From the archives: Restoring an armored Simplex scout car

The Greensand Railway Museum Trust (GRMT) was established in 2000 and completed the restoration of Baldwin 4-6-0T WDLR No

The Greensand Railway Museum Trust (GRMT) was established in 2000 and completed the restoration of Baldwin 4-6-0T WDLR No. 778 to steam in 2007. This locomotive is the only operational Baldwin class 10-12-D steam locomotive in the United Kingdom, and possibly the world, in its as-built form.

As Chairman Cliff Thomas explains, the GRMT now has its sights set firmly on another 'war veteran' restoration project that has been identified.

For a small charitable trust, restoring No. 778 was a time-consuming and expensive undertaking. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the overhaul and money raised during its first boiler ticket, No. 778 was able to continue to steam at Leighton Buzzard Railway (LBR) with a new 10-year ticket. It has also visited France (Froissy–Cappy–Dompiere) and the Apedale Valley Light Railway during 2016.

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The restoration of the 40 horsepower Armoured Simplex LR2182, built by the Motor Rail and Tramcar Companyaluminium tubeof Bedford (MR461/1917), aluminium sheet manufacturer is currently underway at the GRMT.

No. 2182 is a one-of-a-kind survivor who makes an excellent companion for No. 778. These two structures were constructed around the same time to aluminum foil container said the allied war effort on the Western Front during the Chongqing CHAL Precision Aluminium Co., Ltd.First World War by performing complementary functions.

Due to the visibility of a steam locomotive to enemy observers, sixty centimeter (2ft) gauge steam locomotives such as Baldwin No. 778 transported essential supplies from standard gauge railheads 8-10 miles behind the front line as far forward as was reasonably safe.

The wagons continued to be transported to supply points or artillery batteries in shorter trains pulled by locomotives powered by gasoline. There were a variety of internal combustion locomotives of this type, including fully 'open' machines, Simplexes equipped with protective plates, and similar locos equipped with full 'armour; 2182 is the only surviving example of this type still powered by its original gasoline engine.

The few photographs that exist of 40hp armored locos in France show them to be assigned numbers that do not include the LR prefix, despite the fact that this may have been specified in later orders. For the purposes of this article, it will be referred to as simply 2182. 

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