NARROW GAUGE SUSPENSION RAILWAY.
«• A novel and experimental railway has just been constructed at Aldershott Camp. It is of 18in gauge, and upon the "suspension" principle, patented by Mr J. B. Fell. It is to be worked by a locomotive engine specially designed and built by Messrs Manning, Wardle, and Co., of the Engine Works, Leeds. It is to meet military as well as other requirements that the "Narrow Gauge Suspension Railway 1 ' has been introduced. It can be made and worked at a much less cost than any other form of railway, and is capable of carrying the whole of the traffic of branch or mineral lines. The whole railway consists of a continuous structure, formed of wood or iron; a single row" of pillars stand at regular intervals along the line ; the lower ends of the pillars rest upon wood sleepers, and are steadied by transverse diagonal struts, ; holes are dug in the ground, the pillars placed in position, and the earth well rammed down. The length of the pillar v aries according to the contour of the ground, for their upper ends must range with each other, so as to carry the superstructure ; this is formed by two longitudinal beams of wood (or iron) placed side by side, with a space between them, bolted to, strutted from, and supported by the pillars. The railway will thus be sometimes only 3ft, above the surface, while in crossing valleys or ravines it may be from 20ft to 30ft high from the ground, and it may have curves or gradients as on any other railway. These longitudinal beams form continuous "sleepers," and carry four rails; two on their upper surfaces, and two on their outer sides ; the surface rails are of iron, these carry the train, and may be ofany gauge, from Bin to 18in; the side rails are of wood or 'iron, nailed along near the lower edges of the beams, so as to be below the level of the carrying rails. They are peculiar to this system, and act as " guides'' for the horizontal wheels of the waggons and carriages. Where sidings occur, or shunting is required, the switches are formed by making a SOftlengthofthe railway to point on one end, while the other end resting on a pair of rollers, travels from the main line to and from the
siding. The carriages are suspended bulow the axles, by which airangement the centre of gravity is brought very low, and they are furnished with horizontal wheels running against the "guide" rails above described, whereby (the equilibrium of* the carriage to leave is maintained and it is. rendered almost impossible for it to leave the rails. A committee of Royal Engineers having been appointed by the War Office to investigate the merits of the system reported so favorably that an experimental locomotive line of 13in gauge, about one mile in length, has been made at Aldershott Camp. All the details appears- to ha\e been carefully considered, and. if the result is as satisfactory as anticipated, it is intended to make several miles of this railway in and about the camps at Aldershott, and in leisure times the soldiers will be exercised in taking down and putting it up again for military transport service.
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Wellington Independent, Wellington Independent, Volume XXVIII, Issue 3611, 24 September 1872
NARROW GAUGE SUSPENSION RAILWAY. Wellington Independent, Volume XXVIII, Issue 3611, 24 September 1872
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