YEAR OF REMEMBRANCE: Lest we forget… The vital role of wartime railways – The Railway Magazine
Railways played a crucial and differing role in each of the two major global conflicts of the 20th century.
Trench warfare was a prime strategy in the First World War, with narrow-gauge railways becoming one of the main methods for supplying the front line as horses and carts, and especially lorries, couldn’t negotiate the treacherous terrain.
As a solution to supplying issues the British military adopted narrow-gauge railways in early 1916, the other combatants followed, and all used quickly laid 60cm gauge systems.
During the Second World War, the British railway companies’ managements joined together, effectively creating one company that was responsible for the transportation of troops, goods and weapons, plus the evacuation of children from major cities. YEAR OF REMEMBRANCE: Lest we forget… The vital role of wartime railways – The Railway Magazine