Revised Edition 1917
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Corps of Engineers, US Army
I came across a 1917 edition of a book entitled "Military
Railways." This is a handbook of how to design, build, equip,
staff and operate a battlefield or behind the lines railway as of the end of
the Great War. The book was fascinating and very informative. This particular copy has seen hard times and is clearly deteriorating so I have elected to
scan it for preservation and to present it here.
I scanned all 195 pages and turned them into PDF files.
The files are about 5 to 25 pages each with a file size up to 4 meg
depending on the kinds of images on those pages. This is just about
as much (a half hour download or so) as a dial up internet user could be expected to
successfully download in one chunk.
I would like to hear how clear the book came out, especially
after it is printed on various printers from various versions of
Acrobat Reader. The book is basically a 4" x 6" handbook so I scanned
it at 450 dpi so that it would print well on a 300 dpi printer on "A"
You'll need a copy of Acrobat Reader version 4 or better to view
the files. Click on the links below to download the PDF files.
The original work was printed by the Government Printing Office and carries no copyright. I have elected to
copyright the electronic image of the book because I put so much time in reproducing it in electronic form. Rights are
granted to make use of the images for personal or educational
The book has no Table of Contents or chapters. Paragraphs,
Figures and Tables are simply numbered in sequence. There is an
index that refers to the Paragraph, Figure and Table numbers.
|1 to 6
||Overall description of a military railway
|7 to 25
|26 to 31
|32 to 60
|61 to 89
||More surveying, trackwork and roadbed
|91 to 127
||Trestles and cableways
|128 to 156
||Turnout design and construction
|157 to 178
||Stations, stockyards, engine yards, switching yards
|179 to 234
||Rolling stock, railroad organization and personnel
|235 to 366
||Telegraph and whistle signaling, operating rules
|367 to 474
||Train orders, track signaling, train classes
|475 to 552
||waybills, freight loading, maintenance of way, railway
XVII to XXV
For those of you with broadband internet connections (T1, DSL,
cable modems and such), you can get the whole thing in a single PDF
The Whole Enchilada,
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