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Places Served : 4 CIBG Soest and Werl 1957-1965, Camp Borden, Camp Gagetown
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PostSubject: Military Trains   20/6/2009, 19:21

Do any old RASC/RCT types recall the trains (aside from the Berliner) that ran back in the 50s? I remember they were designated Red Train, Blue Train and (I think) Green Train. As I recall they ran between various cities in BAOR (do Berlin, Hamburg and Hannover sound right?) to the Hook of Holland or maybe also Antwerp. I never used them but I remember seeing them on occasion rolling through the Soest Banhof. The thread about the Berlin Train got me thinking about them. Some of our guys used them to go on leave to the UK, but most of us found it quicker to fly BEA from Dusseldorf.
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PostSubject: Re: Military Trains   20/6/2009, 19:43

WEBMASTER PLEASE DELETE WITH MY APOLOGIES. I FOUND THE INFO I WAS LOOKING FOR WHERE I SHOULD HAVE LOOKED FIRST: ON THE WEB PAGE.
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PostSubject: Re: Military Trains   21/6/2009, 12:58

recce83 wrote:
WEBMASTER PLEASE DELETE WITH MY APOLOGIES. I FOUND THE INFO I WAS LOOKING FOR WHERE I SHOULD HAVE LOOKED FIRST: ON THE WEB PAGE.

You can edit yourself click on to your post then edit and away you go cheers Steve
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PostSubject: Re: Military Trains   25/6/2009, 14:22

Hello,
what does it means "recce", I try to find my father Thomas Curtis and he is on photo and he is holding a plate with this name on it
RECCE PL , can you help me?

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PostSubject: Re: Military Trains   25/6/2009, 16:27

Matt wrote:
Hello,
what does it means "recce", I try to find my father Thomas Curtis and he is on photo and he is holding a plate with this name on it
RECCE PL , can you help me?

Regards Matt

Reconnaisance; in this case Reconnaisance Platoon. A platoon consisting of several patrols in an infantry battalion employed under BHQ to perform long range patrols. It was a very interesting and satisfying job that allowed (in fact required) considerable freedom to use initiative and to be creative as opposed to, say, the usual structured life in a rifle coy.
I use it as my user name along with my old call sign: 83. Looks like your dad was a Recce Platoon man.
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PostSubject: Re: Military Trains   26/6/2009, 21:59

i never had the pleasure of traveling on a military train,but i have been sick on a few LSL,s.
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PostSubject: Re: Military Trains   26/6/2009, 23:32

Hi Dandc
Which LSLs
I did a swan out to The West Indies on the Tristram 1969
Never sick once, I used to put some greasy bacon in my nostril,
and made a few others on board sick though!
I also remember the Trains, went over on my first posting on the Fowey
and took the train.Can't remember the colour though.
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PostSubject: Re: Military Trains   27/6/2009, 11:18

hi jerry,ihad the displeasure of sailing on the old sir lancelot from liverpool to belfast,1972 sick as a dog all night,sailed on the sir tristram from harwich to denmark,now that was a good crossing,i even turned up for meals,the chineese crew made a briliant pineapple flavoured rice pudding. and lastly on sir belvedere from harwich to hamberg,another bad one.
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PostSubject: Military Trains.   29/6/2009, 15:26

Our journey to a posting in Germany begain at LIverpool St Station in 1958 where we travelled to Harwich then sailed on the Military Boat to Hook of Holland where we boarded the Green Train to Lippstadt.It was one of three trains.The Blue went north up to Hanover and beyond and the Red to Berlin. As we were a army family we had first class seats and lovely food on board. I heard when we arrived that the soliders where not so lucky. We use to have to travel by train home on leave untill about 1962 when we could travel by plane from Gutisloh. We were in Germany for six of the best years of my life. My parents came out to visit us and they two came out on the Military train.I dont think it cost us anything to bring them out.
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PostSubject: Re: Military Trains   29/6/2009, 16:07

How I remember those luxurious trains that took us from BAOR to Ostend and then to UK.Travel first class that was,my first was spoilt by me being earmarked at Ostend for guard duties on the boat,chained rapist and killers,down in the hold of the ship,boy,was I glad to see the light of day again and Breaklfast in Harwich!
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