DAVINGTON LIGHT RAILWAY - No.1 - 0-6-0ST - metre gauge - built 1916 by Manning Wardle & Co., Works No.1914 - sold on closure of railway, exported to Brazil - seen here at Davington Station, 10/16.
The Davington Light Railway was a metre gauge railway built to serve the armaments factories near Davington, in Kent. It ran for 3 miles to transport workers from Davington, near Faversham, to the factories of the Cotton Powder Company and the Explosives Loading Company, located between Uplees and Harty Ferry. The carriages were all open sided, with curtains to keep the weather out. Separate trains were provided for men and women, on account of the coarse language the men used. The line operated 3 identical Manning Wardle 0-6-0ST's, Works Nos. 1914/5/6 plus a number of petrol tractors. Freight was also carried, including acid, coal, cotton, detonators, mines and shells. Four wagons from the railway were purchased by Colonel Stephens for use on the Rye and Camber Tramway. The line closed at the end of World War I, and the line and its equipment were sold by auction.