I think the question is whether the tank would have been transported on US rails in winter of 1943 since that is the approximate time and railroad location Eric gave in his original post. He stated he was pretty particular in how he chose the time and equipment. So given that I think Eric stated that his train is already too long at this point, it could save him some time by not having to build the tank if it truly does not fit into the scheme, or he could just choose to ignore the information and build the tank anyway just for kicks.

My take from the information provided is that the winter of 1943 is Jan/Feb/March and that the tank likely would not have been on the rails at that time.

christopher N&W posted:

I think the question is whether the tank would have been transported on US rails in winter of 1943 since that is the approximate time and railroad location Eric gave in his original post. He stated he was pretty particular in how he chose the time and equipment. So given that I think Eric stated that his train is already too long at this point, it could save him some time by not having to build the tank if it truly does not fit into the scheme, or he could just choose to ignore the information and build the tank anyway just for kicks.

My take from the information provided is that the winter of 1943 is Jan/Feb/March and that the tank likely would not have been on the rails at that time.

Totally agree. The HVSS equipped Sherman’s would have been delivered via rail from factory to ship around mid 1944 (August most likely). If your goal is to model a troop train “around winter 1943”, like Erik said on the first page, it all depends on what your tolerance for “around” is. For me, I also consider “winter 1943” to include December 1943, so this 7-8 month variance is still within the “around” range on my level of tolerance.  Based on Erik’s outstanding modeling skills, I would love for him to include the M43E8’s in his train because they look so cool, but that is up to him. Either way, it’s not an unreasonable call and this guy is an outstanding modeler. I hope he keeps building and including whatever he wants.

 

 

 

No experience with tank transport in 1943, but 30 years later, when the "balloon went up" in Israel in 1973 we pulled M-60's out of the Army's tank depot in Indiana, had them shipped to Dayton by rail and loaded them directly into C-5 transports at Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, Oh.  I was told that when they arrived in Tel Aviv the Israelis' rolled them off the C-5 and right at the airport fueled them up, loaded ammunition, and drove them straight to the front.  (2 per aircraft).

At the time, made us USAF guys feel pretty **** good!

Don

 

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