02:45, Wed 16 Sep
Found this on a Birmingham history forum, made me smile.


The route from Paddington to Snow Hill, and on to Birkenhead, was one of the GWR’s premier lines, and competition with the LNWR in the latter part of the nineteenth century was intense. On 1 June 1880 a new express service commenced on the Paddington to Birkenhead route known as the ZULU; covering the 129½ miles from Paddington to Snow Hill in 2hr 42 min.
08:04, Wed 16 Sep
Ha that's good. Wonder who came up with the name for the service!
08:41, Wed 16 Sep
Haircut1000
Ha that's good. Wonder who came up with the name for the service!

The Zulu Wars had just finished (Rorke’s Drift was only a few months earlier).
The Zulus were justly famed for the speed of their advances, so it was a widely-held acknowledgement of their martial prowess. Hence naming an express train after them.

Don’t think there were many Zulus in Brum then, tho’.
20:15, Wed 16 Sep
Wingman Blue
Haircut1000
Ha that's good. Wonder who came up with the name for the service!

The Zulu Wars had just finished (Rorke’s Drift was only a few months earlier).
The Zulus were justly famed for the speed of their advances, so it was a widely-held acknowledgement of their martial prowess. Hence naming an express train after them.

Don’t think there were many Zulus in Brum then, tho’.

Amazing to think that trains were operating, the London Underground was up and running, yet one of the world’s greatest military powers (us) was getting routed by a third world army with spears. What an embarrassment that was at Isandlwana, the very same day and just up the track from Rorke’s Drift. Massive inquest back here from all historical accounts. Nearly a thousand Brits and South African mercenaries overrun and butchered by the Zulus. Incredible story. Plenty of Brummies involved, Warwickshire regiment at Rorke’s Drift along with Welsh. Went there after 2010 World Cup. Did battlefield tour and told the guide about the Zulus in Brum when he talked about legacy. He was all ears.
23:02, Wed 16 Sep
Haircut1000
Ha that's good. Wonder who came up with the name for the service!

The Zulu Wars had just finished (Rorke’s Drift was only a few months earlier).
The Zulus were justly famed for the speed of their advances, so it was a widely-held acknowledgement of their martial prowess. Hence naming an express train after them.

Don’t think there were many Zulus in Brum then, tho’.

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