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Trains Go to War

Trains Go to War

Trains Go To War

The Trains Go to War special edition features historical text and photographs to show how America’s railroads served in wartime, especially during WWII. Whether you’re interested in railroad history, the U.S. military, or both, Trains Go to War offers a riveting look at war from the unique perspective of rail.

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In this issue

1 min.
engines of war — and peace

Welcome to TRAINS GO TO WAR, the latest special edition from CLASSIC TRAINS. On the following pages you’ll find 14 articles drawn from past issues of TRAINS and CLASSIC TRAINS magazines, including seven originally published in the 1940s. The stories cover railroading during five major conflicts in which the United States was involved: the Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Some of the articles focus on rail operations in combat areas, while others chronicle the important role the railroads played on the home front. As the most far-reaching and consequential conflict the globe has ever seen — one that took place during the heyday of America’s railroads — World War II accounts for about half of this issue’s content, spanning from pages…

1 min.
trains go to war

Editor Robert S. McGonigal Senior Art Director Lisa A. Bergman Associate Editor Brian Schmidt Contributing Editor J. David Ingles Editorial Assistant Diane Laska-Swanke Graphic Designer Lisa M. Schroeder Lead Illustrator Rick Johnson Contributing Illustrator Bill Metzger Librarian Thomas E. Hoffmann Editorial Director Diane M. Bacha Kalmbach Media Chief Executive Officer Dan Hickey Senior Vice President, Finance Christine Metcalf Senior Vice President, Consumer Marketing Nicole McGuire Vice President, Content Stephen C. George Vice President, Operations Brian J. Schmidt Vice President, Human Resources Sarah A. Horner Senior Director, Advertising Sales & Events David T. Sherman Advertising Sales Director Scott Redmond Circulation Director Liz Runyon Art & Production Manager Michael Soliday New Business Manager Cathy Daniels Retention Manager Kathy Steele Single Copy Specialist Kim Redmond…

18 min.
when railroading went to war

Ask the average person “How was the American Civil War different from any conflict that preceded it?” and you will probably get as many different answers as the number of people you ask. But pitch your question to a military historian and you may hear this: “Railroads for the first time became a weapon. That is, they were used as a logistical arm of fighting forces. Northern superiority in rolling stock and trackage was a major factor in Union victory.” There has been a considerable amount of writing on this aspect of “the war that never ends.” From the Library of Congress and the National Archives I have come up with additional evidence that the railroad not only was a new means of getting there “fustest with the mostest” — troops,…

10 min.
railroads at the front

The railroad is an important part of war. Experience in World War I outlines this, and even the high degree of motorization in World War II still leaves a big job for army railroads. In times of peace, War Department transportation is a matter of purchase or supply. It is arranged for by the Quartermaster Department in the same manner as the purchase of equipment. The War Department is not necessarily concerned in the details of this transportation except as to departure and arrival time. In time of war, transportation in the rear areas is still a supply problem, but the War Department is concerned to a greater degree. But in the theater of operations, transportation becomes a part of army operations and ceases to be a matter of supply. The…

14 min.
the very first u.s.r.a. engine

Uncle Sam is not often cast in the role of steam locomotive designer, but he proved when the call came that he could swiftly design as neat a Mikado as ever clanked a side rod. Indeed, he blueprinted a whole family of engines — a dozen types in eight wheel arrangements — that were produced for years after the emergency that prompted their creation and which served the nation’s railroads until the end of steam. This unorthodox occurrence stemmed from the impact of World War I. On December 28, 1917, eight months after the United States entered the war, the railroads of our country were put under the control of the United States Railroad Administration, headed by Director General William Gibbs McAdoo. This action made good sense at the time because even…

1 min.
uncle sam’s dozen locomotive designs

Chicago Junction 221, C. W. Witbeck coll.. B&O 4531, CLASSIC TRAINS collection. SAL 2490, R. E. Prince. CM&StP 8600, C. W. Witbeck collection. PRR 9859, CLASSIC TRAINS collection VGN 900 (to N&W), CLASSIC TRAINS coll.…