The Prospectus

The purpose of The World War Two Railway Study Group is to collect, exchange and whenever possible, to publish factual information on the operation of the railways of the combatant nations during World War Two. Relevant material from the years before and after the war, and associated subjects, from supporting or neutral countries, is also of considered interest.

The wartime railway had not been extensively studied by serious railway historians until fairly recently. The Study Group was founded in 1989 to address this. The Group offers a bi-monthly bulletin, and produces pamphlets and books at irregular intervals.


The Scope of the Railway Study Group is wide ranging, and examples of topics of interest are:

  • The Wartime effort upon railway systems.wpc2581075_05_06
  • Locomotives.
  • Plans.
  • Armoured Trains.
  • Rail-mounted guns.
  • Ambulance trains.
  • Freight Vehicles
  • Disposal of equipment.
  • Evacuation.
  • Archaeology.
  • Modelling.