40 & 8 box cars.

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Wed Sep 21 21:24:33 EDT 2005

I made a journey coming home from the ETO in the WW II version of the 40&8.
This was from Heidelberg Germany to Le Harve France in March 1946. Don't
remember for sure how many was in each car but really crowded, if you were in the
end of the car very tricky getting to the door in the dark to empty bladder,
lots of groaning and bad language from prone bodies being steeped on. Talk
about a ragged looking train this was in March and still chilly each car had a
portable stove about the size of a metal beer keg with about four feet of
stove pipe then an elbow and two feet out the door, They gave us a sack of some
king of compressed peat and coal that was short on BTU's but big on smoke So
picture this twenty car train rattling along at about 20 MPH with smoke
poring out of these stove pipes. Miserable trip took four days and nights. But
We Were Headed Home!!!
R F Smith
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