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WAR! 1914

Lancaster and The King's Own go to War.

The model railway is remain on display until the end of March 2015.

Generously supported by the Sir John Fisher Foundation.

The Model Railway based upon Didcot in 1914.

The working model railway is based upon some of the photographs we have of the 5th King's Own when they were guarding lines of communication (the Great Western Railway) and also undertaking training.  The Great Western Railway coaches are pulled by County Class locomotives of the period, but from time assistance is given by other locomotives such as Thomas, James and Gordon, to entertain our younger visitors!


Some of the first casualties sustained by both the 4th and 5th Battalions were through accidents involving the railways. 

From the 4th Battalion history "It was not to be expected that men fresh from the country, many of whom had never seen an express train before, could carry out these duties on a section of line such as the one for which the Battalion was responsible, without some casualties occurring. During the time the Battalion was employed on this duty several good men lost their lives in the service of their country, who would no doubt have preferably made the same sacrifice, had the opportunity been given them, against a more vulnerable fore than an express train."

 

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Only a proportion of our collections are on display at anyone time.  Certain items are on loan for display in other institutions.  An appointment is required to consult any of our collections which are held in store.

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