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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 delayed, but they would arrive. And per John Dallman's answer the rail system only broke down in early 1945 when allies began to attack it systematically. ...


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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 Berlin, so there would not have been much interference with routes to Auschwitz. Starting in October, the Western allies began attacking the rail system ...


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Reichsbahn operated reasonably well practically until the end of the war Reasons for this are easy to understand - unlike oil, Germany had ample supply of coal (Ruhr and Saar region, Kattowitz-Katowice in Poland etc ...). Direct threat for railway system came only from various partisan groups and from air attacks. Partisans were a significant threat for ...


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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 to be shipped overland to ports in places like Philadelphia and Baltimore, but now it was cheaper to haul it up to the great lakes, then through the new canal ...


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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 London: Au début du XIXème siècle, les voyages étaient particulièrement dispendieux: entre 27.543,70 frs pour Flaubert, dont la mère tient les comptes avec ...


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The National Land Survey of Finland site has digital maps from before 1939 available for viewing, including Karelia (below).


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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' if writing such a story and around that topic. First, the physical aspects: Wikipedia: KZ Auschwitz We see that the actual train rails lead to Kattowitz/...


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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 the whole length of the Orient Express)  Vienna/Paris was served by the Orient Express, duration: 2 nights + 1 day. Vienna/Berlin Accoring to this ...


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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 to the Liverpool & Manchester Railway’s Millfield Yard where they were to be assembled ahead of the trials. Most were transported by sea to Liverpool, and ...


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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 about by railroads and the lack of any long wars (or really any major European wars between 1871 and 1912), passports were not required for most border crossings ...


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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 their travel on land. Phileas Fogg planned his journey using the timetables & schedules published by various steamship and railroad companies, and it seems ...


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You've accepted an answer, but I thought I'd try to answer the literal interpretation of your question. As T.E.D. stated, the railroad reached Wheeling, (later West) Virginia in 1853. However, there was no bridge across the Ohio River until after the Civil War. Competition with other railroads prevented the bridge from being built during the run-up to the ...


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