In several cases the military actually maintained entire railroads,
suchas the 30-mile line in MD that ran from Brandywine, MD to
NAS/NATC Patuxent River MD. It had several locos, a fleet of
assorted freight cars, cabooses and guard-cars and even, for a
while, a few passenger cars!
There was a RR system on bas composed of over 20 miles of track
in addition to the 30 mile line to Brandywine MD. There were
several section-houses, way stops and other facilities along the
line that were military-maintained and operated, plus the terminal
at Brandywine MD was home to an engine house, small shop and
loading and interchange facilities along with several interchange
Another complete RR was the 30+ mile USN railroad from Dahlgren VA
to Fredericksburg VA. This, too linked a vast RR system on base with
the RF& P and C&O at Fredericksburg VA, but the USN owned and
maintained the entire line from Dahlgren to Fredericskburg and also
had quite a fleet of rolling stock and locomotives in their heyday!
They even operated several self-propelled passenger and combination
motorcars build by Edwards and Brill over the years. There was an
engine house, major shops, and yards on the Dahlgren base as well
as interchage facilities on the Fredericksburg end.
Also there was a 20 mile railroad built in the early part of the 20th
century from Indian Head MD to White Plains MD that was owned
and operated by the USN for transporting naval gun parts, powder,
and other large cargo to the Indian Head Naval Proving Grounds.
This base also had an extensive Railroad that was composed of
TWO different gauges! The standard gauge RR ran throughout the
base for regular supply and passenger service, and the narrow gauge
RR ran inside the base for the transportation of propellants and other
"hazmats"of the era. The narrow gauge RR was originally operated by
small Forneys, but later was operated by a catenery-supplied electric
All of these railroads had designated personnel such as locomotive
engineers, section hands, conductors, track gangs and shop men.
So....yes....the military DOES, in fact have RAILROADS!
Ft. Eustis VA still has a complete railroad on base for training
purposes complete with a locomotive shop, personnel, etc. They
also have a fleet of DoD rolling stock on the base and a couple of
locomotives. The US Army also owns and maintains a 4 mile line
from Eustis to the CSX interchange outside the base.
These are just a few examples of military RAILROADS.....you can
easily find others right here on these boards.