Railways and the First World War

News of our upcoming First World War programme beginning 7 July 2016, and selected resources.


The First World War was truly a railway war. For the first time in history, the railways allowed war to be fought on an industrialised scale, transporting vast numbers of men, and the ammunition which would kill so many of them.

From 7 July 2016, we will mark the centenary of the First World War with a programme of exhibitions, events and activities.

Our new exhibition tells the forgotten story of the ambulance trains used to evacuate sick and injured troops on an unprecedented scale during the First World War.

You can also follow our progress through our First World War posts on our blog.


Header image used with kind permission of the Willis Family.




Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund

Background: BR Warflat