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John Stone

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A ride to the front
« on: November 18, 2018, 12:05:47 AM »
I was searching for a very good German WW1 trench railways video which i had stumbled across once. I continue to stumble, but still can't find that video. However, this one cropped up. Hope you enjoy it!

http://youtu.be/pEfoM118l_g

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Re: A ride to the front
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2018, 12:18:00 AM »
Nice film
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Re: A ride to the front
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2018, 12:46:22 AM »
Very nice.
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Re: A ride to the front
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2018, 02:38:02 PM »
Nice movie but I wonder what the power was. It looks like a 262 Alco-cooke. If it is, the TPT, tramway from Pithiviers to Toury, purchased 3 of them after WW1. # 3-21 was scrapped before 1964 , # 3-23 is on the Festiniog in Wales known as " Montaineer" , the  #3-22 is in the AMTP museum. 

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Re: A ride to the front
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2018, 01:51:31 AM »
Alain: It does appear to be one of those 2-6-2T's. Some were built by Davenport Locomotive Works also. Maybe some other builders as well. Cute little locos!

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Re: A ride to the front
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2018, 02:10:17 PM »
Vulcan also built some, but I believe none of them made it across the pond.

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Re: A ride to the front
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2018, 11:59:14 PM »
Amazing footage.  I found it interesting that none of them were wearing helmets if they were in occupied territory.

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Re: A ride to the front
« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2018, 01:13:34 AM »
It's my understanding, from reading various sources, that the steam locomotives were not used close to the front, since their smoke plumes tended to attract enemy artillery fire. The final moves to the front line were handled by the gasoline locomotives. That said, since the men on the train in the movie were neither wearing helmets or obviously bearing arms, the train is well behind the lines.

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Re: A ride to the front
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2018, 03:27:49 AM »
My father was a brakeman on the C.B.& Q., when he was drafted in the Great War and served in France. He drove a Holt tractor hauling 6" naval guns the had been mounted on special carriages. The 6" shells were shipped by the "little trains".  He spoke about them frequenty, saying that he got kick out of them.

Of interest, my brother was brakeman on Italian railways in the Po valley when WWII ended in Ilaty. He didn't get Spring of 1946.