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.
58-2842-27-920
58-2842-27-940
58-2842-27-960
58-2842-27-980
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.