A Forgotten Era Of Armored Trains

When most people think of World War I and World War II transport, planes, tanks, and even ships and submarines likely come to mind. However, there was another form of transport that’s often overlooked and yet is no less impressive: the armored and armed trains that patrolled Eastern Europe and even Canada. 

“These trains were not just armored — they were heavily armed. Cannons, machine guns, anti-aircraft weapons, and even tanks were on board these moving walls of terror.”

Apart from their lack of stealth and reliance on tracks, one of the main reasons armored trains fell out of use after World War II was due to shift toward the automotive technology as a primary mode of transportation in Europe and North America.

Were you aware that locomotives played such an important role in World War era history and military capability?  

3 thoughts on “A Forgotten Era Of Armored Trains

  1. I had no idea that armored trains existed. If I understood the article and video correctly, the train wasn’t just a locomotive used to transport artillery and weapons, but was actually a weaponized vehicle itself, no? If that is accurate, then it seems like something out of a science fiction movie. Perhaps that is because few of us have ever seen an armored train. I guess they were not promoted nor are these ever featured in any war movies.

  2. I wonder if railway artillery will ever be utilized again, especially now that aircraft technology has advanced so much and has proven to be a more efficient form of deploying weapons. Not only that, but also the advancement of weaponized drones (unmanned crafts) should pretty much render the concept of railway artillery, not feasible. I suppose you never really know what the military is up to. So you can’t really totally rule such a concept out of the question.

  3. I found it surprising that armored trains were a part of the First World War. Then again, the train had already been invented and the railways had already been laid across America, from the east to the west, before the World War I began. It seems that it was the advances in automotive tech that contributed to the shift away from armored trains. After all, the automobile tech was further developed than aviation, until after the allies won world War II and the U.S. acquired the German flight technology.

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