757th Transportation Battalion (Rail)

757th Transportation Battalion (Rail) 'Home of Army Rail' and the 'Source of Power' HERALDRY

Distinctive Unit Insignia

Description
A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Gules (Brick Red), between two bars gemel Or, a pellet fimbriated of the second and surmounted overall by a lion passant guardant of the last.

Attached below and to the sides of the shield a Gold scroll inscribed “SOURCE OF POWER” in Black letters. Symbolism
Brick red and golden yellow are the colors traditionally used for the Transportation Corps. The double bars simulate railroad tracks, and the black disc simulates a locomotive wheel. Together they represent the organization’s history as a Railway Shop Battalion. The Battalion’s three campaign honors awarded for service in World War II are represented by the lion from the coat of arms of Normandy and by the two sets of double bars. Coat Of Arms
Blazon
Shield
Gules (Brick Red), between two bars gemel Or, a pellet fimbriated of the second and surmounted overall by a lion passant guardant of the last. Crest
That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath of the colors Or and Gules, the Lexington Minute Man Proper. The statue of the Minute Man, Captain John Parker (H.H. Kitson, sculptor), stands on the Common in Lexington, Massachusetts. Motto
SOURCE OF POWER. Background
The coat of arms was originally approved on 28 March 1963. It was amended to correct an error in the blazonry of the crest on 15 May 1963. The insignia was cancelled on 30 April 1969. It was reinstated for the 757th Transportation Battalion on 14 February 1995.

Operating as usual

New Law Would Let Amtrak Sue Over Late Trains
05/04/2021
New Law Would Let Amtrak Sue Over Late Trains

New Law Would Let Amtrak Sue Over Late Trains

While railroads legally have to give passengers preference over freight, freight delays still cause roughly 60 percent of Amtrak’s delays.

This GP40-2 displayed a split personality as it handled Seaboard System train M733, the STELLA TURN, on the former Louis...
05/01/2021

This GP40-2 displayed a split personality as it handled Seaboard System train M733, the STELLA TURN, on the former Louisville & Nashville at Cantonment, Florida - just north of Pensacola. The unit still wore the lettering and emblem of its former owner, but the number of its new one! The geep had been built as Georgia Railroad 755 and was then renumbered as Seaboard System 6643, and it was later SBD 6389 and then CSXT 6389.

SBD 6643 - 12 MAY 1983 - CANTONMENT, FL - LARRY SEALE image

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Posted by Michael Palmieri

This GP40-2 displayed a split personality as it handled Seaboard System train M733, the STELLA TURN, on the former Louisville & Nashville at Cantonment, Florida - just north of Pensacola. The unit still wore the lettering and emblem of its former owner, but the number of its new one! The geep had been built as Georgia Railroad 755 and was then renumbered as Seaboard System 6643, and it was later SBD 6389 and then CSXT 6389.

SBD 6643 - 12 MAY 1983 - CANTONMENT, FL - LARRY SEALE image

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Built on 29 August 1942 as U.S. Army 7953, this little loco was one of only 11 Model 40 diesel-electric switchers built ...
04/30/2021

Built on 29 August 1942 as U.S. Army 7953, this little loco was one of only 11 Model 40 diesel-electric switchers built by the Electro-Motive Corporation and its successor, the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors. Built between August 1940 and April 1943, each 4-wheel unit weighed between 40 and 44 tons and was powered by two 150HP Detroit Diesel Model 6-71 truck engines. It looks like serial number 2285 spent its entire life in southeast Louisiana. Known owners included the Gulf South Warehouse Co. in New Orleans (which may have been its original assignment for the U.S. Army), American Creosote at Southport, and the Green Brothers' Coastal Sand & Gravel operation at Lacombe, where it was photographed in derelict condition.

CS&G - LACOMBE, LA - 2 JAN 1979 - MICHAEL M. PALMIERI image
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Built on 29 August 1942 as U.S. Army 7953, this little loco was one of only 11 Model 40 diesel-electric switchers built by the Electro-Motive Corporation and its successor, the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors. Built between August 1940 and April 1943, each 4-wheel unit weighed between 40 and 44 tons and was powered by two 150HP Detroit Diesel Model 6-71 truck engines. It looks like serial number 2285 spent its entire life in southeast Louisiana. Known owners included the Gulf South Warehouse Co. in New Orleans (which may have been its original assignment for the U.S. Army), American Creosote at Southport, and the Green Brothers' Coastal Sand & Gravel operation at Lacombe, where it was photographed in derelict condition.

CS&G - LACOMBE, LA - 2 JAN 1979 - MICHAEL M. PALMIERI image
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04/28/2021
All Aboard a Military Special Train
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The military special train journey is undoubtedly one of the most sought after journeys amongst officers and men in a unit.

