735th Railway Operating Battalion History

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735th ROB History by Nancy on Scribd

723rd Railway Operating Battalion in France: Ludovic and his truck

Very interesting note from Ludovic in France about the 723rd ROB in France and their trucks.

My name is Ludovic; I am a Frenchman and live in Normandy, 15 miles West from DREUX city. I was always interested in military history and, because my grandfather Maurice was a rail worker from 1922 to 1960 in the area Dreux-Verneuil sur Avre, I discovered, years ago, that it was the 723 rd ROB who was in charge of our railway line.

Many times, I've read the saga of this unit in your blog, and ten years ago, my son Geoffrey and I, bought a 1944 GMC tipper truck with the intention to restore it and give it markings of the 723 rd, to maintain its memory here. The nicknames of our truck is "Alamo" and "Georges"(an uncle of mine which was soldier during and
after WW2). So, our truck is running since this year. I've read that it was the "A" company of the 723 rd who used some trucks as it, but how may, I don't know...?
So, the markings are to be completed with truck/company n°. Enclosed, photos of us and another from the 1944 era in Normandy. I hope this will be of interest for you and old friends of America. very sincerely yours, Ludovic

716th Railway Operating Battalion Antwerp Railyard then and now...

From Guy in Belgium ...
With 100% certainty, the above picture was taken at the large Antwerp railyard called “Antwerpen-Dam” in Belgium. The partial gantry in the top right corner was part of a hugh coaling crane. This was demolished late sixties when there where no steamtrains located there anymore. The engineshed is still standing but the 2 large chimneys have gone. The hugh building behind is also standing. This whole area has been turned into a leisure park a few years back with fountains and summer bars and the like. Just off picture on the right, behind the coaling installation, an old engine shed has been turned into a posh restaurant. The area had such rich railway history but nothing is left visible. An offer by the railcompany to display a locomotive has been turned down by the city architects.
Google earth image today...

729th Railway Operating Battalion 1974

729th Railway Operating BN 1974 by Nancy on Scribd

728th Railway Operating Battalion - Ralph Liddick

PFC Ralph E. Liddick of the 728th is buried in the LaPlatte Cemetery in Sarpy County NE.
He died on 9 Feb 1973. Sarpy County is located south of Omaha along the Missouri River.

Omaha World-Herald Sunday, Feb 11, 1973 Omaha, NE Page: 88

763rd ROB Capt. Richard G Hill

Thanks to John for rescuing these great photos of Capt Richard G. Hill of the 763rd Railway Operating Battalion.

763 Hill Photos by Nancy on Scribd

2nd Military Rail Europe WWII by Metz

2nd Military Rail Europe WWII Metz by Nancy on Scribd

All Aboard: using railroad employee magazines for your research

All Aboard Rail Research by Nancy on Scribd

Military Railway Service Journal Nov 1956

Other Units mentioned: 740th Railway Operating Battalion, 719th Railway Operating Battalion, 725thRailway Operating Battalion, 714th Railway Operating Battalion,725th Railway Operating Battalion,726th Railway Operating Battalion, 712th Railway Operating Battalion, 730th Railway Operating Battalion

Military Railway Service Journal Nov 1956 by Nancy on Scribd

770th Railway Operaing Battallion Roster 1944

770 ROB Roster 1944 by Nancy on Scribd

U.S. Army Transportation Museum: then and now

I found a clipping in my mom's stuff, Capt Griffin was my dad.
You can see the new insignia and the one used on the web page right now.
Visit the web page for the museum here :

735th Railway operating soldier visit family in Belgium ~ Muia

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735th ROB Muia Belgium Visit by Nancy on Scribd

Rail cranes question

Steve writes wondering about some rail cranes .... Attached for your information is a scan of the photo I bought of Ebay showing US army 75ton crane 7501 under going lift tests. The reverse of the photo has notes identifying the crane type as a spec MIL-R-3291 and providing serial numbers for 4 x cranes.
Note the reference to the cranes being for "foreign service". The crane configuration is the same as the ones here in NSW but so far I'm unable to confirm if they are from this allocation. Can anyone help him ?

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712th TROB Harrell Boedeker honored

Two members of the Malta Bend American Legion Post No. 558 have received Quilts of Valor. Harrell Boedeker, a Korean War Army veteran, and Richard Wagner Jr., an Army veteran of Operation Desert Storm, were both presented a Quilt of Valor this past month.
Boedeker served in the Army from February 1951 to February 1953, achieving the rank of PFC(T). He was assigned to Company B, 712th Transportation Railway Operating Battalion as a welder in Korea, during the war. Company B had the responsibility for the maintenance of railway equipment and worked with the Koreans to teach them faster and better ways of keeping inadequate and scarce motive power and cars in service. At his discharge, his awards included the Korean Service Medal with three bronze service stars and the United Nations Service Medal. Boedeker’s quilt was presented by Christena and Keith Windmeyer on Sunday, March 17.

717th Railway Operating Battaion - Alton Beideck

743rd Railway Operating Battalion Trains at Little Rock, Arkansas

714th or 765th TRSB Korea - Kinney

Daniel Delbert Kinney Sr., from Gold Creek, Montana (born june 17 1928), Deer Lodge or ,Butte Montana.

