Dunkirk, Southern Railways part in clearing troops from the Channel Ports

Discussion in '1940' started by Roy Martin, Dec 15, 2018.

  1. Roy Martin

    Roy Martin Senior Member

    Andy's recent post about the tug Simla caused me to reread A D Divine's excellent book Dunkirk again.
    On page 242 he writes:
    "Then they (the rescued troops) were taken off to the stations, and the Southern Railway took over. There again was a masterpiece of organisation. Almost at an hour's notice the Southern Railway adapted its schedules to take on a stream that amounted to as many as 60,000 men a day. Normal Passenger services were ruthlessly truncated. ... The railways' contribution was a tremendous one."
    He goes on to describe the contribution of Southern's ships, and ends about their overall service:
    "These things have small glory, but they were an integral part of Dunkirk - a necessary, a vital part."

    During the later Aerial evacuation the GWR (God's Wonderful Railway) performed a excellent similar service.
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  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    No leaves on the line or wrong snow in those days :salut:

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  3. Richard Lewis

    Richard Lewis Member

    Not in May/June there weren't!
  4. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

  5. Roy Martin

    Roy Martin Senior Member

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