Army Railroad, Camp Claiborne, LA (1940's)
It ran from Camp Claiborne, on the Missouri Pacific south of Alexandria, westward 48 miles to Camp Polk, on the Kansas City Southern south of Leesville. Construction began on 4 September 1941 and the Golden Spike ceremony was held on 11 July 1942. In October 1942, the soldiers who had built the Claiborne-Polk Military Railroad shipped out to Iran, where they helped operate the Trans-Iranian Railroad. The foundation of the locomotive shop and other remnants can still be seen.
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Soldiers in training on the U.S. Army Railroad.
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