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Locomotives being used for the German war effort

Discussion in 'German Military vehicles used during WWII' started by Jba45ww2, May 30, 2019.

  1. Jba45ww2

    Jba45ww2 Well-Known Member

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    I now have probably over 10K pictures in my collection. None showing any type of locomotives being used until now. Found the two pictures in the loose grouping but unfortunately nothing written on the back. Hoping there are a few more mixed in the lot.
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    Let me guess: Southern Italy-right?
     
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    Captured Soviet Locos...

    In the top photo the loco is missing it's connecting rod, a steam loco is useless without that. Likely removed to prevent use.

    In the bottom photo, that's Cyrillic lettering on the loco cab.
     
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    Thanks for the sharp eye
     
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    Interesting. I did not know the Germans had any armored trains similar to those of the Soviets
     
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    It's been mentioned before on this board but if you are interested in trains in WW2 there's a good couple of threads on them (specifically Eastern Europe) over on the Axis History forum. Well worth reading.
     
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    Kewl pics, I'm guessing your really into trains, I have dragons German military train sets the armored and armed cars, the rail transport for the heavy tracked 54cm mortars. They also fairly recently did a couple of armored locomotive sets that I hope to add to my collection. I'm interested in what steam locomotives they commonly used. Could you tell me a few of the steam locomotives that were in most use during the early? Thanks for your time and info.
     
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    Yeah pretty interesting those fully armored ones but the steam engines with the added plate armor on the sides have a kinda nostalgic look. Like an iron cladding.
     
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    What did the Germans do in Russia one of the things I read was they couldn't use their trains on the Russian tracks as they were a different gauge. Couldn't they do what they did here till,the major rail roads set the standard gauge and set another rail so they could use both captured Russian rail and their own although I'm sure they couldn't mix the two being on different tracks probably set the car links off some to where they didn't line up correctly. It's funny it said we sent them lots of flat cars and enough rails to have rebuilt the trans continental rail of there's I sometimes wondered if they ordered all that steel rails to use in there steel plants to make steel plating for there tanks as they were using steel at a high rate. We were going thru steel like throwing coal into the furnace. We had the richest iron fields in the world and we depleted the rich ore by the end of the war we still have lots of ore but a much lower grade ore. I guess the pentagon realized how fast we were depleting the fields and stared looking for alternatives for steel like those concrete ships. I'm really amazed those things worked and lasted as long as they did as the stresses at sea puts a huge load and strain on the hull I'm sure sooner or later some of them cracked or broke up from the stresses of the sea one of the biggest things they had to figure out when they built the super carriers how to build a hull that huge that would be able to take the stresses of the ocean as she rode up and down the large swells they had to build a hull that could flex just enough to take off the stress and not break and so the came up with a type of honey comb or waffle structure to the lower part of the hull. It took us years to get carriers to where they are today and billions of research dollars. The new carrier yeah cost 13 billion but that doesn't means the rest of the class will cost that much as a lot of that was to develope new automation technology and new ship systems like the new mag launcher they say getting rid of the old steam powered launcher saved space and the new launcher is more compact and easier to maintain. I still don't know how it will be in a combat situation if they take a hit will they have enough crew to take care of damage control and still run yhe ship. They navy wants to cut crews by half on all types of ships using automated system also if the ships damaged and they lose most of the automation are they going to be able to crew the ship. He'll minor damage of commercial jets have sometime totally taken out the automation and left crews fighting for their lives and unfortunately many times losing. It's taken a while for both Airbus and Boeing to admit their automation system may not be as good as they thought. I watched that news thing on the fully automated Airbus the thing get up maybe 30/40 feet you can hear the engines thrusting up but the plane just didn't keep lifting it like got hung at that height then it went off the end of the airport into some tree and boom you see a cloud of fire and smoke. Like yeah and they want to get rid of the pilots screw that I'll drive before I get on a completely automated plane.
     
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    IIRC the Germans would swap carriages for the cargo box. That requires a bunch of good cranes.
     

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