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    The Rowtor Target Railway, situated in the middle of nowhere on Dartmoor. The layout is a dumb bell shape with a two lane shed at one end, 4 sets of points and i would estimate just over 500 yards of track, all of which seems to be in remarkable condition considering the harsh conditions up there on the moor. The train would be set on its way and would be unmanned, and soldiers would us the train as a target to shoot at

    I believe that the loco is still in the engine shed

    Well worth a visit































    The last pic shows the abutments from where the soldiers used to shoot at the train, the track runs along the ridge at the top of the picture, and the engine shed is on the right

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimmyRaa View Post
    The Rowtor Target Railway, situated in the middle of nowhere on Dartmoor. The layout is a dumb bell shape with a two lane shed at one end, 4 sets of points and i would estimate just over 500 yards of track, all of which seems to be in remarkable condition considering the harsh conditions up there on the moor. The train would be set on its way and would be unmanned, and soldiers would us the train as a target to shoot at

    I believe that the loco is still in the engine shed

    Well worth a visit





























    The last pic shows the abutments from where the soldiers used to shoot at the train, the track runs along the ridge at the top of the picture, and the engine shed is on the right
    Shoot at Trains!? That should not be allowed! great set of pics by the way!:)
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    Very nice pics & report.

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    Hi TimmyRaa.
    An unusual find indeed. I'm far from being any sort of expert on mil stuff, but this is the first I've heard of something like this. Do you have any further info? Like when it was built/used last/GE co-ordinates etc?
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    Wow, what a great find, I really like this, well done for posting this up.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/45100355@N04/

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    ooooooooooooh I do like this. Just found it on where's the path maps. it looks great. Good pics too. thank you for putting them up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ml1275 View Post
    Yeah thats the place, just try to choose a nice day as its pretty exposed.

    Unfortunately, i dont know a lot else as hardly any body knows much about this railway, even a mate of mine who drives on the nearby standard gauge Dartmoor Railway in Okehampton, didnt know of its existence.

    I was told that one of the locos is on the Leighton Buzzard Railway here - http://narrowperspectives.ukgeeks.co.uk/p58845878.html

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    Excellent find and fabulous photos...very evocative of the windswept moor. Nice one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flexible View Post
    Hi TimmyRaa.
    An unusual find indeed. I'm far from being any sort of expert on mil stuff, but this is the first I've heard of something like this. Do you have any further info? Like when it was built/used last/GE co-ordinates etc?
    I think you'll find all the info you're ever likely to need (including photographs) in this fascinating document that I managed to unearth this morning.

    Nice find by the way. Despite 23 years in the regular army I'd never seen or heard of this place either, but I'm pretty sure that members of my regiment who served in Plymouth in the 1960s would have had more than their fill of the place. Look almost as bleak as flaming Otterburn :)

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