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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USRA_standard

 

The USRA standard was imposed after WW1 due to abuses and excuses made by both government and railroad officials alike.

One big problem encountered was the shipyards and docks used boxcars as warehouses instead of emptying them and returning them to rail service.

Another problem was motive power requiring special tooling and maintenance only found on specific railroads, instead of trains passing through, they needed to stop and change motive power quite frequently as product changed roads.  This wasn't as bad out West as it was in the East where 4-5 changes a day were the norm.

So USRA covers motive power, command/control, and freight handling capabilities.

The Railroad problems encountered in World War 1 were not repeated since huge warehouses were built at the dock-yard sites.

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Had a older friend who was with the motorcycle corps in the Army during WW2.

They practiced infiltrating and blowing stuff up in their training before being shipped over.

One of the locomotives they practiced with was an old 4-4-0 built back in the 1880s (modern 4-4-0, not the old wood burners).

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If you're thinking of modelling a troop train, the whole company loaded all their gear up in the combat equipment.  All cannons and MGs were installed, but tied down.  Ammo was secured, but with the rest of the gear.

The Jeeps and trucks were packed full of the troop's gear, rations, gassed up, and ready to roll out into battle the moment they were unloaded from the ships overseas.

Rationale was if the war suddenly turned horribly bad, and they had to divert to, say, Iceland, they would still be a complete - battle ready - fighting force.


 

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USRA_standard

 

The USRA standard was imposed after WW1 due to abuses and excuses made by both government and railroad officials alike.

One big problem encountered was the shipyards and docks used boxcars as warehouses instead of emptying them and returning them to rail service.

Another problem was motive power requiring special tooling and maintenance only found on specific railroads, instead of trains passing through, they needed to stop and change motive power quite frequently as product changed roads.  This wasn't as bad out West as it was in the East where 4-5 changes a day were the norm.

So USRA covers motive power, command/control, and freight handling capabilities.

The Railroad problems encountered in World War 1 were not repeated since huge warehouses were built at the dock-yard sites.

 

This is mostly what I'd be thinking of too... but the USATC also has some of their own engines like the S100.

 

And then there are civilian locomotives here and in Europe that were built with wartime restrictions like the SR Q1.

 

In Germany they had various classes of Kriegslokomotive that kind of fall in the same molds.

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In the US Air Force, a bunch of us bored mid-shifters were looking up federal stock numbers and came across one for a WHOLE RAILROAD.

Included track, bed, switches, rolling stock, and motive power.  Please specify gauge.

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