3. 2ft line.
Line 4. 15ins line with two halves of a chassis.
Line 5. 1ft 9ins line with very light rail.
Line 6. the site of another line with a few sleepers only.
Line 7. the site of a 2ft line with evidence of Decauville track panels.
These tramways are simply just laid across the shingle to bring the fishing fleet's catch from the seashore to the road. They appear to have used winches or capstans to haul the boats onto the shingle bank using an assortment of old engines.

Line 2

This is a 2ft (that's 60cm to you youngsters) gauge line with a complete chassis. This is to the West end of the beach.

Line 3

There is little left of this 2ft gauge line which is to the East of the beach.

Line 4

This 15 inch gauge line is still reasonably complete with some 'viaducts' carrying the line across dips in the shingle. There are two halves of a chassis, each half resembling a rail-borne roller skate along the track. They have 'SSCo' cast onto their axle-boxes.

Dungeness Beach

All manner of old engines, winches, casptans, boats and shacks are scattered round the beach, just not enough time to see and record it all.

The Railways of Kent

The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway

Lydd Town Station on the SECR Dungeness branch

Richborough on the East Kent Railway

Tenterden and the KESR

The Bowaters Railway, Sittingbourne in March 1970

Greater London and Middlesex

Norfolk and Suffolk

Bressingham Garden and Railway Centre, Norfolk

A day trip to Bressingham in August 1968

Suffolk - just one lonely photo

Surrey and Sussex

Brockham and Amberley Museums

I used to help out at Brockham Museum, near Dorking in Surrey, during the 1960s before the lack of public access forced a move to Amberley where it has grown into the excellent Amberley Museum - well worth a visit. There is a dedicated page with all the photos and lots of background information here :-

The Bluebell Railway in the 1960s and 1970s

and other parts of Surrey and Sussex

Acknowledgments, sources and further reading.

Dungeness fish tramways - IRS Bulletin 945, Graham and Leslie Feldwick

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