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Military Training Lands History

Military Training Lands History

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Cargo specialists and other soldiers were trained how to load wheeled and
tracked vehicles onto flatcars on a rail movement mock-up. The mock-up
consisted of simulated flatcars, loading ramps, and spanning platforms
(used to bridge the distance between railcars and make one continuous
roadbed of the train). Soldiers were trained to be both drivers and ground
guides. Ground guides were stationed on the ramp and on flatcars to direct
vehicles and aid drivers, and on each side of flatcars to adjust the spanners
so that the distance between them conformed to the wheel width of the
various vehicles. All crewmembers were trained in blocking, bracing, se-
curing lashings, putting spanners into place, and other basic loading pro-
cedures for a variety of rail cargo (“Rail Movement”).

Simulated flatcars

Frame construction

Figure 163. Rail movement mock-up, simulated flatcar (frame construction), Fort Bragg, NC,
1952 (standard drawing 28-13-52 sheet 1 of 4; rail movement mock-up, frame construction,
plan, elevations, and details; 11 April 1952).

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Concrete alternate

Figure 164. Rail movement mock-up, simulated flatcar (concrete alternate), Fort Bragg, NC,
1952 (standard drawing 28-13-100 sheet 1 of 4; rail movement mock-up, concrete alternate,
plan, elevations, and details; 6 February 1952).

Spanning platforms

Figure 165. Rail movement mock-up, spanning platforms, Fort Bragg, NC, 1952 (standard
drawing 28-13-100 sheet 1 of 4; rail movement mock-up, concrete alternate, plan,
elevations, and details; 6 February 1952).

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