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Offline von Lucky

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Re: has there ever been a train wargame/minis game?
« Reply #30 on: December 20, 2013, 03:29:57 AM »
That is friggin' awesome. You are officially the coolest grandad I know!
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Re: has there ever been a train wargame/minis game?
« Reply #31 on: December 20, 2013, 09:35:36 AM »
Thanks - those would be the Irregular Miniatures stuff. Not bad from memory (I viewed them when looking for some 6mm moderns a few years ago).

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Re: has there ever been a train wargame/minis game?
« Reply #32 on: February 22, 2014, 05:58:34 AM »
The following General Pettygree Colonial story has a train bringing in reinforcements. The train was actually operated including sound effects. Photos included.
http://generalpettygree.blogspot.com/2014/02/chapter-68-port-of-suakin-lost.html
Scroll down a bit.
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Re: has there ever been a train wargame/minis game?
« Reply #33 on: February 22, 2014, 08:40:53 PM »
The following General Pettygree Colonial story has a train bringing in reinforcements. The train was actually operated including sound effects. Photos included.
http://generalpettygree.blogspot.com/2014/02/chapter-68-port-of-suakin-lost.html
Scroll down a bit.
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Re: has there ever been a train wargame/minis game?
« Reply #34 on: February 22, 2014, 08:59:25 PM »
I am completely amazed at the wonderful narrative You have put together with your collection. very well done!

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Re: has there ever been a train wargame/minis game?
« Reply #35 on: January 08, 2015, 01:56:19 AM »
Gents I can safely point you to Train on Train action (And both trains on Tank, and then artillery and train on train) that took place at 28 September 1919 in Dyneburg/Daugavpils during Polish Soviet war..

I made blognote about it few years ago - seriously sorry for English in it - i have to redo my early blogposts someday
http://waristheh-word.blogspot.com/2011/01/dyneburg-bitwa-o-przedpole.html

Trains involved were Polish Pociąg Pancenry Śmiały-szeroki vs BP  4 Kommunard on the Soviet side
Tanks Renault FT and artillery most probably French 75s

There were many train fights both during Polish-Soviet war and in Soviet civil war.
Some are well documented (known trains and their armaments)


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Re: has there ever been a train wargame/minis game?
« Reply #36 on: January 08, 2015, 10:09:17 AM »
Oh hey guys, during the Outrider post apocalyptic car combat game we ended up unlocking Trains for that game as well, also pedestrian and bike rules which all together pretty much turn the game into a full blown miniature war-game. It still early days and there are all the usual kickstarter caveats but when there is a actual physical product, or at least a rules PDF I will report here bout the post poc train rules.
For now I am rather disappointed I failed to find any decent looking trains this Christmas around here, I was rather looking forward to making a mad max express.
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Re: has there ever been a train wargame/minis game?
« Reply #37 on: April 19, 2015, 10:52:43 PM »
Hi, this seems to be a rather long lasting topic, so I thought I would contribute.

I very often have a rail station or track, usually with some rolling stock on it in our 1:72 games.  I use HO engines and cars along with buildings with that scale.  I don't usually have trains moving, but did play one really fantastic game that did...

World Crossfire Day, 2009, featured some activity around a couple of trains.  World Crossfire Day featured games being played in succession, starting in New Zealand, and "rolling across the world" from there.  Results of the previous game were factored into the following game.  By the time our game came up, the railway line had been sabotaged and one of the trains had been too.  The game revolved around the defending Germans assigning as many squads (one stand = 1 squad) towards repairing the rail line and someone trying to get the train running while the Canadian attackers made their way forward.



The situation, as written by the designer of the scenario is in the link below.  My comments on game day are in red:

http://www.ucs.mun.ca/~tmarshal/wcfd/wcfd1.html#scenario

The whole game report starts at the top of the preceding link:

http://www.ucs.mun.ca/~tmarshal/wcfd/wcfd1.html

So, there's no train versus train action, but the activity around the train is part of a scenario.  I think something similar to this could be done in other periods too.  An attacking force tries to stop a steam engine from coaling up and taking off with cattle, reinforcements, and so on.
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Re: has there ever been a train wargame/minis game?
« Reply #38 on: May 07, 2015, 02:56:54 PM »
I'm working on a 15mm recreation of the action at Dushak on the Transcaspian railway ca.1920 that was enacted by the League of Extraordinary Kriegspeilers on the Back of Beyond forum. There was train vs train action, but more along the lines of mobile elements of artillery support on each side. An interesting feature of Dushak and other stations on the Transcaspian was a triangular turnout. This allowed locomotives to do a 3 point turn and travel in the correct direction of travel, reducing the strain on the engineers and reducing the risk of derailment. I'm also thinking it could also be effective as a means of angling the armoured train to bring its guns to bear...

You can still see the triangular turnout in use today on Google maps...
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Dushak,+Turkmenistan/@37.1983837,60.0230442,1143m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x3f6be337750d89e7:0x2b5ea5a7eb6fadda!6m1!1e1
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Re: has there ever been a train wargame/minis game?
« Reply #39 on: May 11, 2015, 09:06:25 AM »
PS I recently discovered some images on the Siberia Miniatures forum site about the Transcaspian
episode that appears to bear out my supposition. The wrecked armoured train photo shows the wreckage on a curve adjacent to a straight section of rail that seems to correspond with the triangular 3 point turn at Dushak.
http://siberia-miniatures.ru/forum/showthread.php?fid=12&tid=376&block=30

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Re: has there ever been a train wargame/minis game?
« Reply #40 on: May 11, 2015, 04:28:57 PM »
Canadians always enter from anywhere in the north. Watch out!  lol

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Re: has there ever been a train wargame/minis game?
« Reply #41 on: May 22, 2015, 04:28:18 PM »
That's more properly known, at least in North America, as a wye. I had a hard time figuring out what was being talked about till I took a look at the google maps link.
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Re: has there ever been a train wargame/minis game?
« Reply #42 on: May 26, 2015, 01:56:06 PM »
This is not a feature we generally find here in the UK. Operational running is either end to end with a run around loop or a turntable in larger depots etc. I kinda like it cos it saves the crew getting a crick in their necks driving in reverse for hundreds of miles!

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Re: has there ever been a train wargame/minis game?
« Reply #43 on: May 26, 2015, 02:13:22 PM »
This is not a feature we generally find here in the UK. Operational running is either end to end with a run around loop or a turntable in larger depots etc. I kinda like it cos it saves the crew getting a crick in their necks driving in reverse for hundreds of miles!

Thatīs probably because the cost of land to acquire was to high back in the days the railroads were built. However you can still find those triangles in urban areas where several depots and stations are linked and/or lines from/to different directions have passing (goods) traffic that does not necessarily have to be directed through the towns. I remember having a triangle in the town where I grew up and now have several in the town I work. The latter are of a size that you canīt notice them apart from an aerial view or you are aware of rail links.

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Re: has there ever been a train wargame/minis game?
« Reply #44 on: October 21, 2015, 09:19:36 PM »
Big thread necromancy, but with everybody being in mad max mode these days and cheap holiday train sets coming up I was reminded of this topic.

 

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