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Offline mikeb

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War time Railways
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2017, 19:37:11 »
Not sure if I have posted this in the right place, Kyn please re-direct if not.
I had an Uncle who during the 2nd W.W. was a platelayer / linesman for the Southern Railway. His "beat" on alternate days was Hollingbourne / Maidstone East & return, or Hollingbourne / Charing & return: a lot of walking! He told me that during the build up for D.Day, all the goods yards for the villages between Maidstone / Ashford were closed and given over to storage of wagons loaded with tanks etc ready for shipment to France. This I can understand, but he also stated that the down line, Maidstone East / Ashford was also given over to storage of wagons and very many locomotives also awaiting shipment. This surprises me as I would have thought this would be a valuable diversionary route.
My question is, (not doubting my Uncles word) but has anyone else heard the same story as I have not been able to verify this.


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