railway destructor

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railway destructor

Post by nacho » 05 Jun 2004 19:51

Look what a vehicle! a railway broker, any idea about units that use such equipment?
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Post by baldviking » 05 Jun 2004 20:27

nacho wrote:
...any idea about units that use such equipment?

Retreating units... :P

More precise, the enginers covering the retreat.

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Post by bryson109 » 05 Jun 2004 20:53

Part of scorched earth tactics, I guess.

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Post by Xavier » 05 Jun 2004 21:11

somewhere is a picture of himmler and his entourage seeing one of the Trackwolf (oficial designation) machine prototypes being tested

anyone the link?



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Post by MAX_theHitMan » 06 Jun 2004 00:29

Yep, I have seen a couple of films showing this vehicle rail-destruction device a few times already. I have also seen old World War I film-footage showing a similar device on another vehicle. I guess this ain´t a "one-off" product.
I believe it´s quite a common machine used when retreating, or for merely destructing railway lines completely.

One thing it might also be good for, is for opening up small trenches so a farmer could plant corn seeds or potatos on a large field. :lol: :lol: Although I do not think it was ever used for that sort of agricultural farm work. :lol:

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Post by MadderCat » 06 Jun 2004 09:01

german name: Schienenwolf ...in english track wolf

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Post by Juha Hujanen » 06 Jun 2004 09:53

Another view of "trackwolf"

Source-Ziemke:The Soviet Juggernaut

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Post by Hoolaman » 14 Jun 2004 13:08

I recognise the frame from Nacho above from footage of German units retreating from southern italy after US landings.

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Post by brau meister » 14 Jun 2004 20:26

During the American Civil War, very similar tools were used. Breaking the crossties however wasn't too much of a deterrent as the rails were still intact and only new lumber needed to be brought in to repair that section of track. When there was time, a more complete destruction could be accomplished by heating the tracks over a fire and then wrapping them around a solid object, rendering them unusable.

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Post by Juha Tompuri » 14 Jun 2004 20:52

This "loop" type (seems to be made out of railway tracks?) railway breaker disintegrated the tracks from the crossties and also bended the tracks. A Soviet equipment towed by two locomotives, was captured by the Finnish troops 1941.
Pic from "Suomi Tahtoi Elää, part 1" (Finland Wanted to Live...) by Taavi Patoharju etc
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