Interesting train cargo on my way to work
By - TheNeonSkeleton
most likely being shipped from the upgrade factory. They are upgrading the M1 fleet from M1A2 to a newer version
and there is a huge training center in the California desert and many units will ship many of their vehicles there by rail and same for the way back
NTC, Ft Irwin, worst 40 days of my life.
Ugh, Bike Lake and FOB Miami bring some unpleasant memories
FOB Miami brings exceptional bad memories.
We happened to go during the one week where torrential rain fell for the first time in ages. The ground was super-saturated within minutes and those weird foam tents flooded, bugs and all. We also expended all of the training funds shipping our aircraft to NTC from Drum (as opposed to flying them cross-country) and had no laundry or shower facilities, only porta-potties.
The Chinook guys conveniently “broke down” en route in Las Vegas and made it the last day of the box.
I’m retiring next month and am most happy that NTC, JRTC, and JMRC are in my rear-view for good.
Bout to go back January 2nd, round #3. Hopefully the last lol
(I haven’t been there since 04, and been out since ‘06)
Probably so. SEP V3 modernization
Where’s the upgrade location?
Your Amazon order is in transit… yay
One can dream
Biden promised me a fighter jet but gave the taliban tanks and automatic weapons.
I see these frequently coming from the Lima Ohio plant. They have been sand colored for as long as I can remember now. Who the hell are we about to attack now?
If they were white, my guess would be Canada
Surrender pronto or we'll level Toronto.
Don’t make promises you can’t keep …GHG!!
Why Canada? We opened our border to you, can you say the same?!
I'm Canadian .. it was an attempt at humor, White / snow ... never funny when you have to explain
Genuine Canadian try’s to make a light joke, other random Canadian gets offended.. you can’t make this shit up.
Only one apologized, so the other likely isn't a Canadian.
I see no apologies here
The one who didn’t apologize is from Quebec
Just their land and sea boarders are closed. You can still fly in non essential if you are fully vax and have a negative test result within 3 days of travel. Source is the US Embassy website.
That didn't work out that well in ["Canadian Bacon"](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDGkQiwh_qg) (one of Michael Moore's first films).
There you go …this!!!
China, Russia, NK, Somewhere in Africa. My top guesses
The Army is shifting back to the [Suwalki Gap](https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/europe/suwalki-gap.htm) using [1 ID](https://www.army.mil/article/249419/1st_armored_brigade_combat_team_1st_infantry_division_assumes_authority_in_zagan_poland) and outfitting [V Corps](https://taskandpurpose.com/news/army-v-corps-europe-russia/) that recently activated in USAREUR-AF.
Thanks for the links, friend
China, Russia, and NK have nuclear weapons. Not going to happen.
Good point, but it doesnt have to be u.s. vs russia, etc etc. Proxy wars are a hell of a drug to the U.S.
Defense contractors get rich regardless of who’s dying.
Ahem. "BLAME CANADA"!
Where will be the next forever war?
We stopped using the base sand coat in 2016 or something.
Next is the aliens. But it’s not going to be really them… 🤷🏼♂️☺️
My hometown. The factory/company used to be called General Dynamics, not sure if it still is.
Edit: I remember, it’s called Joint Systems Manufacturing
Mexico. End the immigration problem by annexing them
Tanks for sharing this!
there are friendly countries that were recently given the OK to buy Abrams tanks. Some of these tanks will go on to replace Cold War era and even WW2 era tanks.
For example, Taiwan still operates M41 Bulldogs combined with M48 and M60 tanks. They were given the OK to buy Abrams as they phase out old vehicles.
It also keep the production line running, instead of shutting down after a contract and having to retool years later when replacements and parts are needed.
This is the real reason. It's a national security issue to shut down the only plants making tanks and parts, so once we have sufficient supply, we sell to others as a way to keep the factories going and knowledge base here.
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Ah! my second batch is comming in!
Beat me to it
Tanks the military doesn't need but they won't stop building because it's a jobs program.
“Jobs program” aka the military industrial complex bribing politicians to give them taxpayer money by blackmailing them with the jobs in their district, which also drives up the cost of the program massively because it’s the opposite of vertical integration. If you were to count the factories as separate entities, it pretty much matches the definition of a cartel in the economic sense of the word, and literal if you consider the shit that the military industrial complex gets up to with the tacit support of the us government.
If only we heeded Dwight Eisenhower’s warning about the military industrial complex in his farewell address
At that point, The Machine had long eclipsed the point of no-return. "Hey uhhh so I've been swinging this giant sword all through Europe my entire career, turns out it's prettty sharp, now I'm handing it off to you kids, don't hurt yourselves >=D"
Or Major General Smedley Butler in 1935.
The politicians don’t just give “tacit support,” they’re the ones running it. Incumbent politicians know this system is what allows them to keep funding their campaigns in order to keep getting re-elected.
You're not wrong, but also they want to make sure factories are continually manufacturing parts so they won't run into issues other nations have where they have a shortage of replacement parts when the factories were shut down and hardware exceeding their expected lifetimes. Then there is a very expensive and time consuming process to retool factories to start up again.
A number of countries, such as [Taiwan](https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3783933) and [Australia](https://www.dsca.mil/press-media/major-arms-sales/australia-heavy-armored-combat-systems), were recently authorized to purchase Abrams, and a few others, like Brazil and Greece, have been offered ex-US Army stock.
