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  • great illustration here...
    The trout who swims against the current gets the most oxygen..

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    • note on the prev. Although the railcar is transporting tracked armor, it has:
      Buffer and chain l;inks instead of AAR couplings
      Single axle Bogie with leaf springs. One broken leaf and you have to disassemble the Axle unit.

      The rail flat appears to have been rebuilt for tanks - in an emergency.

      OYOH, advanced CDN rail transport technology is why we beat the Reich...ORMAYBE IT WAS the advanced tanks we started withnever been quite sure..........
      Last edited by marktwain; 05 Feb 19, 00:56. Reason: the grate conumdrum.......
      The trout who swims against the current gets the most oxygen..

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      • Originally posted by marktwain View Post
        note on the prev. Although the railcar is transporting tracked armor, it has:
        Buffer and chain l;inks instead of AAR couplings
        Single axle Bogie with leaf springs. One broken leaf and you have to disassemble the Axle unit.

        The rail flat appears to have been rebuilt for tanks - in an emergency.

        OYOH, advanced CDN rail transport technology is why we beat the Reich...ORMAYBE IT WAS the advanced tanks we started withnever been quite sure..........
        US 6 ton tanks (copies of the French WW1 Renault FT). The tank nearest the camera is a command/radio tank. From the chalked inscription these appear to be the tanks provided to Canada in 1940. To get round the neutrality laws they were 'disabled' by having a small, easily replaceable part removed and classed as scrap metal. The Canadians only used them for training.

        Although Britain developed a bogie bolster wagon for tanks, the RECTANK in 1917 AFAIK the US continued to use standard flat beds. This may have been because before WW2 the was a legal weight limitation on the design of US tanks so that there was less need for a special wagon. The restriction was at the behest of the Department of Transport as some parts of the US railway system were weight restricted mainly due to the use of wooden trestle bridges.
        Last edited by MarkV; 05 Feb 19, 05:18.
        Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
        Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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        • Originally posted by MarkV View Post

          There was no slack to leave. Germany simply did not have enough railway capacity to run the war economy and the war. A large part of the capacity there was was dedicated not to moving iron or coal or munitions or troops or tanks but to food. Because of structural and social reason Germany's agricultural sector, although much bigger than Britain's, had lower productivity. The Kaiser had run a major programme to improve matters so that by 1914 German agricultural productivity was about 65% of Britain's but during WW1 it plummeted and was slow to recover afterwards. Germany did not regain the same relative position that it had had in 1914 until well into the 1960s. The problem had been exacerbated in WW1 by a poor distribution system so that food could not be shifted from areas of surplus production to where the mass of the population was.

          It was part of Nazi dogma that Germany had lost WW1 in part because the population had ceased to support the war and the Imperial government because the people were starving. It was Hitler's avowed policy that Germans would never go hungry again even if this meant that other peoples had to starve. Nazi food policy had a profound influence in many areas including transport. Many went hungry in the Western occupied or annexed territories because much of their food was being transported to Germany and in the East, where a policy akin to the ancient Chinese two province system was applied, many perished from slow starvation . Shifting food both internally within the Reich and inwards to it became a railway priority. Its an obvious fact that wagons full of food going one way have to be preceded by wagons going the other way to collect it. Empty wagons that can be used to carry food back cannot be used to carry tanks on the outward journey and vice versa. You cannot put much grain on a flat bed and Panthers into a box car do not fit.

          Even with this food policy many Germans did suffer hunger (but not as badly as many Dutch, Poles etc etc) so that a German railway scheduler faced with a choice between running a tank train or a food train would feel some pressure to give priority to the food. Hitler had long since dumped the Unions into concentration camps and he wouldn't want to join them
          a very good book with sections on German distribution in world war One is famine on the Wind. The bureaucratic mess that wasted a huge part of the 1915 German Potato crop is almost beyond belief....
          The trout who swims against the current gets the most oxygen..

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