"During the Second World War ... American equipment was generally too large and heavy to operate on European rails. A 'Knockdown' Rail Fleet was designed and built, consisting of the MRS (Military Road Switcher)-1 locomotives, and a fleet of railcars to be shipped in kits, and to be assembled overseas to support a war effort.
Initially the flatcar kits would be shipped and assembled, and as time allowed, these flatcars could have other kits installed onto them, such as high and low side gondolas, and these boxcar kits. The external braces over plywood walls were designed to be rapidly deployed, but not necessarily last for decades as normal freight cars are designed."
Monday, 4 November 2013
U.S. Army kills German soldiers in trains
Restored U.S. Army boxcars from World War II.
The New York Times, April 6, 1945
Posted by The Black Rabbit of Inlé at 13:16