Chatham Historic Dockyard Railway
Bogie Passenger Wagon

This passenger vehicle used the same bogie and wheel arrangement as the previous trolley, it had a central longitudinal seat and two sets of main frames, the upper longitudinal members were 17ft 6in long, 3.1/2in deep and 4.1/2in wide.

The end CI'OSS members flanking the bogie pins were of cross section measuring S.l/2in by 3.1I2in and their middle cross member was of 8in by 4.1I2in section timber, tbe lower longitudinal frames were 20ft long, 2.1I4in deep and 5in wide, tbeir two end cross members were of 2.1I4in by 4.112io section timber and their middle cross member was of 2.1I4in by Sin timber.

The uppermost back rails for the seats were of teak, 3.1I2in deep and 1.112in wide, whilst the lower rails were of the same material, Sin deep and 2in wide, the stanchions separating the rails were of 1I4in diameter iron bar.

The vehicle was designed so that the seats could hinge upwards towards the centre revealing a compartment in which the workman's luggage could be stowed.

The seats, toe guards and side panelling were all made from one inch thick teak, whilst the internal floor and ends of the luggage compartments were of one inch thid\. spruce, the stayh'ons connecting the top and bottom frames at their ends were of 2in by 1 in section, those supporting the footboards were of lin by 1I2in section, while tbose })ositioned on the underside of tbe lower frame assembly were 19ft long, 2in wide and 0.875in thkk.

The irons on the inside of the upper longitudinal main frames were 3.1I2in deep and 0.3125in thick and the flat stay irons inside the panelling were 1.1I2in by 1I2in.

The normal capacity of this vehicle was 30 workmen but there was a larger and simpler design wbich could carry no less than 50 workmen, the recorded dimensions of the vehicle were: length 36ft, width 4ft 7in, height to top of platform 2ft 1.112in and to top of seat 3ft 6.1!2in.

Unfortunately, no details of the construction of these vehicles appear to have survived, but it is known that another type of passenger vehicle was improvised by mounting a ships "brow" or trussed gangway on cradle assemblies carried by two cast iron four wheeled "wagons [these assemblies were normally used for the carriage of long items such as ships masts}, a longjtudinal doubJe seat was mounted on the upper side of the gangway.

Although these vehicles are likely to have been extremely uncomfortable to travel in as they were unsprung, it is probable that they stood up to the hard usage that they \vould have endured in a manner rather better than the early purpose built passenger vehicles with their primitive and delicate bogie design, however, there does not appear to have been a great degree of development in the design of the rolling stock at Chatham, the most significant in relation to bogie vehicles appears to have been the predictable use of conventional sprung, outside framed bogies on some later wagons.

One enclosed carriage, fitted with windows [for the conveyance of officers} is known to have been in use on the 18in gauge Dockyard system by 1908.

After the cessation of locomotive haulage in the late 1930s, some parts of the Dockyard tramway remained in use for hand-pushed four-wheeled wagons.


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