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What was the state of the German rail system in 1944?

Could an SS officer get from Auschwitz to Berlin by train in July/August/September 1944? Yes. Per the many comments to your question they'd repair the rails as they'd get destroyed. Trains might get ...
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What was a plausible timetable for a train journey across Europe in 1870?

The excellent Timetable World website makes old railway, bus, and airline timetables available on the Internet. Obviously covering every possible route on every possible date would be a monumental ...
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What is the name of the color used by the SBB (Swiss Federal Railway) in the 1920s to paint their locomotive?

@[email protected] says NCS* 8010-B90G, which is closest (but not exact) to RAL 6009. The German wikipedia page for the Ae 6/6 calls the color "tannengrün", which is the name of RAL 6009. ...
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What was the state of the German rail system in 1944?

In August/September 1944, the German rail system was working reasonably well. It was heavily loaded, and sometimes damaged by bombing. However, the Western allies weren't doing much bombing east of ...
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What is the name of the color used by the SBB (Swiss Federal Railway) in the 1920s to paint their locomotive?

… the green color that the wonderful Ce 6/8 II "Crocodile" locomotives wore while driving across the alps during the 1920s … Well since you specifically ask about the 1920s, it appears that ...
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Did a fallen-out red signal lens ever cause a railway accident?

A lot of confusion here, but a kernel of truth. The book Railroad Signaling (2003, pp. 47-49) gives a fairly detailed account of how the color coding of signals evolved over time. It mentions that the ...
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What was the state of the German rail system in 1944?

Reichsbahn operated reasonably well practically until the end of the war The reasons for this are easy to understand - unlike oil, Germany had an ample supply of coal (Ruhr and Saar region, Kattowitz-...
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When did the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad connect Baltimore city to any Ohio city?

The "Ohio" in the name was about the Ohio river, not the state. The background here is that when the Erie canal was built, it became a magnet for trade. A lot of western trade on the Ohio river used ...
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What was a plausible timetable for a train journey across Europe in 1870?

Why Calais to Cologne? Ostend to Cologne would be easier and mail boats from Dover started 1846. Rail connections between Ostend through Cologne onwards to Vienna would have existed after 1860. The ...
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What is the name of the color used by the SBB (Swiss Federal Railway) in the 1920s to paint their locomotive?

Looking up colour standards, it seems plausible that this green was defined in the RAL classic colour system, which is widely used in Europe and was created in the 1920s. My colour vision is not very ...
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How much did it cost to buy a ticket on the Orient Express from Paris to Istanbul in 1914?

According to Sophie Basch in "Le voyage à Constantinople: l'Orient-express" [Snoeck-Ducaju & Zoon, 1997], a first class ticket to Istanbul in 1913 cost 586 gold francs from Paris, or £20.11s from ...
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Where to get historical Finland railways map for 1939 year?

The National Land Survey of Finland site has digital maps from before 1939 available for viewing, including Karelia (below).
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During WW2, did the USSR re-gauge railways in conquered areas?

According to what I read about Russian railroad troops, their operations could be divided in two parts - before the pre-war border and after. Inside the old Soviet border there were the roads re-...
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Was Walden Pond ever the primary source for rail transported ice?

...was Walden Pond ever used for large scale ice harvesting involving rail transport? It seems we can rely on Henry David Thoreau's account to verify this. Thoreau mentions your railroad (emphasis ...
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How was the Karwendel railway important to Germany's plans for WW1?

They didn't trust Italians… German Empire and Austria-Hungary were allies and agreed for mutual support in case of war. That means Germany may rush South to help, or Austria may rush North to do ...
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How would an SS officer travel from Auschwitz to Berlin?

Some aspects can and have to observed for that endeavour, some cannot, some just can't be provided by me now, but some you are also free to invent. Of course, try to be careful with what to 'invent' ...
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What is the average travel speed for railways between European capitals in the late 19th century?

Using information about the Orient Express en de: What is the average travel speed of a train going from one European capital to another in the late 19th century? German wiki says: 48 km/h (over ...
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Why were there no increases in the train speed records between 1854-1934?

I think it's a combination of factors: In 1850, rail was by far the fastest way to travel. This remained so until the 1930s, when cars and aircraft became common and (as a competitor) a possible ...
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Why were there no increases in the train speed records between 1854-1934?

This website suggests that it was competition from the growing aviation industry that spurred development of higher speed trains in the 1930's. There also are inferences in OP's site link that ...
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What trains were used on the Dakar-Niger Railway in the late 1950s and early 1960s?

(If you're still looking...) This photo from 1959 shows what's clearly a Whitcomb centercab. It appears identical to locomotives for the Bas Congo - Katanga railway, and closely related to those for ...
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What is the average travel speed for railways between European capitals in the late 19th century?

Since the other answers don't answer the question about border crossings, I will answer it: They wouldn't have introduced much of a delay at all. Due to the increased international travel brought ...
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What is the average travel speed for railways between European capitals in the late 19th century?

In Jules Verne's novel Around the World in 80 days (1873) the protagonists travel around the world in 80 days in 1872, going by steamships for most of the journey, but various railroads for most of ...
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How did Japan build an extensive rail network in Greater Tokyo?

It appears that the answer to this question has more to do with Japans history rather then Tokyo's recent development into a mega-city. A Brief history The capital of Japan changed from Kyoto to Tokyo,...
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What was the sentiment regarding government control of railroads in Gilded-Age America?

Railroads were considered by economic historians to be central to the development of the United States beginning from the second half of the 19th century. Despite this obvious benefit, farmers and ...
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Why were terminal train stations built in Germany?

The Imperial German rail network, in the late 19 Century, was largely designed and financed to facilitate military mobilization. THus any terminal stations would have been designed as arrival stations ...
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Why were terminal train stations built in Germany?

This is completely nonsense. As @jjack mentioned in his answer in the mid 19th century the rail road net wasn't as large as today and connected few important cities, only. The advantage of such a ...
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How did the Railway Engines get to the Rainhill Trials?

Originally, ten locomotives were entered for the Rainhill Trials. In the event, only five took part. Cycloped, Novelty, Perseverance, Rocket, and Sans Pareil. The locomotives were to be transported ...
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Why were there no increases in the train speed records between 1854-1934?

In addition to competition from cars and airlines mentioned in the other answers, diesel locomotives and electric locomotives replaced steam locomotives in the early 20th century. Basically, a steam ...
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