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War Department Light Railways

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The British WDLR, although late in recognising the benefits of narrow gauge railways, adopted a number of new and existing locomotive designs, both steam and internal combustion.

Much of this equipment formed the machinery used in the industrial narrow gauge railways which sprung up and modernised after the war – many a quarry or factory used WDLR surplus locomotives.

This meant that a number of WDLR locomotives and wagons came to be preserved, and the Moseley Railway Trust is slowly gathering such equipment at its Apedale base, in North Staffordshire.

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