Author:   Peter Harding

Published:   2017
Edition:   Paperback
Pages:   32
Condition:   New
Genre:   Peter A. Harding Collection

Status:   In Stock


The Fovant Military Railway by Peter Harding. During the First World War Fovant, located between Wilton and Shaftesbury, became a major army encampment. The camp at Fovant was nearly completed when it was decided to connect with the main LSWR system and the line opened from Dinton station to the camp in October 1915.

The new train service was soon put to great use and apart from a regular service between Dinton and Fovant for passengers and supplies, the line received many special troop trains including ambulance trains bringing soldiers back from the war to be treated at Fovant military hospital.

Contents include a history of the line, description of the route, motive power and rolling stock, tickets and timetables, the closure of the line and the present scene. The book includes sketches and photographs.

Peter A. Harding has been writing and publishing his booklets since 1982 when the first edition of the Hawkhurst Branch Line was published. This title was meant to be a one off, but owing to demand he has now produced and published twenty five books in his series. The majority of the titles have since been updated and re-published as second editions, with the Hawkhurst Branch Line updated three times.

Enthusiasts of Southern branch lines and light railways have long been well served by Peter Harding’s excellent series of booklets. Each title is well researched by Peter and illustrated with images and personal drawings, making this series popular with rail enthusiasts and those interested in local history. Peter has previously mentioned that he has a tendency to focus on obscure lines which are often overlooked by other writers, such as the Hellingly Hospital Railway, making sure that such abandoned lines are not forgotten.