John Jesty, Bere Regis, Dorset, 18-inch-gauge, 30 inches
All Aboard the Watercress Express: Water cress farmer John Jesty doesn't use horses or a tractor for his harvest at Bere Regis in Dorset. He's laid down two miles of 18-inch-gauge railway track through his 14 acres of watercress fields. It's the ideal way to get the watercress from the beds to the packing house," says John, 58. "The rows between the beds are only 30 inches wide and that??s too narrow for tractors. A lot of watercress farmers use wheelbarrows. Others have wider rows between the beds, but lose a lot of valuable growing land that way.??? John designed the engine and rolling stock himself and even made it in the farm workshop. The train is powered by an engine form a 1932 Austin 7 and can haul up to six tons. John Jesty sits in the cab of his watercress express. May 1978 P004493"
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