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. We are currently developing the programme, and carrying out in-depth research into the role of the railways and railway workers during the war.

We will be adding more information to this page in the lead up to July 2016, but 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.

Background: BR Warflat