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Blue Square Model’s Abteilung ’46 shares built-up photos of its rail ripper.
From Rob Arndt of Strange Vehicles: The Schienenwolf (Rail Wolf), sometimes also referred to as a Schwellenpflug (Sleeper Plough) was a German rail vehicle built to destroy rail lines through the use of an immensely strong, hook-shaped armored plough.

In combat use, a locomotive hauled the attached “rail ripper” as it became known. The hook was lowered into the middle of the track resulting in pulling the rails out of alignment, tearing up the middle of the track, and breaking the sleepers. Used in Hitler’s scorched earth policy of total destruction, especially during the collapse of the Third Reich, the Schienenwolf tore up bridges and signaling equipment as well, denying the enemy the use of the seriously damaged railways into Germany.

Blue Square Model’s Abteilung ‘46 line has the following Schienenwolf variants in its inventory:

  • AB72012 - Schienenwolf - Light Version
  • AB72013 - Schienenwolf - Heavy Version
  • AB72014 - Schienenwolf - Armored Version

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I see what you mean Sherman's_neckties H.P.
DEC 20, 2016 - 12:46 AM
could three guys ( that dude on the tree ain't pushing dik ) bend a modern rail like that ? I never gave it any thought , why would I Seems like they would be a whole lot tougher than that . how long is a standard rail section ?
DEC 20, 2016 - 12:55 AM
Those are rather light rails, main-line rails during WW II would be heavier. Which mans standard ?? (1880) United States 39 feet (11.89 m) United States to suit 40-foot (12.19 m) long gondola waggons (1950) United Kingdom 60 feet (18.29 m) British Rail (1953) Australia 45 feet (13.72 m) Australia [1] (1900) United Kingdom 71 feet (21.64 m) - steel works weighing machine for rails (Steelyard balance)[2] (1940s) United States 78 feet (23.77 m) US [3] Say somewhere between 13 and 24 meters Hydraulic shears would imply stopping the whole unit for each cut or have some complex (i.e. prone to faults, needs a lot of maintenance) solution to let the shears move with the rail during the cut. Following Shermans advice the rails should be twisted and that could probably be done with a set of rollers, maybe one full turn in 10 meters of rail would be enough. "In case of the sounds of serious battle [Major-General McPherson] will close in on General Schofield, but otherwise will keep every man of his command at work in destroying the railroad by tearing up track, burning the ties and iron, and twisting the bars when hot. Officers should be instructed that bars simply bent may be used again, but if when red hot they are twisted out of line they cannot be used again. Pile the ties into shape for a bonfire, put the rails across and when red hot in the middle, let a man at each end twist the bar so that its surface becomes spiral. ” — Wm. T. Sherman, Special Field Orders, July 18, 1864" / Robin
DEC 20, 2016 - 01:34 AM
ah - red-hot steel . .... now that M 46 using 20 mm ....
DEC 20, 2016 - 01:46 AM
Reenactors bending rails: LINK takes more than three guys though .... / Robin
DEC 20, 2016 - 01:55 AM
IMHO, there are easier ways to set fire to a tree... H.P.
DEC 20, 2016 - 02:03 AM
Personally I just want to see this kit offered in 1/35th!
DEC 20, 2016 - 07:53 AM
What about these ? H.P.
DEC 20, 2016 - 12:14 PM
Thanks Frenchy! Just what I wanted!
DEC 20, 2016 - 11:30 PM
We broke our quick reply box. Working on it. Until fixed go to topic to reply.

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