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Offline conan

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Re: Ridham Dock Salvage Depot. 1917-18
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2015, 13:26:20 »
Thanks for the link Herb Collector,that's a really good BBC
web site led me on a flurry of surfing that did :)
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Re: Ridham Dock Salvage Depot. 1917-18
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2015, 10:43:46 »
The ex L&SWR loco did, of course, remain in Kent for many years, purchased by Col Stephens for use on the East Kent light railway. Back in BR ownership it migrated to the Lyme Regis branch, the only type that could work there, and was fortunately preserved.


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Ridham Dock Salvage Depot. 1917-18
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2015, 21:43:48 »
Five National Salvage Depots were planned for late 1917, Blyth, Immingham, Manchester, Renfrew and Ridham. All came under the direct control of the Ministry of Munitions.
Ridham Dock was already in use for the export of munitions, and land was leased for the salvage depot from 10 May 1917 to 19 November 1918.
The salvage depots were responsible for the storing, sorting and repairing of all manner of military equipment, apart from weapons and vehicles, recovered damaged from the battlefield.
Most of the workforce were women. There is a splendid photo, with a short audio, @
The exact location of the depot buildings, Factory 185 of the Ministry of Munitions, within Ridham Docks is unknown.

At least two locomotives worked at the depot.

Kerr Stuart Skylark (No. 2) 0-4-2t, ex H Lovatt & Co, ex Salford Docks.

Ex London & South Western Railway 415 class, No. 488. 4-4-2t. Now on static display at the Bluebell Railway.


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