• The Kampala-Bombo 2ft Narrow Gauge Railway - A Stronach-Dutton Roadrail System

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  by rogerfarnworth
The Kampala to Bombo Narrow Gauge Railway - A Stronach-Dutton Roadrail Railway in Uganda in the 1920s.

At the insistence of the Governor of Uganda an independent novel rail system was tried out in the early 1920s. The trial resulted in the building of a line between Kampala and Bombo which operated during the middle years of that decade. Ultimately, the system failed and it was closed well before the end of the decade.

https://rogerfarnworth.com/2021/04/03/t ... bo-railway

This was a project run by the Direct Works department of the protectorate/colony and was not part of the much wider network of "The Uganda Railway" which stretched from Mombasa on the coast of Kenya to Kampala and eventually on the Kasese in the West of Uganda. Articles about the Uganda Railway network can be found on this link:

https://www.railroad.net/uganda-railway ... 67611.html

I discovered this line when I came across it in an article by Henry Lubega. I have discovered quite a bit more about the design philosophy since then. The system used for the line, the Stronagh-Dutton Roadrail System, is referred to elsewhere – particularly in “Narrow Gauge Steam … and other railway curiosities, Volume 1,” a ‘bookazene’ published by Kelsey Publishing and in a relatively short publication by the Narrow Gauge Society.

At first look, it seems quite an ingenious idea – removing the weight of the locomotive from the rails enabled much lighter rails to be used. In practice, however a whole series of factors rendered the idea impracticable.
  by David Benton
A bit of a teaser there , Roger , I'm fascinated to know how this system works.
I've done a Google search , but your great research skills may have better results , so I won't post it here , or in another link yet .
  by rogerfarnworth
Hi David,
I am very happy for you to follow this through. There is quite a bit around about the wider use of the system, particularly in Australia and South Africa. It was also used in the Wembley Exhibition in the UK.
best wishes