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Trones Wood/ Guillemont. 1916. small-gauge railway

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My Grand Dad worked at an Ammo' dump in Carnoy--his unit war diary talks of ammunition being taken forward from here by small-gauge railway,to Guillemont Station in OCTOBER after Guillemont had been re-taken ( and presumably this line/station rebuilt). I have some pics of "Guillemont Station" after it had been "wrecked"-but does anyone have any photos / info of the small-gauge railway that travelled this route during or just before the Somme offensive? ----Carnoy----Bernafay wood ?Trones wood etc? "thanks". Dave B.

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Hello Dave

Here is a map of the wooded area showing part of the rail route, It would be nice to see those pictures of the wrecked station

Hope this helps

Andy

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Hi Andy-Thanks for that-----it explains a lot. Didn't realise the line also went up northwards before Guillemont station!--Don't know its destination on this "spur" do you?

The photo is well documented in the batleground europe series "Guillemont" for example-can get a copy to you-but still not really sure how to get a photo up on the forum!!( I'm not too good with the ole computer). I will try over the weekend.

again "thanks". Best wishes Dave B.

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OK Dave that would be good, keep pressing the buttons and see what you can do, I've heard that before somewhere :D

In the meantime here is a picture of one of the pill boxes in Trones wood......the light railway sits in the foreground

Andy

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OK Dave that would be good, keep pressing the buttons and see what you can do, I've heard that before somewhere :D

In the meantime here is a picture of one of the pill boxes in Trones wood......the light railway sits in the foreground

Andy

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Andy-That's fantastic!!------------couldn't have hoped for a better reply-really appreciated Thanks.-good to see a bit of what my Granddad would have seen whilst taking up the ammunition!! I've been to Trones wood a couple of times ( bit different now!)-don't suppose I could really chance my luck by asking if you know wherabouts in trones wood the pill box was? ( probably a stupid question as there aren't too many landmarks are there!!)--and one of ours ? or one of theirs?

I really must learn to master the skills of getting an image onto a posting!!------I will persevere at weekend--you MIGHT have an image of GILLYMONT station---or there again----??!!

Anyway-really pleased with the photo you sent-thanks again!!

Best wishes Dave B.

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Dave,

Excuse me butting in, but the pill box in the photo is no more, there was a thread about this a while ago. Also the famous photo of the underground bunker in Bernafay Wood gives false hopes, it is also lost !

Mick

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Yes Dave as Mick says this pill box is long gone , but it does show you a view of the light railway back then

Thanks

Andy

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Yes Dave as Mick says this pill box is long gone , but it does show you a view of the light railway back then

Stupid question and a hi-jack of the thread (sorry) but what happened to the pill boxes?

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Hi Frank

Good question , these things where destroyed or taken apart as the locals wanted to return to working fields/woods or to take the area back to its natural beauty

Someone here on the Forum might know when :unsure:

Andy

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Hi Frank

Good question , these things where destroyed or taken apart as the locals wanted to return to working fields/woods or to take the area back to its natural beauty

Someone here on the Forum might know when :unsure:

Andy

Hi again Andy---I've found the original thread on the subject "pill box in trones wood" from october 2006. Very interesting-did anyone ever suss out the exact location of the pill box last seen about (10? ) years ago along the west side of trones wood by "trenchtrotter"?------and do you think this might have been the one in the 1919 photo? Was this "siting" ever resolved or ever "re-discovered" as far as you know? Interesting about the "branch line" in the photo. Can't locate a pill box ( from the sketch map originally sent by stebie9173 on this thread) anywhere near the "junction" to the east of Trones wood---again--did this issue ever get resolved as far as you know?

( hope you don't mind this barrage of questions about a 3 year old thread).

With many thanks. Dave. B.

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Hi again Andy---I've found the original thread on the subject "pill box in trones wood" from october 2006. Very interesting-did anyone ever suss out the exact location of the pill box last seen about (10? ) years ago along the west side of trones wood by "trenchtrotter"?------and do you think this might have been the one in the 1919 photo? Was this "siting" ever resolved or ever "re-discovered" as far as you know? Interesting about the "branch line" in the photo. Can't locate a pill box ( from the sketch map originally sent by stebie9173 on this thread) anywhere near the "junction" to the east of Trones wood---again--did this issue ever get resolved as far as you know?

( hope you don't mind this barrage of questions about a 3 year old thread).

With many thanks. Dave. B.

p.s.--------STILL unable to work out how to get the picture to you of the destroyed rail station at GUILLEMONT. I will keep trying--I will have to go back to basics i think ( i.e. have a word with the 6 yr old computer genius who lives next door!). You WILL get it Andy "promise".!!

Best wishes dave.

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