|On one special tape, two complete programmes contrasting the different MoD railway operations at Chilmark, near Salisbury and Marchwood, near Southampton.
RAF Chilmark was a unique ammunition supply depot secretively situated in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside. This video traces the work of this interesting and unique depot during the spring of 1994 when supplies were being transferred to the NATO depot at Glen Douglas in Scotland, prior to the complete closure of Chilmark during 1995. Featured site movements include both standard and narrow gauge locomotives at Chilmark and Dinton as well as the unique narrow gauge railway from the privately owned Chilmark Stone Company Mine situated within the RAF site.
As well as pertinent interviews, this programme also features rare archive photographs and one of the unusual underground electric locomotives in operation. The line is connected by a four mile spur from Chilmark to the BR connection at Dinton which utilises part of the old double track main line from Exeter to Salisbury.
Marchwood MoD base is an extremely busy location that handles the import and export of a vast variety of goods for the MoD. These can range literally from stationery supplies through to tanks. The base which is connected to the main BR line which still runs to Fawley is operated entirely by standard gauge MoD vanguard locomotives. It also includes its own private harbour where goods are loaded onto waiting ships. Very unusually, Marchwood is busy enough to justify its own passenger service, which is featured along with BR movements onto the site.
Duration 61 minutes