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Photos of a trip from Texas to New York City (World War II) as an armored division brings its equipment and troops to the port.
Protestors and Viet Nam Troop Trains

Viet Nam Troop Trains


Picture above is protestors blocking a troop train.

Over 40 million men and women served in W.W.II and almost every one of them rode a Troop Train during that war. In the latter part of the war on any given day over one million servicemen were riding a Troop Train. The US was averaging 2500 Troop Trains a month.

We continued to use trains to transport soldiers during the Korean War. Large numbers of military units in the eastern half of the US rode trains to the West Coast to ship out to Japan, and then Korea.

The last major troop train to be used was in 1965 when 15,000 men and their equipment from the 1st Infantry Division (the Big Red One) rode the rails from Ft. Riley, Kansas, to Oakland, California on their way to Vietnam. I never realized at the time I "rode" in it that it was the last major one. Makes sense though. By 1965, passenger was passé. It was probably tough to find all the equipment. What we had was a bunch of "rainbow" trains.

During W.W.I and W.W.II railway bridges and tunnels were guarded to prevent sabotage from disrupting the critical flow of troops and supplies. When the 1st Infantry Division deployed to Vietnam many of the same bridges were guarded against American war protesters trying to stop the Army from sending solders to another foreign battle ground. Times had changed since the Pearl Harbor generation rode the rails to war.

My one and only involvement with troop trains was to go from Junction City, Kansas to Oakland, California in September, 1965. I never made a written record of this trip (who expected to be writing about it 25 years later and besides I had other things on my mind). I was part of a large movement of several trains but not in a position to know how many trains were required, what type of equipment was required, or the routes. Both men and equipment went West and not all trains took the same route.

The 1st Infantry Division consisted of 15,000 men and tons upon tons of equipment. As much as possible, our equipment was packed in containers which we trucked to rail sidings. Vehicles were driven on flat cars and then tied down. Fortunately, Fort Riley, Kansas had ample sidings at several spots. It was on the Union Pacific. Junction City was not a big rail center; it was named for the junction of two rivers, not the junction of two railroads (although a Katy branch once ran there and a Union Pacific branch to Concordia was intact but out of service). The Rock Island ran on the other side of the fort (a 104-mile branch between Belleville on the Colorado line and McFarland on the Tucumcari line), but was not used at all for this troop movement.

The trip began early in the morning (doesn't everything in the Army?). I rode in a Union Pacific sleeper consisting of 4 double bedrooms, 4 compartments and 2 drawing rooms. I was approximately fifteen cars back but every once in a while I could spot at least three cab units pulling us. Our diner was also Union Pacific and had real china, glasses and tablecloths. While I was an officer, I understand that everybody in the division had comparable transportation. A 1940-era draftee would have felt out of place.

1965 was near the end of good intercity rail transportation. My understanding was that Pullman was contractor to the military to assemble the equipment. They pulled equipment from railroads all over the country. The resulting trains looked like the "rainbow trains" in the first years of Amtrak.

We ran day and night, but held up several times for as long as two hours. We went west to Denver, then through Wyoming to Utah. At Ogden, we ended up on the Southern Pacific "Overland Route" through Reno and Sacramento to Oakland. The trip was almost 1900 miles and not as interesting as trains in the East. Remember Reno in the middle of the night: not very sophisticated looking place! The only real excitement was as we neared Oakland and each grade crossing was protected by National Guardsmen (the first train had delays because of war protestors). At Oakland, we pulled onto a siding that ran right on to the dock. This gave us only a short walk to the transport that sailed us across the Pacific.

By Ken Kinlock at kenkinlock@gmail.com

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Fort Riley in Kansas has its own locomotives now

Fort Riley in Kansas has its own locomotives now.


March 2011 Project to expand Fort Riley rail yard



During Operation Desert Storm, Fort Riley could deploy an entire division in 28 days. Now an entire division can be deployed in about seven days. This is made possible with a recent $13.5 million expansion project of the rail yard at Camp Funston.

The newly expanded yard will be opened with a ceremonial golden spike event at 11:30 a.m. April 1 “It gives us a tremendous capability to increase the speed of deployment and make it a rapid deployment,” said Richard Wollenberg, installation transportation officer, Directorate of Logistics. “Now, we are really back to where we should have been five or six years ago when the war began, and so we’re looking at moving an entire brigade out of here in a day and a half; that’s 200 rail cars every 12 hours and 400 rail cars every 24 hours.”

Brig. Gen. Randal Dragon, deputy commanding general-support, 1st Infantry Division, and James Young, Union Pacific president, will drive in the golden spike, signifying the completion of the project and opening of the rail yard.

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We had an inquiry from the New York Guard concerning this incident. (newspaper at left) The New York Guard is compiling its history and requested our help.

The New York Guard at East Creek

Shown above is an overhead view of the New York Central Railroad bridge over East Creek. The location is on the New York Central Mohawk Division between Little Falls and Amsterdam.

The New York Guard at East Creek

We found a "street view" of the bridge view" of the bridge from the parallel State Route 5. The railroad bridge looks to be a two truss bridge. It would have carried four sets of tracks in 1917 (only 2 now).

The New York Guard at East Creek

So this is the spot where the two NY State Guardsmen were killed in the First World War.

They were walking on the track and hit by a NY Central M&E train and died instantly

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Elsewhere, the New York Guard had a First Provisional Regiment guarding the aqueduct to NYC, one man was struck by a train and lost his legs and died. That was down near NY City. The Second Provisional Regiment guarded the Erie Canal, bridges, Niagara power houses and munition plants all upstate. These were the State active duty part of a NY Guard reserve force statewide of 15,000 during WWI replacing the National Guard when it was activated.

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World War II from a US Government film
World War II from a US Government film
The film gives a good understanding of troop train movements
The film gives a good understanding of troop train movements
There was a lot of pressure on dispatchers to move troop trains on time.
There was a lot of pressure on dispatchers to move troop trains on time.
Troop movements required a lot of advance preparation
Troop movements required a lot of advance preparation
Security of troop trains was always an issue
Security of troop trains was always an issue
The train is positioned
The train is positioned
Here comes the freight!
Here comes the freight!
Army transportation specialist waves them on board Army transportation specialist waves them on board The half-tracks roll on next
The half-tracks roll on next
Equipment must be tied down
Equipment must be tied down
Here come the passengers!
Here come the passengers!
To the tune of a marching band!
To the tune of a marching band!
OK, the train is ready!
OK, the train is ready!
The train is ready as can be.
The train is ready as can be.
The troops are on board
The troops are on board
The leader checks his men.
The leader checks his men.
The train moves out.
The train moves out.
Troops
Troops "pull KP" on the train
The train rolls across the country
The train rolls across the country
Meanwhile, the troops keep busy.
Meanwhile, the troops keep busy.
That chow tastes mighty good!
That chow tastes mighty good!
The engine is working hard! No time to loose.
The engine is working hard! No time to loose.
Engine and passengers get watered together
Engine and passengers get watered together!
Breaks over, let's get going!
Breaks over, let's get going!
Nighty night!
Nighty night!
Good Morning!
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All the way from Texas to New York by train.
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