Armored trains were used by both sides on the Eastern Front during WWII. In fact their use began at the end of WWI and was further developed between the wars in the conflicts in Eastern Europe. Both the "Reds" and "Whites" factions fighting for control of Russia used armored trains in considerable numbers during the Russian Civil War, as did Poland at the beginning stages of WWII. Once WWII began, the Germans had to catch up on their armored train proficiency to help protect reinforcements and supplies from reaching the eastern front since they were constantly harassed by local partisans. As the Red Army grew in strength and the front became more fluid, there were a number of battles and skirmishes between tanks and armored trains.
Each BP 42 train had two BR 57 tenders. 7 metric tons of coal and 16.5 cubic meters of water were carried within each tender. The empty weight was just under 30 metric tons and weighed 53 metric tons when fully loaded. Sold Out!