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THE FAST TRACK
An officer in the Scots Guards missed the train taking his battalion to Southampton to join a ship taking them to South Africa in 1899 to fight in the Second Boer War. Guards officers often had deep pockets and this one had enough money to hire a private train to get him to Southampton as quickly as possible. The railway company even diverted the troop train carrying his battalion into a siding to allow the private express train through.

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