HISTORY OF USATC RAILROADING

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FROM IDEA TO REALITY: THE EVOLUTION OF MILITARY RAILROADING

During the First World War it became apparent to the US Quarter Master Corps that a better way to move material was needed. Much of the railroading practice learned by the trench railways in France was applied and the Transportation Corps was born.

HISTORY OF USATC 5002

5002 was built by the H.K. Porter Company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as the third S100 class 0-6-0 tank engine to be delivered to the U.S. Army in August of 1942. Designed by Col. Howard Hill, a former Southern Pacific steam locomotive design engineer, The class would go on to be one of the most numerous tank engine classes to be produced. Col. Hill's tank engine design was so austere that it was eventually was copied by builders around the world!

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MILITARY RAILROADING LIBRARY

The Military Railroad Society is currently amassing the largest collection of American military rail history documents and artifacts. This site will continue develop with time to become THE authority on the subject. If you have an artifact you think would suit our mission, please contact us at the link provided below.

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The Friends of 5002, Inc, doing business as the Military Railroad Society, is a not-for-profit entity based in Baraboo, WI. Dedicated to preserving and interpreting US Military Railroading. For more information about corporate affairs please contact us.

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