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.

Mission: The mission of the 757th Transportation Battalion (RWY) is to command, control, and supervise rail operating companies. The 757th Transportation Battalion (Railway) mission is to supervise the operation of railway locomotives and trains; supervise the maintenance and repair of railway track; supervise the performance of running inspections on rolling stock and diesel-electric locomotives; and to supervise the performance of unit maintenance on rolling stock and diesel-electric locomotives. It is responsible for supervising and controlling the operation of a rail division of up to 240 miles of track. Headquarterd in Milwaukee, WI 53207-1799, we are an element of the 336th Transportation Group-Ft. Sheridan, IL under the 88th Regional Support Command-Ft. Snelling, MN- United States Army. The battalion supports and trains soldiers at these organizations: Wisconsin Southern Railroad Janesville and Horicon, Wisconsin Fox River Trolley Museum Elgin, Illinois 84th Training Division Milwaukee, Wisconsin Naval Surface Warfare Training Center Crane, Indiana Charles Melvin Price Support Center Granite City, Illinois Badger Army Ammunition Plant Baraboo, Wisconsin Mid-Continent Railroad Museum North Freedom, Wisconsin McAlester Army Ammunition Plant McAlester, Oklahoma In June 2000 Army Reserve engineers from Mississippi to Michigan to Montana descended on Oklahoma for Exercise Golden Kastle. While in its third year at McAlester Army Ammunition Plant, this was the first year -- and first time ever, according to officials -- Army Reserve engineer units worked as subcontractors for Army Corps of Engineers construction projects. Members of the 757th Transportation Railway Battalion, of Milwaukee, Wis., rebuilt about 700 feet of track that leads off a spur to a row of bunkers. The soldiers completely removed and replaced the section of track that had been closed due to unstable ground. The soldiers stripped out the bad section down to the underlying hard pan. Next, they redid the ditches and re-sloped the ground to ensure good drainage. They then hauled rock to serve as a base for the new rails, laid ties and rail line and spiked the rail to finish the four-week job.

Operating as usual

American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association
10/28/2020

American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association

Fort Eustis Military Railway
10/25/2020

Fort Eustis Military Railway

US Army 4635 is seen working the CSX interchange track at Lee Hall, Virginia, in June 2011.

Fort Eustis Military Railway
10/20/2020

Fort Eustis Military Railway

Would the owner of this light set please move it, you're blocking the 9:15!

Fort Eustis Military Railway
10/15/2020

Fort Eustis Military Railway

The 7th Transportation Brigade - Expeditionary from Fort Eustis, Virginia, participated in the Joint Readiness Exercise at Port Arthur, Texas, to assess their ability to conduct seaport of debarkation operations and reception, staging, onward movement and integration operations in preparation for regular Joint Readiness Training Center deployment rotations. Equipment used to support this mission was sent to Port Arthur by rail. Read more about this mission at the link below.

https://www.jble.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2377152/joint-readness-exercise-7th-tbx/fbclid/IwAR0CL8qYWS8rEWwQoywxTERz5kIsqB21WoYMG4VqP5d4CFhMhT3i-GANsdo/

Joint Base Langley-Eustis
10/01/2020

Joint Base Langley-Eustis

To promote safety around Fort Eustis, which contains 26 miles of bordering and intersecting railway tracks, #JBLE promoted National Railway Safety Week! Statistics from the National Safety Council show in 2019 there were 907 total railroad related fatalities nationwide, and 534 nonfatal injuries caused from trespassing on railroad tracks.

Pedestrians and motorists should be aware that trains always have the right of way. The reason being; trains are much larger, and it would take a freight train traveling at 55 MPH over a mile to make an unexpected stop.

U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command | U.S. Army Center for Initial Military Training | McDonald Army Health Center | 597th Transportation Brigade - SDDC | 128th Aviation Brigade | 7th Transportation Brigade - Expeditionary | 689th Rapid Port Opening Element - RPOE, SDDC | U.S. Army Transportation Museum

Fort Eustis Military Railway
09/22/2020

Fort Eustis Military Railway

In support of National Rail Safety Week, the Fort Eustis Railroad has placed a locomotive and caboose on display near the Post Exchange and bus stop.

The site of the current HRT bus stop was once the location of the Chesapeake & Ohio Ticket Office and Army Train Order Station. The ticket office was constructed in 1941 and closed in 1955.

https://www.facebook.com/armyrail/photos/a.218028178345151/991746297639998/?type=3&theater

Fort Eustis Military Railway
09/08/2020

Fort Eustis Military Railway

The Army locomotives were busy last month supporting the needs of the Transportation Corps. "Nothing happens until something moves!"

Fort Eustis Military Railway
08/19/2020

Fort Eustis Military Railway

The M878 5-ton Yard Tractor and M872 Trailer are secured to a TPDX railcar in Hanks Yard.

Please use extra caution around railroad tracks and crossings as train traffic has recently increased.

745th Railway Operating Battalion
08/14/2020

745th Railway Operating Battalion

In honor of VJ Day, and to the men and women who served over in The Forgotten Theater, I'm posting a picture of my father, 2nd Lt. G.Y. Duffy, seen here at Lumding, India, where he was the Stationmaster. Lumding was the western most station of the 745th.

Fort Eustis Military Railway
08/13/2020

Fort Eustis Military Railway

This unique head-on view of Locomotive 1880 helps to envision a somber safety slogan; "don't let this be the last thing you see!"

