Ambulance Trains – York Railway Museum Display – 2019

Ambulance trains, or Hospital Trains or Red Cross Trains were used on a massive scale during the Great War. Large numbers of wounded could be moved efficiently from Casualty Clearing Stations, sometimes quite close to the front line, to hospitals a safe distance away. Both Britain and France had extremely modern and complex railway systems, and with the aid of Hospital Ships, a wounded man could be transported from the battle zones in France, to the peace and security of an inland hospital in England within two to three days.

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