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- Last updated: 19/02/2022
When steam trains first appeared, it did not take the military long to see how useful the railway networks would be in the mass movement of troops and supplies. This continued right the way through both world wars and into the period known as the ‘Cold War’. In Britain, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) operated its own rail service which, as this specialist work recounts, extended across the country. Train enthusiasts and military historians alike will welcome this long-overdue book, which is packed full of illustrations showing the engines and the depots from which they operated. At its peak, the MOD railways carried everything from mail to bombs and tanks, plus delivered the cargo where it was needed. This may sound like a nostalgia trip, but that is what history is about, and this very level-headed work will surprise readers with the scale of the operation that helped keep the country’s armed forces operational.