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« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2018, 23:21:18 »
Thanks for that link Herb Collector, that's going to take some serious reading.
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British Railways and the Great War
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2018, 22:35:43 »
British Railways and the Great War. Organisation, Efforts, Difficulties and Achievements.
Vols l & ll. Edwin A Pratt. Published 1921.

Available as free E-books @
Vol l
Vol ll
Read online or scroll down for download options. Contents for both Vols at start of Vol l, index at end of vol ll. 74 chapters.

The chapter of most interest to forum members is in Vol ll, chapter LXXIII, pages 1074 to 1114 (Pages 586 to 627 on Internet Archive) The South Eastern and Chatham.

        Then came the crisis; (The start of war) and one of the earliest indications thereof, in London, was afforded by the scenes witnessed at Charing Cross and Victoria Stations when the
        crowds of happy families on holiday bent were succeeded by groups of French and German reservists going back, via Dover, Folkestone or Queenborough, to their respective countries, the
        Frenchmen singing fervently the
"Marseillaise" on one platform while the Germans, in equally vigorous chorus, gave their "Deutschland, Deutschland über alles" on another.
               The Germans were interned once they reached the coast.

With access to and from the major ports of Dover, Folkestone and Richborough, the SE & C was of vital importance to the British war effort. The chapter covers the expansion of the railway, the ports of Dover, Folkestone and Richborough, the wartime careers of the SE & C cross-channel steamers and much more.
There are also two chapters on military and naval ambulance trains.


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