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Fort Paull

   
Address : Battery Road
Address : Paull
Town/City : Hull
County : Yorkshire
Country : England
Post code : HU12 8FP
Phone : 01482 896236
Web Site :  www.fortpaull.com

Set in over 10 acres on the banks of the Humber Estuary FORT PAULL combines 500 years of Hands on History with enough facilities to provide a full day out for all the family.

 

 

fp1Explore the multitude of underground rooms and tunnels and see the fantastic exhibits and waxworks. Roam through the grounds in safety and visit the many artillery pieces and military vehicles and the exhibit rooms found in the old accommodation blocks.
Let the children loose in the large play areas ,while you relax in the Dukes of York fully licensed Bar and Cafe set in the old engine house or visit the Berliner Tea Rooms where you can sit on a restaurant car which served the troops for 50 years.

 

British Berliner Military Train - 1945-1991
Following the end of hostilities in 1945 Germany was divided into four zones, one each occupied by the French, British, American and Soviet forces. In a similar manner, the city of Berlin was divided, with the three western zones remaining under Western control, with East Berlin becoming the capital city of the fledgling German Democratic Republic (or GDR).
The GDR was territory occupied by the Soviets, and considerable efforts were made during the 1940s to force the Western Allies to abandon their rights of access to West Berlin. The Berlin Blockade of 1948/1949 was imposed by the Soviets and prevented any access by water, road or rail between West Berlin and West Germany. This was overcome by the "Luftbrucke" or "Aerial Bridge", an operation which saw the provision of essential supplies airlifted to West Berlin. As it became clear that the Berlin Blockade was fruitless as a way of forcing the Western Allies' hand, and land access rights were re-established, it became essential for the Allies to demonstrate the continuous need for and use of these rights.
The British Military Train had its beginnings during this uncertain and unsecure period in European history. During this time, the British established several rail routes from the North Sea coast through their zone of West Germany and on to Berlin, to service and provide for the troops that were stabled there. The need to run services every day was an essential defence of their rights of access between West Germany and West Berlin.
Following the British Forces establishment of Air Trooping across North West Europe, there was no longer any need for rail services to the coast. The British Military Train was then truncated to its eventual route of Braunschweig to Berlin via the border crossing points of Helmstedt and Marienborn. New rolling stock followed in the late 1960s, and the service continued to run every day except December 25th.
Events unfolding in East Germany in 1989 finally culminated in the fall of the Berlin Wall and reunification of Germany. The reason for the existence of the British Military Train had disappeared, and the final routine service operated on 1st October 1990.
Our aim - "to restore and preserve the last remaining coach of the British Military Train"fp2

Nearly twenty five years since the last British Military Train operated, all of the rolling stock used has been either sold, scrapped or rebuilt - with one exception.
This single original coach survives, a restaurant card built specifically for use on this service in 1967 by Wegmann in Kassel, Germany. It has a fully original interior and has never been used for any other railway purpose than the operation of the BMT between Braunschweig and Berlin Charlottenburg; thus it represents the last tangible link to the tradition and history of the British Military Train, the staff who operated the service across the Iron Curtain and the many tens of thousands of passengers that travelled on board.
It is now located at the Fort Paull Military Museum near Hull, but is succumbing to the North Sea climate and urgently needs thorough external restoration. The original paint finish has cracked and weathered, leaving the steel coach body and framework open to attack from the elements. The museum itself has almost no funds to pay for the restoration of this unique railway vehicle.

The very last "Berliner" ran on 7th February 1991, as a commemorative special to celebrate almost five decades of continual service between West Germany and West Berlin. Following this run, the rolling stock was handed back to the German authorities and dispersed amongst private operators and museums.

Shop for gifts and souvenirs at the Gift Shop & Military Art Gallery.

Or visit the military surplus shop and shooting gallery (Sundays and bank holidays only during season ).

Telephone 01482 896236
www.fortpaull.com

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