For 200 years the Royal Gunpowder Factory at
Waltham Abbey, Essex, manufactured gunpowder and in later years cordite.
An extensive canal system was used for transport within the factory and
sailing barges took finished products to Woolwich Arsenal.
This layout features an 18 inch gauge railway
system which was first installed in 1917 and then extended in the inter-war
period, using diesel and battery powered locomotives. On the model a
few of the hundreds of explosive production and storage buildings have been
re-arranged to form a linear diorama.
9mm (N gauge) track is used for the 18” railway
so everything is to a scale of 6mm/ft. All buildings, trains and boats
are scratch built from original drawings, direct measurements and
The Royal Gunpowder Mills has been open to the public from 2001 - for
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