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Bideford, Westward Ho! & Appledore Railway

by Greg Martin

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The Bideford, Westward Ho! & Appledore Railway  is said to be the only British railway company to have an exclamation mark (!) in its name.  It opened in 1901 and closed in 1917.

Steam Locomotives
Three 2-4-2Ts were supplied by Hunslet in 1900. Outside cylinders 12x18". Weight 27 tons. Driving Wheels 3'3". Pony wheels 2'0". 140 lb sq in. Coupled Wheelbase 5'0". Overall Wheelbase 16'6".

1

GRENVILLE

HE

713

1900

2

KINGSLEY

HE

714

1900

3

TORRIDGE

HE

715

1900

The Bideford Westward Ho & Appledore Railway ? Oakwood Press - pages 68/9

1

GRENVILLE

2-4-2T

OC

HE

713

1900

New

Note 1

2

KINGSLEY

2-4-2T

OC

HE

714

1900

New

Note 2

3

TORRIDGE

2-4-2T

OC

HE

715

1900

New

Note 1

Note 1: to Ministry of Munitions (MoM) Pembrey, Carmathenshire August 1917. Subsequent location not known.
Note 2: to Ministry of Munitions (MoM) Avonmouth, Gloucestershire August 1917, later National Smelting, Avonmouth
Industrial Locomotives of South Western England. IRS Handbook H. Page H27

1. "GRENVILLE"
2-4-2T. outside cylinders. Hunslet 713 of 1900
To: BWH&AR, Devon
To: MoM Pembrey (NFF No.18) Aug 1917 as "1" "GRENVILLE"
To: Unknown owner (seen Oxford, GWR, 23 May 1920)
Industrial Locomotives of Dyfed & Powys. Page 181

2. "KINGSLEY"
Kingsley was sold to the National Smelting Company, and was finally scrapped in 1937.
The Bideford Westward Ho & Appledore Railway ? Oakwood Press - page 126

2-4-2T. outside cylinders. HE. 714. 1900
New: BWH&AR as "Kingsley"
To: Ministry of Munitions, Avonmouth Factory, circa 1917 as "KINGSLEY" (Factory closed by 1921)
To: National Smelting Co Ltd in 1924 with site as "No 2"
To: Scrapped 1937
Industrial Locomotives of South Western England. IRS Handbook H. Pages H89/H91

3. "TORRIDGE"
2-4-2T. outside cylinders. Hunslet 715 of 1900
To: BWH&AR, Devon
To: MoM Pembrey (NFF No.18) Aug 1917 as "3" "TORRIDGE"
To: Sold or scrapped after Sep 1918
Industrial Locomotives of Dyfed & Powys. Page 181

Locomotive Livery
Dark green with black chimney, smokebox and cab roof. Dome and safety valve covers were polished brass. Fully lined out in yellow or off-white. Lining was applied to side tanks, cab sides, cab rear and wheel skirting. Buffer beams and shanks were bright red.
The Bideford Westward Ho & Appledore Railway ? Oakwood Press - page 68

Rolling Stock
Six American style bogie coaches by Bristol C&W. 4 x composites & 2 x 3rd class. The composites were 45'0" long. Internal width 9'0". Seated 40. Centre buffers. Buffer to buffer 48'. Bogie centres 28'. Width 11'3". Bogie wb 6'0". Wheels 3'1". The two 3rd class coaches were similar, but 60'0" long.
The Bideford Westward Ho & Appledore Railway ? Oakwood Press - pages 71/2

The eight goods vehicles were 4-plank opens with centrally placed drop doors on each side.
The Bideford Westward Ho & Appledore Railway ? Oakwood Press - page 74

The line had one guards van, for both passenger and goods use. Equipped with pairs of sliding doors (lettering was on the sliding doors).
The Bideford Westward Ho & Appledore Railway ? Oakwood Press - page 76

Carriage Livery
Polished teak with the company's name in full below the windows and the Bideford coat of arms on the side panels. The words "First Class" and "Third Class" were at the appropriate ends of the composite coaches. Interior was polished oak with teak mouldings. Ceilings pale green Lincrusta Walton picked out in gold.
The Bideford Westward Ho & Appledore Railway ? Oakwood Press - page 71

Goods stock was lettered "BWH&AR" in small white lettering, 2nd plank from top, split with "BWH" on one side and "&AR" on the other. Colour unknown (possibly brown or grey).
The Bideford Westward Ho & Appledore Railway ? Oakwood Press - page 74

History
Six mile line opened Bideford ? Northam 24/4/1901. Extended to Appledore 1/5/1908. Depot at Bideford, map reference SS 452 271. Services suspended 28/3/1917, locomotives requisitioned and track lifted.
Industrial Locomotives of South Western England. IRS Handbook H. Page H27


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