At least British rail had a good reason – moving weapons to the theatres of war, as well as the war damage to the railways.
The railway system suffered heavy damage in some areas due to German Luftwaffe bombing, especially in cities such as London and Coventry. It is estimated that 482 locomotives, 13,314 passenger and 16,132 freight vehicles were damaged during World War Two.
Advert – Bromley & District Times, 14th February 1941, page 6
Image – Coventry Telegraph