During the war, everything changes, including the role of trains. We see this in Ukraine, where trains are now one of the most important means of evacuation. But we also see freight trains being used to support military traffic. Railway Supply magazine writes about this with reference to RailFreight.

armored train

This week, photos and videos of an armored train of the Russian military were circulating on social networks. Armored trains usually include railroad cars armed with artillery, machine guns, and automatic cannons. They were mainly used in the late 19th and early 20th centuries because they offered a new way to move large amounts of firepower quickly.

Moreover, armored trains equipped with the ZU-23-2 were used during the Second Chechen War throughout the 2000s. Most countries have stopped using them, but Russia has continued to use some of them throughout the 21st century.

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A train spotted this week called Amur will also be equipped with a ZU-23-2 anti-aircraft gun. A similar train, called the Yenisei, was sent in March to Melitopol in Zaporizhzhya Oblast, a Russian-annexed region in southeastern Ukraine in September.

A journalist from the Russian newspaper Izvestia mentioned on Telegram that the armored train would be used to check dangerous sections of the track. However, he mentions that it can also be used to fight saboteurs. Unofficial Russian sources claim that the Amur will be sent to the same area where the Yenisei operates.

The ZU-23-2 first entered service with the Soviet Army in 1960 and was actively used in the wars that Russia waged in Asia and the Middle East.

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