Just a friendly reminder from your local train crew; trains always have the right-of-way. Trespassing on railroad tracks is dangerous, and you should only cross tracks at designated crossings. Please be safe and exercise caution around railroad tracks.

Statistics from the National Safety Council show in 2019 there were 907 total railroad related fatalities nationwide, and 534 nonfatal injuries caused from trespassing on railroad tracks. For local Virginia statistics the Federal Railroad Administration reported in 2019 there were 25 trespassing related incidents, 17 of which resulted in fatalities. Since January 2020 there have already been 9 trespassing injuries and 1 death in Virginia. We share this information with the Joint Base Langley-Eustis community to insure we don't become a statistic.

Our team will be sharing more train facts and safety messages leading up to National Railroad Safety Week, 20-26 September.

Fort Eustis Military Railway
07/31/2020

Fort Eustis Military Railway

Brand new American built GE U8B (BB907 class) locomotives being unloaded from a barge in Saigon, 1963.

Between 1963 and 1964 General Electric built 47 of these 900 horsepower diesel-electric locomotives, weighing 114,000 pounds, for South Vietnam.

Fort Eustis Military Railway
07/30/2020

Fort Eustis Military Railway

Locomotives 1880 and 4624 throttle up as they pass the Newport News Police pistol range at the end of Mulberry Island Road.

Fort Eustis Military Railway
07/23/2020

Fort Eustis Military Railway

Locomotive 4624 sets off a boxcar to Kenny Siding in July 2019. Most of the Mulberry Island Division runs through swamp and wetlands. This seems to be a popular location used by soldiers on the land navigation course.

Fort Eustis Military Railway
07/06/2020

Fort Eustis Military Railway

A Burro Crane is seen working at Fort Eustis, the date is thought to be 1952.

Fort Eustis Military Railway
07/04/2020

Fort Eustis Military Railway

In 1941 the US War Department ordered eight 2-8-0 Consolidation type steam engines from Lima Locomotive Works. Known as the S179 class Locomotive number 6997 was built in February 1942 and later renumbered to 620 in 1954. The 620 served Fort Eustis until 1966 when it was scrapped.

The 620 is seen in Hanks Yard building it's train. Also seen is an EMD MRS1 with a range train on Track 4.

Fort Eustis Military Railway
07/04/2020

Fort Eustis Military Railway

US Army Locomotive 2047, an ALCO MRS1, passing Seay Plaza on Fort Eustis in 1964.

Fort Eustis Military Railway
06/16/2020

Fort Eustis Military Railway

The railroad was busy last week with the arrival of equipment form overseas, via the Port of Charleston.

05/29/2020
Norfolk & Western Class J No. 611

Norfolk & Western Class J No. 611

On this date in 1950, one of the most iconic steam locomotives ever built rolled out of the Norfolk & Western East End shops in Roanoke, Virginia. The 611 sported the classic bullet nose and streamling with her famous tuscan stripe, 300 lbs. bolier pressure, 70 inch drivers and 80,000 lbs. of tractive effort exactly like her other 14 sisters.

The 611 served the N&W well until 1959 when she was retired from service. Between 1982 and 1994, she rolled off thousands and thousands of miles pulling excursions and making fans all over the world. In 2015, it was her time to shine again on the high iron under steam and reach a new generation of steam lovers!

Today we wanted to celebrate her 70th birthday in style and under steam but safety and the well being of the public is our number one priority. Stay tuned for plans later in the year and let's make the 611's 70th birthday year a special one!

We would like to thank all of our friends, donors, supporters, and crews for bringing the 611 back to life for a third time. We simply couldn't do it without you!

A special thanks goes out to the following for their assitance in this video: Norfolk Southern Corp, Virginia Museum of Transportation, N.C. Transportation Museum, Steam Operations Corporation, Strasburg Rail Road, Nashville Steam, Trains Magazine, Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel, Atlantic Railways, Santa Fe 3751, Triangle's Train: New Hope Valley Railway, Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum, Fort Eustis Military Railway, Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad, DeeDee Bruce, Cynthia Scruggs, Joey Kendrick, Erin Kendrick, Scotty Williamson, Colin Wiseley, Duane Leonard, Dick Cudd, and Brady Sanker

A Nice Sunset
05/14/2020
A Nice Sunset

A Nice Sunset

Someone really spent time on this car.

Fort Eustis Military Railway
05/09/2020

Fort Eustis Military Railway

Happy National Train Day!

05/07/2020
U.S. Army Transportation Museum

U.S. Army Transportation Museum

During World War II the US Army used the railroad both overseas and within the continental United States to move massive amounts of men and material wherever they needed to go. In the war against Nazi Germany Army rail units would serve where needed and helped move what was needed to ensure the eventual victory over Germany on May 8th, 1945.
Museum Curator, Marc Sammis, provides a little information on the contribution of Army rail to the war in Europe. Please enjoy this short clip.

Fort Eustis Military Railway
07/13/2016
Fort Eustis Military Railway

Fort Eustis Military Railway

The Fort Eustis Military Railway is operated as an intra-plant switching facility for the United States Army.

Railway Operating Battalion Revival Project
07/13/2016
Railway Operating Battalion Revival Project

Railway Operating Battalion Revival Project

Devoted to reviving the Army's Railway Operating Battalions and the benefits that they bring to military installations.

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5130 W Silver Spring Dr
Milwaukee, WI
53218

General information

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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