RANG narrow gauge railway
The build of Royal Arsenal Narrow Gauge railway started in 2017. It is known known as the RANG Railway at the iconic Crossness Pumping Station beside the River Thames. The railway is so named for its close proximity to the old Royal Arsenal Railway which was a mere 100 metres away from our engine shed.
The Busy Basil, now Bazalgette arrives
Thanks to Crowdfunder.UK and all 119 supporters we successfully raised £13,386 in 77 days closing on 4th March 2019. This original crowdfunding campaign provided nearly all the rail materials needed for the 700-metre journey. We have been running a limited line of passenger traffic since June 23rd this year.
“We are so nearly there”
Now we are looking for final funds to complete the lower station
What do we want to do?
To mitigate the long walk from the car park we set about an ambitious task of laying a new build narrow gauge railway. To complete the re-build of a section of the original 1860 contractor’s railway, laid by William Webster, from Plumstead sidings to Crossness Point, which was lifted and re-laid three times before finally disappearing in circa 1940.
The RANG team of volunteers at Crossness Engines Trust, embarked on the task of a new build narrow gauge railway, after full restoration of Severn-Lamb diesel locomotive BUSY BASIL now renamed BAZALGETTE and a rake of carriages that were at Bygones Village Museum Railway found resting at a narrow-gauge railway in Lancashire, arrived at Crossness in 2018.
What makes the project so great?
This 2-foot gauge passenger line will provide a unique arrival at the listed 1865 “Cathedral on the Marsh”, a masterpiece of Victorian engineering, the Crossness Pumping station, conceived by the visionary Sir Joseph Bazalgette; opened in 1865 it finally cleared deadly cholera from London with the “first sewer system”
Who are we?
A band of multi-disciplined volunteers nearly all retired - engineers, administrators, technicians-automotive and rail, fitter welders, Q/C manager, electronics, manufacturing engineers & scientist.
Action on the Permanent Way.
Finding our locomotive and carriage stock was not easy, the restoration was lengthy.
Now the challenge was there to build track, it just had to be taken up, re-build it on the 1860 trackbed. Work started on 28th December 2018, since we have moved, levelled and compacted over 160 tons of Type 1 Sub Base, laid thirty 36-foot long track frames weighing 420 lbs each, and built the top station run-round loop and temporary lower station.
No Mean feat for a Team of Oldies!
Busy Basil arrived like this – Bazalgette now 2019
How are the appeal funds target £9,500 to be spent?
To complete the lower station run round loop we need two sets of points, (as shown below) a few more track frames, ballast for the track and timber sleepers to build the station platforms.
Rewards RANG Railway appeal
£0 – £50 free ride
£50 – £99 footplate ride
£100 – £199 RANG tee shirt
£200 plus a limited edition print of Bazalgette by Jonathan Clay.