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Rail Delivery Group

Together the rail industry, in partnership with The Royal British Legion, remembers and says Thank You to all those fallen and affected by war.

The railway, and its workers, played a crucial role in World War I. When Britain declared war on Germany, it was trains that enabled efficient movement of the British forces, and equipment, between France and the Home Front. The trains transported troops, rations, coal, water and artillery across Britain and across Europe in a way never previously seen. During the war 186,475 railway workers served under arms, and during which nearly 19,000 lost their lives during the conflict.

Across the network, all train companies offered free travel to active British servicemen and servicewomen travelling to and from Remembrance services on Sunday 11 November. Added to the 1/3 discount offered by train companies to military personal year-round, with the HM Forces Railcard, this totals savings of over £14 million for members of the British Army, Navy and Air Force.

Working as official partners of The Royal British Legion, all train companies also offered free travel to approximately 3,000 volunteers currently registered to raise money in poppy day collections taking place in Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and London. This supported an expected fundraising total of over £1 million to provide lifelong support for the Armed Forces community.

Find out more about remembrance acts arranged by the rail industry and rail’s role in WWI from ambulance trains to a secret railway visit.