 USA 2017 became KNR 2012 and USA 2033 became KNR 2003. (When the Army turned over some of its SW8s to the Korean National Railroad, the KNR renumbered them in the 2000 series, which causes some confusion since the KNR didn't keep the 2000-series numbers the Army had been using.)
The only SW8 left in Korea is ex-USA 2011, which became KNR 2001. When I last saw it three years ago it was on display by the main gate of the Pusan shops, and an employee said there are plans to put it on display somewhere in the city as an object of Korean national history, as it is the oldest diesel in the country


Transportation corps photos -- Life 1944 France Morse collection

Transportation corps Life

724th Railway Operating Battalion plaque

715th ROB William Benner

William P Benner May 17, 1921 - September 01, 2013

William P. Benner, age 92, of Lemont, IL, formerly of Ft. Wayne, IN passed away Sept. 1st, 2013. A veteran of WWII, served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army with Company C, 715th Railway Operations Battalion. Beloved husband of Theresa nee Wozniak, and the late Wanda I. Benner; loving father of Judy (William) Herman; adored grandfather of the late Chad Kelley, and late infant Wesley Kelley, Rex Wise, Angela (Scott) Grosetephon, and Leslie (Ryan) Pressley; cherished great-grandfather of (6) six.
He worked as a brakeman/conductor for the Penn Central Railroad, and retired after 43 yrs. service with Conrail. He was a member of Local #0298 United Transportation Union for 73 yrs. Funeral services Wednesday Sept. 4, 2013, 9:30a.m. from Markiewicz Funeral Home, P.C., 108 Illinois St., Lemont, IL 60439, to SS. Cyril & Methodius Church, for Mass at 10 a.m. Interment parish cemetery

720th Railway Operating Battalion timetable

720th Timetable by on Scribd

714th Railway Operating Battalion- Ashland

704th Railway Grand Division card Richey

Chicago Railroad Fair 1948 - Military display

The Chicago Railroad Fair was an event organized to celebrate and commemorate 100 years of railroad history west of Chicago, Illinois. It was held in Chicago in 1948 and 1949 along the shore of Lake Michigan and is often referred to as "the last great railroad fair" with 39 railroad companies participating. The board of directors for the show was a veritable "Who's Who" of railroad company executives.
History of the fair The origin of the fair traces back to the Chicago and North Western Railway (CNW), which at the time was the successor of the first railroad to operate out of Chicago, the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad. CNW was seeking a way to commemorate 100 years of railroading in Chicago, especially as it was done on the CNW itself. Public Relations Manager F.V. Koval is credited with developing the idea behind the fair.
The CNW advertising and public relation staff went to work to promote the show in the early months of 1948, beginning with a series of photographs made by company photographer Don Lidikay of people in 19th century costumes posing with the locomotive Pioneer, which had pulled the first train out of Chicago in 1848.[1] A highlight of the fair was the presence of the Freedom Train.The Freedom Train travelled the country from September 17, 1947, through Jan 22, 1949, and was at the Railroad Fair from July 5 – 9. It held many documents and artifacts from the National Archives. Available for public viewing were the original United States Constitution, Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. Security of the documents was the responsibility of the Marine Corps.

ACTCOTS (Atlantic Coast Transportation Corps Officers' Training School) Commencement program May 15,1943

Actc Commencement Program M... by on Scribd

750th ROB Thanksgiving Dinner

750th ROB Thanksgiving Dinner by on Scribd

Military Railway Service (MRS) Veterans : 67th Annual Transportation Corps Conference

Military Railway Service (M... by on Scribd

765th TSRB Korea Hospital train

712th Railway Operating Battalion cup and 714th Railway Operating Battalion candlesticks: soldier's art


712th Learn more about soldier's art ... Art of the American Soldier by Center of Military History

Mileposts: memories of the 774th Railway Grand Division 1945

IF YOU HAVE A COPY OF THIS UNIT HISTORY! Please contact me and share it! Thanks Nancy militaryrailwayservice@gmail.com Only a few pages from this history! We need a full scan!

Mileposts: memories of the ... by on Scribd

Mileposts-The-Memoirs-of-the-774th-Railway-Grand-Division-MRS-Italy-1945-Book Country/Region of Manufacture: Italy Published Date: 1945 Main Author: Corporal John F. Daily Physical Description: 115 p. illus. Other Authors: Captain Harry J. Isett Produced by: Information and Education Section, MRS, Italy Language: English Binding: Hardcover Published: Rome, Tipolitografia delle Ferrovie dello Stato Subject: United States > Army >774th Railway Grand Division

The other fellow's job: a digest of army rules and regulations governing military traffic on railroads

The other fellow's job:... by on Scribd

Santa Fe Railroad Dining Car menu 1943

'Railroaders Alway' song - US Army

Railroaders Always Song by on Scribd

720th Railway Operating Battalion Warrington letters home

720th Railway Operating Battalion Warrington

735th Railwway Operating Battalion Reunion - Muia archives

Thanks again to Muia family for donating these great reunion photos! Reunion photos 1955-1988 and 1994- 2000

 735th ROB reunion 1955-88  Muia 735 ROB Reunion Muia 1994-2000

744th ROB Milwaukee Magazine May 1944

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735th Railway Operating Battalion - Muia

Thanks so much to Joseph Muia daughter, Mary Fran for sharing great information from her dad on his service in the 735th ROB.
We have been busy scanning reunion photo albums, unit histories and other doc and I will be posting much more on the 735th soon, a unit we didn't know that much about.
Thanks again to Mary Fran for sharing all this with the blog.


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