Can the jobs program be redirected to something else? We don’t have to tackle big things like crime, poverty, inequality…etc yet. Let’s start with litter pickup? Poop, syringes, masks…
In some places, this is pretty normal. Lima, OH services some part of those tanks (I forget which) so seeing trains of those bulkybois is pretty normal.
Agreed... in CA we have a bunch of bases in the state all over the place. Convoys of mil gear up and down the highways are very common-place almost any day of the week. It used to freak me out, but I found other things that spin me up these days.
Yeah, I live in DC, you get used to the Blackhawks.
They build them there, I have a friend who is a welder there and didn't get a day off for a year or two under trump.
Oof. Sounds like it sucks.
It's a well paid union job and he is a hard worker. But yeah.....I tolerated two jobs and shit until I never had to do it again. Make hay for a minute and GTFO.
Good to see we didn't leave everything in Afghanistan.
They're probably going to Afganistan as a gift
Thats too replace the one's they left behind
It has probably been hijacked, but Steven Seagal is already on it.
ONly on Priflix+
normal normal normal normal TANK TANK TANK TANK TANK TANKS normal normal normal normal
Probably headed back to the factory for warranty work because the turrets were installed backwards.
It's much more unsettling when we drive them where they need to go...
Ahhh I see we're running late on the Taliban's tank shipment.
Brown poop deck
Is there going to be another world war I haven't heard about yet?
The military transports tanks and other armored vehicles by rail all the time, this is nothing noteworthy other than tanks being cool.
I'm aware. It was a joke
Urban pacification unit.
Go the opposite way of the train
I had a chance to drive one of these last year. They're really cool and fun to run stuff over with.
In the US they produce tanks and ship them right to the disposal site. They don't need the tanks, they just can not effort for the staff to loose their skill in producing tanks.
>In the US they produce tanks and ship them right to the disposal site
That’s a joke
Check it out! My tax dollars completely wasted hooray!
Did people already forget about Afghanistan? Lol let's keep shipping tanks half way across the world to spread freedumb
Actually, rail is one of the most cost-effective ways to transport heavy goods.
I'm not really commenting on the transportation method...
Germany in WW2 didn't seem to think Allied tanks were a waste of money.
Or their own, considering theirs were better than ours. Do you have an idea of the cost difference in product between Tigers and say a Sherman?
You did not just try to compare a Tiger to a Sherman.
no way he just did that
Username che- STOP. COMMENTING. USERNAME CHECKS OUT. EVERYWHERE I GO, I SEE PEOPLE SAYING "USERNAME CHECKS OUT"
MY FRIENDS ON DISCORD SAY IT, ON TIKTOK IT'S ALL USERNAMES THAT CHECK OUT. I WAS IN, A SUBREDDIT ALRIGHT?! AND AAAALLL THE POSTS ARE JUST USERNAME CHECKS OUT.
No, I didn't, which is my point. They weren't comparable, but thanks for the useless comment instead of an attempt to answer the question.
You're right because we're totally in WW3. Do you support the trillion we've spent protecting Afghanistan from the Taliban lmao. What a sound investment military contracts have been for Americans.
The Afghanistan thing was a shit show but we'd be a joke without a strong military. Not trying to justify our current insane budget though.
I'm sorry lad but you're also kind of a joke even with a strong military. Sometimes, for that exact reason.
That's the thing, we can cut our military spending and still have a strong military. We don't need to constantly be cranking out tanks for non existent wars we don't have to fight half way around the world. We don't need to be the worlds police. America has enough issues that could get solved with some of the taxes spent on "defense."
I thought we were done shipping arms to the Taliban?
This is nothing compared to driving to work and seeing a line of tanks rolling down the highway on the other side. I couldn't decide whether to turn around and go home to find a bomb shelter, or continue into the office and wait for the bombs to drop.
Those are just tanker cars, nothing to see here.
Are these still being made by FMC?
The train hasn't been looted yet, get the boxes before it enters the gas
Jade Helm 15!
Imagine all of those tanks are actually going to someone’s house to attack him
fun fact: back in the early 90s, I tempted for the shipping division at a military base and used to have to track equipment around the country.
Tracking tanks/armored vehicles by rail was super easy - even before the internet: call a phone number, enter the tracking number & you'd get an up to the minute location and estimated arrival time.
Your Pegasus order is available for pickup.
For some reason my battalion scheduled railhead operations training on my birthday every single year I was in and not deployed. So 12 birthdays I humped all day long to load 30 trucks on rail cars, chain them down, then offload them. My birthday was ALWAYS FUCKED.
Least armed man in Texas.
Is this "Just Cause"
Reminds me of the Uncle Tupelo song "Train"
MIC says hi!
I google map looked up a military base in my state (NJ) and the satellite images are blurred out and I think some of the features on the map are too but I was surprised that it showed a bunch of rail lines - a series of parallel rails jutting out diagonally from a central railroad, like a train parking lot. Makes sense though, for transporting big stuff and lots of it
New mission: train heist
waiting for them to be tagged with graffiti
Where do you live? Afghanistan?
Nice EMD-built CSX locomotives too! Lucky to catch a military train in general!
No different than going to work living by a couple amazon ware houses and passing convoys of amazon vehicles of 100+ in a row.
Be a lot more "interesting" if they were transporting themselves through the streets of America
Looks like the preparation of war to me.
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