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I lived in Woolwich for many years. As a trainspotter I would cross over on the (steam-powered) Woolwich Free Ferry and catch the train to Stratford. This was around 1958-62. The steam hauled trains used Gresley Quad-Arts in the main - at least those are the ones I recall. I even took photos with one of my father's old cameras (only of locos, alas) but did not keep accurate records. By 1962 DMUs had come into use.

Can I recommend "Branch Lines around North Woolwich" by J E Connor, edited by Vic Mitchell and published by Middleton Press in 2001. ISBN 1 901706 656. This contains a wide range of photos of the North Woolwich line. And the North Woolwich Railway Museum has a lot of information as well.
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I am sure they were Quad-arts - the platforms at North Woolwich were not a great length and could only take about 4 coaches. Great subject perhaps for a model? Passenger and goods traffic, including industrial sidings - and if modelled pre-grouping a turn-table loco release arrangement for added interest.
Principle problem would be the 'disappearing act' - the line all the way to Silvertown Station is very flat, public roads on both sides and only a foot-bridge or two to break it up.
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I've just found my copy of "Return to North Woolwich" published in 1987 by the Passmore Edwards Museum Trust and the Great Eastern Railway Society. This confirms my recollections that steam was withdrawn by September 1962 - in the last year or so of steam operation there was a mix of steam and DMUs operating passenger trains.

This small book has some 40 photos of the line, including one showing the small turn-table, but it does not say when this was replaced by a points system.

Another photo, taken in July 1962, shows a coach built by BR but to an LNER design in use on a train.
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A PS to my last post - while rereading "Return to North Woolwich" over lunch I found in the small print in one photo caption that the small turntable was a casulty of WW2 and replaced then by points. Very model-like in that they used the prototype equivilant of three 'Y' points to get the locos off either platform road onto the central run-round road.

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