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Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: An armoured train on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch miniature railway in Kent.
Description: START 01:00:00 Unedited silent shots of an armoured train manned by a battalion from the Somerset Light Infantry (SOMLI) patrolling a stretch of the 15-inch guage railway line that runs from Hythe across the Romney Marshes to Dungeness. The crew consists of seven men, including the driver, and the armament consists of four First World War-vintage .303 Lewis Guns and two Boyes .5 inch anti-tank rifles.
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 693 ft; Running time: 2 mins
Notes: Summary: The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch miniature railway line started operating on 16 July 1927 and is still functioning today. After the Second World War broke out, one of its steam locomotives named 'Hercules' was fitted with armour plate. The two wagons carrying the gun crews originally came from the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway in Cumbria.
Remarks: Whilst of dubious military utility, there was a certain amount of propaganda value in filming this particular feature of Britain's anti-invasion defences.
Technical: Held on film with AYY 39.