Current Military Rail Operations

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Re: Current Military Rail Operations

Postby Teutobergerwald » Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:34 pm

The OPFOR at Fort Polk are some bad dudes. Depending on the visiting RA or ARNG brigade on rotation at the post, and the combatant command they are chopped to in a real world contingency, they can operate as ISIS, Taliban, North Korean special forces, Russian Spetsnaz or paratroopers. Money well-spent, improving the railhead at Camp Swampy / Tigerland.
Searching for the eagles of the XVII,XVIII & XIX Legions in Germania.
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Re: Current Military Rail Operations

Postby riffian » Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:49 pm

Interesting historical photo essay from John's Alaska Railroad page.

http://www.alaskarails.org/pix/on-rails ... index.html
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Re: Current Military Rail Operations

Postby riffian » Mon May 20, 2019 12:06 pm

News blurb on the move to Anniston from Hill AFB. According to another site, units currently at Hill are GP10's (all ex-IC rebuilds) 1869 (shop switcher), 4605, 4607, 4618, 4626 and 4627. In the shop for rebuild is GP40 4670, ex Virginial Rail Express V-21 still In VRE colors, apparently one of three (4670-4672)recently purchased from VRE.

https://www.army.mil/article/199005/arm ... e_for_dgrc
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Re: Current Military Rail Operations

Postby riffian » Thu May 23, 2019 5:14 pm

The US Army roster on "The Diesel Shop" site appears to be the most complete and accurate on the web. Unfortunately there are no dispositions on the vast number of units no longer rostered. Most of the GE's and all the minority builders have been disposed of. There are still a few GE 80 tonners around, but the current numbers and locations are not listed anywhere that I know of. The majority of active units are GP7/9 rebuilds, former IC GP10s, CSX GP16's, Espee GP9e and so on. There are 15 in the 1867-1881 group, and 46 in the 4600-4645 group. There are 10 or so active GP40 variants. All units to my knowledge are painted red and lettered US Army, except for the two GP40s at Eielson AFB Alaska, 4902-4903, which are painted blue and lettered "US Air Force" . There are also 24 gensets 6500-6523 which are active at many Army posts and at least one Navy facility. The three former Virginia Railway Express GP40Hs 4670-4672 are a mystery as far as the reasonthey were purchased and their intended purpose.

Additions and corrections most welcome. Perhaps we can build on this roster to construct an accurate current roster of US military units.
http://www.thedieselshop.us/US%20Army.HTML
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Re: Current Military Rail Operations

Postby riffian » Fri May 24, 2019 3:22 pm

Scroll down to the second article for a nice (but basic) synopsis on current military rail locomotives. Was not aware that the GE 80tonners had all been completely rebuilt in the 80's and 90's:
https://static.dvidshub.net/media/pubs/pdf_32086.pdf
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