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The Jellicoe Express

Posted by: Stanislaw Swiderski
Category: News
Date Posted: Thursday, April 19th, 2018 at 2:12 am

In 1917, a rail service was instituted to carry naval personnel from Euston to the far north of Scotland where the fleet was stationed. This is the longest route ever in the British Isles and became known as the Jellicoe Express after Admiral Jellicoe, Commander of the Fleet (or to those travelling on it as the ‘misery express’).
A project has been developed to put up commemorative plaques on  stations along the route, and one will be unveiled at Crewe on Wednesday 23rd May. Crewe station, of course, was a point at which many of the service personnel joined the train and was also a stop where refreshments could be given to the travellers who had joined at Euston as well as to those waiting at Crewe to go onto the north. The women of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Rest, established soon after the start of the war, brought their trolleys on

to the station to serve hot drinks and food.