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Issue Date: 11/03/2006
Issue Name: 175th Anniversary of Troops carried by Train
Producer: Buckingham Covers
Marking the 175th Anniversary of the first Troops carried by train. Interesting piece of rail history. This cover features a single Crimean war stamp and a Liverpool postmark, and has been doubled with a Rocket 150 label and First Troops by Rail cachet.
The First Troops by Rail
The Liverpool Manchester Railway provided another first - it was the first railway to carry troops by train. On the 11th March 1831 the first troops went to Liverpool by train probably en route for Ireland to sort out the Tithe Wars.
This was a major development as never before had there been a way to transport infantry quickly from one place to another. Now, the troops could be brought right up to the front before the enemy could possibly expect them to arrive.
This development was very important in the expansion of the colonies, particularly in India, where railways allowed troops to be transported very quickly across vast expanses of difficult terrain wherever they were needed.
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