A New Replica Armoured Wagon

The armoured train is a fact of RHDR history, surrounded by legend. A wooden mock-up replica was made in the 1990’s and used for special event days. It has always attracted a lot of interest, even on static display.

As a special project which will come to fruition 80 years after the  start of World War II when the original train was commissioned, the RHDRA is commissioning a specialist company to build as near a replica of one of the original armoured wagons, as is possible, with a full suite of drawings and documentation for our heritage collection.

The latest news is that the frames of the wagon has been found to be so distorted and corroded that a new chassis will have to be fabricated. The original dates from the 1920’s and although we were very reluctant to replace this piece of history the decision has been taken to construct a new chassis which will enable the replica to be used on the Railway. The cost is not yet finalised but looks likely to be between £7,000-£10,000.

This will increase the overall cost of the project above the figure given below. The Trustees will need to think carefully as to whether this would represent best value for money for the Association.

A replacement wooden mock-up of locomotive armour will also be commissioned so that the replica can go out on the tracks for special events.

The cost of this high quality specialist work is high, but the result should be an accurate replacement, built on the original wagon-frame, which will last for many decades. We seek to raise contributions towards the £18,000 cost from members to do the work.

We are appealing for donations through the Special Projects Fund. Please support this exciting heritage venture, which will also serve as a memorial to those who served on the RHDR during the War.

26th March – the wagon leaves New Romney for the specialist rebuilders’ works:

The armoured wagon leaves New Romney for the specialist rebuilders’ works

The armoured train in WWII

Notice about rebuilding the Armoured Train Wagon

The wooden armoured wagon in poor condition