Lockdown distractions

This new page will periodically update with items we hope our members will find interesting. If you have something you think fits the bill then please let me know (contact details in the Coal Tank)


80 years ago, on 26 May 1940, Operation Dynamo began the evacuation of British troops from Dunkirk. During the following 9 days 386,000 soldiers were lifted off the beaches of Dunkirk and carried across the channel to UK Channel ports. To move these troops from the ports to their bases in the UK, the Southern Railway ran 586 special trains over a 9 day period from Sheerness, Margate, Ramsgate, Dover and Folkestone   21 of these trains were ambulance trains. The two ex LSWR vehicles at Blaenavon were then still working as SR dining cars, being subsequently converted in 1942/3 at Swindon. Each of the special troop trains moved about 600 men from the ports.

Tim Clarke

The Blue Pullman

These operated between St Pancras and Manchester and to 3 destinations from Paddington – Cardiff, Bristol and Birmingham. The video clip gives some idea of what they were like.

Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway 30th Anniversary Steam Gala

This video includes The Coal Tank and Super D

Page last updated 09/06/20