04/18/2021
US Army #1856 | Niles Canyon Railway
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US Army #1856 | Niles Canyon Railway

US Army #1856 | Niles Canyon Railway

Specifications Built January 1953 Fairbanks-Morse Beloit, Wisconsin Builder’s number 12L680 1200 horsepower 6 cylinder opposed piston engine United States Army No. 1856 is a Fairbanks-Morse H12-44 locomotive built in 1953 as part of a group at a cost of $224,700 each. #1856 last served at the Oakl...

Photo Essay: Army locomotive at Fort McCoy
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Photo Essay: Army locomotive at Fort McCoy

Photo Essay: Army locomotive at Fort McCoy

A U.S. Army locomotive used as part of rail operations is shown in January at Fort McCoy, Wis.For the many decades of Fort McCoy’s existence, the capab...

Loading up: Marine instructors teach U.S. Soldiers railway operations
04/18/2021
Loading up: Marine instructors teach U.S. Soldiers railway operations

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Soldiers from the 678th and 679th Movement Control Teams, along with Soldiers from the 757th Expeditionary Railway Center, conducted railway operations training at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, April 11,

Photos from II Marine Expeditionary Force's post
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Photos from II Marine Expeditionary Force's post

U.S. Army Rail | Bonfire
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U.S. Army Rail | Bonfire

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Grab your limited edition U.S. Army Rail merchandise before the campaign closes. Featuring Black Premium Unisex Tees, professionally printed in the USA.

Timeline Photos
04/14/2021

Timeline Photos

On this day in history – 11 April 1947, it was reported that Mr Keith Grand, Assistant General Manager of the Great Western Railway, was due to be presented that day with the United States Medal of Freedom with Bronze Palm for his services to the USA during the war. The presentation was due to take place in London at the American ambassador’s residence. Having joined the GWR in 1919, Keith Grand had been the company’s agent in America between 1926 and 1929. This painting (coloured photograph) of No 6000 ‘King George V’ had hung in the GWR’s New York office during the time Keith Grand was the agent, and is now in the Great Western Trust collection at Didcot Railway Centre.

Keith Grand eventually became General Manager of British Railways Western Region and, allegedly, in April 1950 refused to comply with the British Railways standardisation of signalling by insisting that the GWR lower quadrant semaphore signals should be retained on his region.

Photos from U.S. Army Reserve's post
04/13/2021

Photos from U.S. Army Reserve's post

745th Railway Operating Battalion
02/24/2021

745th Railway Operating Battalion

On January 10, 1944, 5 Railway Operating Battalions plus 1 Shop Battalion arrived in the port of Bombay. They were assigned to upgrade the meter gauge Bengal and Assam Railway between Parbatipur and Ledo, a distance of 804 miles. Their task was to upgrade a light rail tea plantation rail system to handle the heavier tonnage moving war materiel that was needed to supply the transport planes flying "The Hump".
On this map, are the assigned segments of each of these battalions. As most of you by now know, my father's unit was the 745th, assigned to the segment between Lumding and Mariani. The Japanese will target this stretch when they lay siege to Imphal and Kohima, with their eye on advancing to Dimapur and the huge British supply cache. My dad was the trainmaster in Dimapur at this time in April.

Fort Eustis Military Railway
02/23/2021

Fort Eustis Military Railway

US Army Locomotive 607 at Wagner Yard, Fort Eustis, circa 1960. Today this locomotive can be seen on display at the U.S. Army Transportation Museum.

02/18/2021
Fort Eustis Military Railway

Fort Eustis Military Railway

Army Rail Operations is a short introduction video that accompanies a class room training film for the US Army Reserve 88U Railway Operations Crewmember.

Lee Hall Train Station Foundation
02/15/2021

Lee Hall Train Station Foundation

Virtual Preview:

The Lee Hall Depot is planning a grand opening. Here is a small preview of the restoration work done inside the depot. Keep checking our page for an announcement, coming soon!

Fort Eustis Military Railway
02/10/2021

Fort Eustis Military Railway

Baldwin RS4TC number 4001 is seen at the Hanks Yard engine facility, Fort Eustis, 1964.

Fort Eustis Military Railway
01/28/2021

Fort Eustis Military Railway

Locomotive 4635 takes on fuel at Hanks Yard during a snow shower in December 2010.

Fort Eustis Military Railway
01/16/2021

Fort Eustis Military Railway

Black and white photos from Fort Eustis Railway circa early 1960s.

