Posted : March 2014
Author : Filipe Braga
|1) The Armoured Steam Train|
An armoured train is a railway train protected with armour. They are usually equipped with railroad cars armed with artillery and machine guns. They were mostly used during the late 19th and early 20th century, when they offered an innovative way to quickly move large amounts of firepower.
|2) Bizarro Wagon Armoured Dalek|
|3) Armoured Train: Korea 1945|
Their use was discontinued in most countries when road vehicles became much more powerful and offered more flexibility, and because armoured trains were too vulnerable to track sabotage as well as attacks from the air. However, the Russian Federation used improvised armored trains in the Second Chechen War in the late 1990s and 2000s.
|4) The Bartosz Glowacki Polish armored train 1920|
|5) Armoured Train: South Africa, 1914|
Armoured trains saw use during the 19th century in the American Civil War (1861–1865), the Franco-Prussian War (1870–1871), the First and Second Boer Wars (1880–81 and 1899–1902). During the Second Boer War, Winston Churchill, then a war-correspondent, was travelling aboard an armoured train on 15 November 1899, when a Boer commando led by General Louis Botha ambushed the train. The Boers captured Churchill and many of the train’s contingent, but many others escaped, including wounded soldiers who had been carried on the train’s engine.
|6) WWI Austrian armored train in the Carpathians|
|7) 1930 British armored train in Palestine|
Early in the 20th century, Russia used armoured trains during the Russo-Japanese War. Armoured trains went on to see use during the Mexican Revolution (1910–1920) and World War I (1914–1918). The most intensive use of armoured trains was during the Russian Civil War (1918–1920). The Spanish Civil War saw a little use of armoured trains, though World War II (1939–1945) saw more. The French used them during the First Indochina War (1946–1954), and a number of countries had armoured trains during the Cold War. The last combat use appears to have been during the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s.
|8) Strange armored car railway Australian|
|9) Polish armored train|
|10) Malaysian armored train|
|11) Railway Armoured Namibia|
|12) A RT-23 Molodets in the Saint Petersburg railway museum|
|13) 0-8-0 Armoured Russian locomotive class O Ov 5067 at the Central Armed Forces Museum, Moscow|
|14) Armoured Railway South Africa|
|15) The 'Hurban' Armoured train located in Zvolen, Slovakia. It is not the original, but a replica used in a film. Only two preserved original cars exist; they are stored nearby in the railway repair shops at Zvolen, where they were produced in 1944|