WW1 WW RAILWAYS
GETTING TRAINS TO THE TRENCHES
Bridges were often bombed by the enemy to cause disruption. To get trains up and running again quickly after incidents, engineers had to build temporary constructions. Even heavy locomotives could travel over them. This wooden structure was built over the Celle River near Amiens, France.
A combination of Turkish and German troops prepare to unload a narrow-gauge train at Jariscbaschi in Asia Minor, in April 1917. In this photograph, the train’s driver can be seen wearing a German uniform.
Carrying on regardless
From 1917, the role of the field railways expanded rapidly to deal with the huge demands of frontlines everywhere. Here, German troops can be seen constructing a field railway in March 1918.
Alongside Chinese labour, skilled engineers, such as these British soldiers pictured in France in October 1918, were also used to rebuild damaged sections of railway during the conflict.