taking a branch to the pier at Rock Lea. As WWI progressed an embankment was built to allow private access to the pier via a bridge across the main line thus avoiding impeding main line traffic. The bridge still exists and the line of the embankment can still be followed though, sadly, the pier is long gone.
Coal for the water pumping station at Corfe Mullen was delivered down the Somerset and Dorset railway to two long sidings at the back of the pumping station. These were known officially as “Admiralty Sidings”.
In addition to the standard gauge tracks within RNCF there was an extensive narrow gauge system of 2ft 6in (0.76m) gauge. This reached every building and covered over 20km and used a variety of locomotives; fireless steam, diesel and battery electric were all used in various parts of the factory, depending upon the perceived risks. Each locomotive carried an instruction indicating areas where it was not to be used. Although the narrow gauge system was essentially for goods traffic it was occasionally used for the transport of VIP passengers.