British armored train


British armored train

British armored narrow gauge train
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The Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway (RH&DR) is a 15 in (381 mm) gauge light railway in Kent, England, operating steam and internal combustion locomotives. The 13 3⁄4-mile (22.1 km) line runs from the Cinque Port of Hythe via Dymchurch, St. Mary's Bay, New Romney and Romney Sands to Dungeness, close to Dungeness nuclear power station and Dungeness Lighthouse.

During World War II, a miniature armoured train was used on the line to patrol the coast in case of invasion. The train was armed with a Boys anti-tank rifle and Lewis guns.
Armoured train WW2

At the outbreak of World War 2 the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch railway was requisitioned by the MOD and taken over by the War Department. It was operated by Somerset Light Infantry as a military railway and used extensively for the rapid transport of soldiers, who had been billeted at the various holiday camps, in the area.

Engine No. 5 “Hercules” was fitted with boiler plate armour and two bogie wagons were purchased from Ravenglass and Eskdale railway and similarly fitted with armour plate and equipped with a Boys anti-tank rifle and several sets of WW1 0.303in Lewis guns and used to patrol the coast in case of invasion. The train was credited with shooting down at least one German aircraft (Dornier 17) but there is some doubt whether the aircraft was hit by gunfire or misjudged its altitude due to the miniature size of the train.


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