Post 1939 Welsh Military Railways

Royal Ordnance factories logo

Wales was home to some of the largest War Department railway systems and Royal Ordnance factories in the UK Shropshire & Montgomeryshire Railway, ROF Bridgend, and ROF Wrexham.

My research is on going, but I have been fortunate in recent years to have visited the Royal Ordnance Factory in Glascoed, Royal Armament Depot in Trecwn and the former Royal Navel Propellant Factory in Caerwent.

Reference information on locos can be found in the The Industrial Railway Society,s publications. Some railway layouts can be found in Tony Cooke's Track Layout Diagrams of the GWR and BR (WR) (being reprinted by Lightmoor Press).

Royal Ordnance factories logo

Selected Reading  

  • The Shropshire & Montgomeryshire Light Railway Under Military Control 1940 – 1960. - Mike Christensen, Lightmoor Press, 2011, ISBN 9781899889549
  • Damage And Disruption on the Railways Of Great Britain during World War 2. B.W.L. Brooksbank. Privately published,
  • History of the Second World War United Kingdom Civil Seriess: Inland Transport. C.I. Savage, HMSO/Longmans, Green & Co, 1957.
  • History of the British Railways During the War 1939-1945. R Bell, (Railway Gazette, 1946)
  • Allied Military Locomotives Of The Second World War. R. Tourret, Tourett Publishing, 1995, ISBN 0-905878-06-X
  • Beachley And The First World War, The Story Of A Shipyard, A Railway And The Transformation Of A Rural Parish. Carol & Richard Clammer, Lightmoor Press, 2018, ISBN 978 1911038 26 9
  • Continent, Coalfield and Conservation The biographical history of the British Army Austerity 0-6-0 saddle tank. A.P. Lambert & J.C. Woods, IRS, 1991, ISBN 0 901096 63 6
  • Locomotives In Profile Volume 2. edited Brian Reed, Profile Publications, 1972, ISBN 0 85383 051 7
  • Locomotives Of The Ministry Of Defence. R. K. Hartley, IRS, 1992, ISBN 0 901096 71 7
  • Over Here The Story of the United States Army Transportation Corps Class S160 locomotives. R.N. Higgins, Big Jim Publishing, 1980, ISBN 0 907234 00 8
  • The USA 756TH RSB (Railway Shop Battalion) At Newport (Ebbw Junction). E.R. Mountford, Oakwood, 1989, ISBN 0 85361 380 X
  • Heavy Goods Engines Of The War Department Vols 1 to 3. J.W.P. Rowledge, Springmead Railway Books, 1972,

  • WRRC Journal Volume 5 Supplement. Trains to Tremains.