Colne Valley Waterworks railway

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Colne Valley Waterworks railway
Locale England
Dates of operation 1931–1967
Track gauge 2 ft (610 mm)
Length 1 mile (1.6 km)
Headquarters Watford

The Colne Valley Waterworks railway was a 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge industrial railway connecting the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) Watford to Rickmansworth branch line with the Eastbury Pumping Station.

History[edit]

The Colne Valley Water Company opened the Eastbury Pumping Station near Watford in 1873. In 1931 the company opened a narrow gauge railway connecting the pumping station with the LMS standard gauge branch line between Watford and Rickmansworth. The line ran southeast from a private siding on the LMS line, crossed the River Colne by a relatively substantial plate girder bridge and ended in a yard at the pumping station. The railway carried coal to power the pumping station and chlorine and salt for the water softening plant.

Decline and closure[edit]

The pumping station switched from coal to diesel power in 1956; after this use of the railway declined significantly. Chlorine and salt were still carried by rail. The line closed in 1967. The two locomotives were purchased for preservation.

Locomotives[edit]

Number Builder Type Date Works number Notes
1 Ruston & Hornsby 4wDM 1932 166015 Preserved at the Amberley Chalk Pits Museum in 1968
2 Ruston & Hornsby 4wDM 1933 166024 Preserved at the Amberley Chalk Pits Museum in 1968

References[edit]

  • Neale, Andrew (April 1992). "Coal, Chemicals and Salt. The Colne Valley Waterworks Railway". Narrow Gauge & Industrial Railway Modelling Review (Ram Productions Ltd.) 2 (10). ISSN 0958-0808. 

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