dycer, on 14 June 2012 - 05:15 PM, said:
Did all "specials" travel via Waterloo/Victoria, to Southampton, in 1914?
In 1914-18, it was (and still is) possible to reach Southampton from the West, Midlands and North.without going via London.
There is a memorial plaque on Manchster Victoria station to all those who embarked on trains from the "fish" platforms of that station for overseas service.. These platforms where located on the site of the car park on the opposite side pof the station from the MEN arena.
I presume that the special troop trains where bound for the South Coast, presumably Southampton. It was possible to go direct to Folkstone,Dover, or any of the ports on the south coast.
I would think the rout taken to an embarkation port would depend on the location of the unit prior to embarkation. for example a unit based on Sailsbury Plains or Aldershot would not go to Waterloo but direct to Southampton.
A unit based in East Angia could either go by crossing London from LiverpoolSt. Station to Waterloo or be routed direct to Southampton by using the many alternative routes from east to west around North and West london.