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Interesting train cargo on my way to work

Interesting train cargo on my way to work

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lost_in_life_34

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


cpt_porthos

NTC, Ft Irwin, worst 40 days of my life.


pineapple_nip_nops

Ugh, Bike Lake and FOB Miami bring some unpleasant memories


cpt_porthos

FOB Miami brings exceptional bad memories.


pineapple_nip_nops

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.


Zaney_Spaney_137

Bout to go back January 2nd, round #3. Hopefully the last lol


amibeingadick420

Ha-ha!!! (I haven’t been there since 04, and been out since ‘06)


Gaiasnavel

Probably so. SEP V3 modernization


bumblyburg

Where’s the upgrade location?


Kalcat14

Your Amazon order is in transit… yay


CharlieGoldy

One can dream


8bitbebop

Biden promised me a fighter jet but gave the taliban tanks and automatic weapons.


Jamie61YT

So true!!!


timc74

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?


ryachow44

If they were white, my guess would be Canada


frankzanzibar

Surrender pronto or we'll level Toronto.


ryachow44

Don’t make promises you can’t keep …GHG!!


donutpuncher3

Why Canada? We opened our border to you, can you say the same?!


ryachow44

I'm Canadian .. it was an attempt at humor, White / snow ... never funny when you have to explain


AccurateEducation999

Genuine Canadian try’s to make a light joke, other random Canadian gets offended.. you can’t make this shit up.


Theost520

Only one apologized, so the other likely isn't a Canadian.


BrannC

I see no apologies here


zipperkiller

The one who didn’t apologize is from Quebec


CachimanRD

lol


neotekz

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.


experts_never_lie

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).


ryachow44

There you go …this!!!


NoMaans

China, Russia, NK, Somewhere in Africa. My top guesses


randombullet

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.


NoMaans

Thanks for the links, friend


WWDubz

China, Russia, and NK have nuclear weapons. Not going to happen.


NoMaans

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.


amibeingadick420

Defense contractors get rich regardless of who’s dying.


cmoneyesq

Ahem. "BLAME CANADA"!


Permtacular

Ireland?


tenminutedream

Venezuela


AVeryHeavyBurtation

Where will be the next forever war?


72killertomato

We stopped using the base sand coat in 2016 or something.


Paronfesken

Crimea


[deleted]

Next is the aliens. But it’s not going to be really them… 🤷🏼‍♂️☺️


kellermeyer14

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


Malvania

Mexico. End the immigration problem by annexing them


watts

Tanks for sharing this!


similar_observation

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.


maxman162

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.


Malvania

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.


xrayden

Amazon shipping notice\* Ah! my second batch is comming in!


Flyman68

r/TankPorn


Skip1six

Beat me to it


PuzzleheadedHotel254

Tanks the military doesn't need but they won't stop building because it's a jobs program. https://www.military.com/daily-news/2014/12/18/congress-again-buys-abrams-tanks-the-army-doesnt-want.html


ElegantBiscuit

“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.


faceerase

If only we heeded Dwight Eisenhower’s warning about the military industrial complex in his farewell address


AcidCyborg

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"


CapCamouflage

Or Major General Smedley Butler in 1935.


amibeingadick420

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.


Inevitable_Fall_4389

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.


maxman162

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.


Throwaway021614

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…


middiefrosh

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.


grogling5231

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.


middiefrosh

Yeah, I live in DC, you get used to the Blackhawks.


timc74

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.


middiefrosh

Oof. Sounds like it sucks.


timc74

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.


obroz

Unsubscribe


dannyjohnson1973

Good to see we didn't leave everything in Afghanistan.


JAMES___69

They're probably going to Afganistan as a gift


chastity927

Thats too replace the one's they left behind


nosteppyonsneky

Based


LupusCutis

It has probably been hijacked, but Steven Seagal is already on it. ONly on Priflix+


Pomo212

normal normal normal normal TANK TANK TANK TANK TANK TANKS normal normal normal normal


LivelySalesPater

Probably headed back to the factory for warranty work because the turrets were installed backwards.


ChaosX422

It's much more unsettling when we drive them where they need to go...


alias-enki

Ahhh I see we're running late on the Taliban's tank shipment.


miked1be

Jade Helm!


rounding_error

Garnet Rudder!


CharlieGoldy

Brown poop deck


No-Boysenberry4541

Is there going to be another world war I haven't heard about yet?


risbia

The military transports tanks and other armored vehicles by rail all the time, this is nothing noteworthy other than tanks being cool.


No-Boysenberry4541

I'm aware. It was a joke


milfhunterX

Urban pacification unit.


Stimmolation

Taliban delivery!


Taaken

Based


SSA78

Go the opposite way of the train


Commander_Alex_Mason

I had a chance to drive one of these last year. They're really cool and fun to run stuff over with.


frankfox123

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.


morphotomy

>In the US they produce tanks and ship them right to the disposal site Source?


soldiersdna

That’s a joke


SQUARTS

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


noncongruent

Actually, rail is one of the most cost-effective ways to transport heavy goods.


SQUARTS

I'm not really commenting on the transportation method...


Breadl3y

Germany in WW2 didn't seem to think Allied tanks were a waste of money.


Stubbedtoe18

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?


direktor-svemira

You did not just try to compare a Tiger to a Sherman.


Pz_Kpfwgn_Tiger1H

no way he just did that


direktor-svemira

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.


Stubbedtoe18

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.


SQUARTS

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.


Breadl3y

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.


drakos07

I'm sorry lad but you're also kind of a joke even with a strong military. Sometimes, for that exact reason.


SQUARTS

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."


microphohn

I thought we were done shipping arms to the Taliban?


xTETSUOx

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.


Pieholden

Those are just tanker cars, nothing to see here.


f1fandf

Are these still being made by FMC?


jbaeroberts

The train hasn't been looted yet, get the boxes before it enters the gas


anazambrano

Boi


Kellidra

Jade Helm 15!


coleproblems

Now kiss!


SolDevelop

Imagine all of those tanks are actually going to someone’s house to attack him


jaimystery

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.


atlentian

Your Pegasus order is available for pickup.


Juggernaut78

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.


ButterCostsExtra

Least armed man in Texas.


Taaken

Anniston AL?


Rubendabiest

Is this "Just Cause"


o_to_the_zone

Reminds me of the Uncle Tupelo song "Train" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9xx7sRvom0


nUUUUU_yaaaSSSS

MIC says hi!


RedditEdwin

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


N1njastar

New mission: train heist


xBAMx48

waiting for them to be tagged with graffiti


oliveryana

Where do you live? Afghanistan?


Jamie61YT

Nice EMD-built CSX locomotives too! Lucky to catch a military train in general!


LocationCompetitive1

No different than going to work living by a couple amazon ware houses and passing convoys of amazon vehicles of 100+ in a row.


nostromorises

Be a lot more "interesting" if they were transporting themselves through the streets of America


potoghi

Looks like the preparation of war to me.


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