- Late 40's to mid 50's military rail movements
Re: Late 40's to mid 50's military rail movements
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Bruce Smith is spot on about USAX (later DODX six-axle flat cars). They were manufactured in 1953 to handle the Patton family of tanks, which were considerably heavier than their predecessors.
Prior to that, general service railroad flats would have been used to transport tanks and other vehicles. Gondolas were also used if a vehicle would fit in the gon.
There were DF boxcars owned by the Navy that arrived in the 1950s for hauling munitions.
Most military freight cars from World War I through World War II were tank cars for hauling fuel and other chemicals.
West Hartford, Connecticut
On Sun, Oct 17, 2021 at 4:18 PM Jeffrey White <jrwhite@...
The Army bought 6300 M59 APCs between 1954 and 1959, they would
appear in our time frame. The only model of them I am aware of is
a 3d printed one at $18.00 each IIRC.
One of my modeling goals is to model the movement of an Armor
Battalion. I've been buying up M47s, trucks and Roco flats for
several years as it's a pretty expensive proposition. All of the
Roco flats need to be repainted OD and relettered with the Mt
Alma IL (US Army Infantry Dec 1974-Nov 2003)
On 10/17/2021 3:01 PM, Daniel A.
No M-47 tanks in Korea. The M-47 was a crash program to put a
better turret on the M46 Patton tanks following obvious
shortcommings found in the Korean conflict. The M-47 was strictly
Korea was fought initially with WWII tanks, the M-4
Sherman and M-26 Pershing. Later the M-46 Patton (an improved
M-26) came on the scene. They also used M-36 and M-18 Hellcat
tank destroyers, and all the artillery pieces we’ve been
discussing. For transport thay had most of the WWII trucks and
tractors and a couple newer models.
Anything much beyond these is NOT “steam era”.
Just remember that M-60 tanks and M-113
Armored Personnel Carriers are post steam era 1960's and
later stuff. They don't belong on this steam era group.
Before the 1960's the US infantry traveled in 2-1/2 or 5
ton trucks or walked after Half Tracks were phased out.
Korea was fought with trucks and M-46,M-47 tanks. WW2
era Jeeps were everywhere for officers and senior NCO's.
Tracked vehicles were expensive to build and difficult
maintain, they were for combat or combat training only.
If a rubber tired vehicle was available the Army and
Marines used it for everything else except parades.
Ken Adams (ex 3d Battalion 33rd Regiment 3rd Armored
Still in splendid Shelter In Place solitude, about half
way up Walnut Creek
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