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OK, it's not a ship.
But without them, the US war effort in WW2 would have been crippled. Supplies needed to be moved across the country.

Many railroads were involved in getting the supplies and war material where it was needed.
Steam locomotives were a major part of those railroads.
Most of those engines are gone, some are in museums, and a few still run.

Union Pacific has brought back from a museum, restored, and as of yesterday now operate one of the largest steam locomotives in the world

The 4-8-8-4 Big Boy locomotive

 

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Been waiting for it since they announced they were restoring it!

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30 minutes ago, Lord_Slayer said:

The 4-8-8-4 Big Boy locomotive

Which was used during the Second World War? I didn't realize they were that old.

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I just love steam locomotives.

Russian armoured trains in their civil war in particular:

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Za Rodina! it says on the side: "For the Motherland!"

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Very cool!

I remember helping to escort many of the vehicles the 1st Infantry Division (Mech) had down to railhead so they could be loaded up onto flat cars to get them transported overseas for Desert Shield. Those were some long days.

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