Russian Death Train

Russian Death Train

Right now we are going to get inside a railway car, not an ordinary one, but belonging to the combat railway missile complex.

Russian Death Train

Compartment of the train and a corded phone inside.

Russian Death Train

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.

Russian Death Train

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.

Russian Death Train

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.

Russian Death Train

The peaceful car could become very dangerous.

Russian Death Train

Such thing is on its roof.

Russian Death Train

It is intended to separate and earth the wires if any are available. Then the roof of the car is reclined aside.

Russian Death Train

Such container with a missile can be found inside.

Russian Death Train

Russian Death Train

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).

Russian Death Train

The missile launched from the container.

Russian Death Train

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.

Russian Death Train

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.

Russian Death Train

Only one of each train set of cars was travelling along the country, another one was maintained.

Russian Death Train

Russian Death Train

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.

Russian Death Train

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were replaced by land-based mobile missile systems, because they actually had various disadvantages and already were out of date.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.

Russian Death Train

This man used to be an operator of such train, today he works in a museum. On the picture above is his workplace.

Russian Death Train

The museum is located in a former command bunker.

Russian Death Train

Russian Death Train

Action post.

Russian Death Train

“Secret operation”.

Russian Death Train

Russian Death Train

There are many interesting things here.

Russian Death Train

Russian Death Train

Russian Death Train

Training centre.

Russian Death Train

Russian Death Train

Missiles were fueled through such a hose.

Russian Death Train

The workers of the museum do not want to tell what is inside these cylinders.

Russian Death Train

Training control post.

Russian Death Train

And the red button, of course!

Russian Death Train

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!

Russian Death Train

“Glory to missilemen of Zvezdny!”

via haritonoff

11 thoughts on “Russian Death Train”

  1. what an incredible post…i loved it, ive always thought about this kind of weapon but i guess couldnt be true…very nice and incredible tegnology, now i understand why the regimen collapsed….all the effort and supplies puttin in all thouse war machinaries….amazin…

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