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Train operators, railway companies and passengers have found different ways to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in two World Wars and other conflicts.

In Newcastle, LNER staff and passengers stood silent for two minutes at 11:00 on Thursday 11 November on Newcastle Central station concourse.

Northern managing director Nick Donovan signs the Armed Forces Covenant.

Northern’s managing director Nick Donovan signed the Armed Forces Covenant to show the rail operator’s commitment to the armed forces community. Established in 2014, the Armed Forces Covenant is a pledge that acknowledges and understands that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy, and society they serve with their lives.  

Dragon’s Teeth tank traps, found under a railway bridge in Liverpool and dating from 1940, are now on permanent display.

And in Liverpool, a new memorial remembers the dangers faced by the country in 1940. It is made from forgotten anti-tank blocks known as ‘dragon’s teeth’ which were uncovered during bridge maintenance work. The devices were used all across Europe – by both Allied and enemy troops – to stop invading tanks and light infantry in their tracks. These particular blocks were found by Network Rail staff at Stalbridge Avenue during recent railway repairs to improve journeys for passengers between Mossley Hill and Edge Hill.

Hidden from view for decades behind overgrown trees and undergrowth, the wartime relics are now proudly on show beside a commemorative plaque to explain their historical significance.

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