WW1 WW RAIL­WAYS

GET­TING TRAINS TO THE TRENCHES

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Im­pro­vi­sa­tional skills

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.

All aboard

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.

Es­sen­tial re­pairs

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.

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