745th Railway Operating Battalion
01/11/2021

745th Railway Operating Battalion

First of all, I want to wish everyone a very Healthy and Happy New Year. We have much to look forward to. More vaccines are being developed, a much needed change of leadership here in the U.S., and a good chance that normalcy has returned. By mid summer, the Covid numbers should be down, as long as we continue to wear the masks and practice safe distancing.
I am presently finishing the Prologue to the Diary. It covers the period between 1935 and December 1943, just before my dad left with the 745th for Bombay (now known as Mumbai). The Prologue begins with the simultaneous graduations of my mom, from a high school, and my dad from the University of Michigan, in June of 1935. From there, we'll follow the growing storm clouds leading to his enlistment and departure for India. Lastly, I want to thank everyone who has expressed an interest in the 745th and offer my help and the resources in my collection, if you need to know more about your relative who served in this railway battalion. The photograph is my father (in hat) standing with the Chaplain next to the "Saloon" which was used between stations along the Bengal & Assam Railway.

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Fort Eustis Military Railway
12/31/2020

Fort Eustis Military Railway

C&O 904144 caboose passing Mulberry Island Division mile post 7.

This C27A caboose was built by Fruit Growers Express, Alexandria, VA, in June 1980. The Chessie System Railroads used this caboose on coal trains going to Newport News coal piers from the mines of West Virginia and Kentucky. This caboose, and many others like it, escorted military loads across country. Eventually the caboose was made obsolete by trackside detectors and digital train monitoring technology. This caboose was saved from the scrap yard and lovingly restored by the dedicated volunteers of Lee Hall Train Station Foundation; it is a frequent visitor to the Transportation Museum.

Fort Eustis Military Railway
12/30/2020

Fort Eustis Military Railway

US Army Ambulance Ward Car number 89568, belonging to the U.S. Army Transportation Museum, left Fort Eustis the day after Thanksgiving. It was seen in Baltimore on December 22, and today it was delivered to Aberdeen Proving Grounds. The railcar is about to undergo a full restoration and then return to Fort Eustis.
Photos by James Drury and Curtis Diering Jr.

ABC News
12/30/2020
ABC News

ABC News

The railroad industry has installed an automatic braking system on nearly 58,000 miles of track where it is required ahead of a yearend deadline, federal regulators said.

Fort Eustis Military Railway
12/24/2020

Fort Eustis Military Railway

Engine 714 and caboose 994 operating a Santa Claus train in front of the 7th Transportation Brigade - Expeditionary headquarters building in 1971. The fact that there wasn't a railroad track here didn't stop the festivities. The 714th Railway Battalion constructed a panel track and operated the locomotive back and forth. Ron Peterson Photos.

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Lineage Information as of 9 February 2007 Constituted 1 July 1933 in the Organized Reserves as the 664th Engineer Battalion Organized by 1937 in Michigan Redesignated 21 February 1941 as the 757th Engineer Battalion Redesignated 1 April 1942 as the 757th Engineer Railway Shop Battalion Converted and redesignated 16 November 1942 as the 757th Railway Shop Battalion, Transportation Corps Ordered into active military service 3 June 1943 at the Army Service Forces Unit Training Center, New Orleans, Louisiana Inactivated 7 December 1945 at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey Redesignated 23 March 1948 as the 757th Transportation Railway Shop Battalion (Organized Reserves redesignated 25 March 1948 as the Organized Reserve Corps; redesignated 9 July 1952 as the Army Reserve) Activated 8 April 1948 with Headquarters at Milwaukee, Wisconsin Inactivated 25 October 1951 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin Activated 25 August 1952 with Headquarters at Milwaukee, Wisconsin Redesignated 1 January 1955 as the 757th Transportation Battalion Battalion broken up 31 January 1968 and its elements reorganized and redesignated as follows: Headquarters and Headquarters Company as Headquarters, 757th Transportation Battalion (Companies A, B, C, and D as the 1150th, 1151st, 1152d, and 1153d Transportation Companies, respectively--hereafter separate lineages) Reorganized and redesignated 15 March 1972 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 757th Transportation Battalion Inactivated 16 December 1980 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin Redesignated 16 May 1985 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 757th Transportation Battalion and activated at Milwaukee, Wisconsin Location changed 1 July 1987 to West Allis, Wisconsin; on 16 September 1993 to Milwaukee, Wisconsin Reorganized and redesignated 16 September 1998 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 757th Transportation Battalion Location changed 16 September 1993 to Milwaukee, Wisconsin Detachment ordered into active military service 2 January 2003 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin; remainder of battalion ordered into active military service 10 February 2003 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin Battalion (less Detachment) released from active military service 4 June 2003 and reverted to reserve status; Detachment released from active military service 1 November 2003 and reverted to reserve status

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