Right now we are going to get inside a railway car, not an ordinary one, but belonging to the combat railway missile complex.
Compartment of the train and a corded phone inside.
In the period from 1987 to 1994 there were twelve units of such trains, each had three disguised missile launchers but they looked like ordinary cars, even specialists often did not notice anything special about them.
Moving along the railways of the country they were always ready to attack from any place they were at… Nuclear Armageddon could be started by a simple turning of this key.
To be more precise by simultaneous turning of two keys located next to each other. One operator may go suddenly crazy, but both won’t.
The peaceful car could become very dangerous.
Such thing is on its roof.
It is intended to separate and earth the wires if any are available. Then the roof of the car is reclined aside.
Such container with a missile can be found inside.
Blunt-pointed missile 15J61 “Molodets” was too big for the car so it had a folding fairing and became conic only right before a flight (was simply blown inflated).
The missile launched from the container.
They had only three minutes for all operations from the moment of getting a command from the Joint Staff to the lauch of a missile.
It was not easy to determine the location of “a death train” and counter-attack – the complex could promptly change its launch position for 1000 kilometres within a day.
Only one of each train set of cars was travelling along the country, another one was maintained.
In 2002 the division was disbanded and the combat railway missile complexes were decommissioned under the supervision of Americans – they even sent a black guy who had to get inside the train and make sure there was no missile there.
Soon they were replaced by land-based mobile missile systems, because they actually had various disadvantages and already were out of date. However they may revive again and if this happens new trains will have modern missiles.
This man used to be an operator of such train, today he works in a museum. On the picture above is his workplace.
The museum is located in a former command bunker.
There are many interesting things here.
Missiles were fueled through such a hose.
The workers of the museum do not want to tell what is inside these cylinders.
Training control post.
And the red button, of course!
In fact this button stops launching while launch itself is made by keys turning.
They say that this light brown cabinet may fully block all radio communication within the region!
“Glory to missilemen of Zvezdny!”