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A railway gun, also called a railroad gun, is a large artillery piece, often surplus naval ordnance, mounted on, transported by, and fired from a specially designed railway wagon. Many countries have built railway guns, but the best known are the large Krupp-built pieces used by Germany in World War I and World War II. Smaller guns were often part of an armoured train.

A railway gun, also called a railroad gun, is a large artillery piece, often…

Rail Gun - a 16 inch Naval Gun  Outstanding invention - An American Naval Gun mounted on a rail car, created a sensation in France because of the tremendous range. But It had to be reassembled off the flat-car.

Rail Gun - a 16 inch Naval Gun Outstanding invention - An American Naval Gun mounted on a rail car, created a sensation in France because of the tremendous range. But It had to be reassembled off the flat-car.

WWII German 800mm Railgun " Dora " - Google Search

WWII German 800mm Railgun " Dora " - Google Search

Schwerer 25cm Minenwerfer by drakegoodman, via Flickr. The 25cm Minenwerfer was primarily used for destroying fortifications and other hardened positions. It was a cumbersome weapon and it's ammunition was prone to premature detonation. However, the effect of it's 25cm shells was devastating and it was used throughout the World War I.

The Minenwerfer was primarily used for destroying fortifications and other hardened positions

Crewmen of USS Texas (BB-35), pose for a picture on top of one of the main battery guns - 1918

Commissioned 100 years ago today, the Newport News-built USS Texas became a legendary battleship, fighting in two World Wars and surviving today as the world's only remaining dreadnought warship.

REI Siegfried Railway Gun

Buy the REI Siegfried Railway Gun from Reynauld's Euro Imports.

Like the Germans, the British had a number of long-range railway guns that could fire across the English Channel. The photo shows the 18-inch railway gun 'Boche-Buster' firing from a cutting near Bishopsbourne in Kent, 7 May 1941.

Like the Germans, the British had a number of long-range railway guns that could fire across the English Channel. The photo shows the railway gun 'Boche-Buster' firing from a cutting near Bishopsbourne in Kent, 7 May

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