Wed Nov 9th, 2005 at 10:53:12 AM EST
From the front page ~ whataboutbob
To stay with events 88 years ago, the German command during WWI had the great idea to weaken the enemy by putting a known troublemaker on a train to Russia.
Boy, did that plan work out! I mean, on the longer term.
This should have been a hint to the government of a certain other empire at war in another country, also tinkering with various exiles.
Photo from Petersburg-Info.de
The above photo shows another locomotive connected to Lenin: he escaped arrest a month before the Revolution by travelling to Finland in a fireman's disguise. The locomotive is exhibited in Finland Station, where Lenin earlier arrived from Germany.
Another photo – this collage is the only one I found possibly depicting Trotsky on his famous armoured train, making front visits to boost morale (as a counterpoint to his brutal disciplinary policies of summary executions, political commissars and the detentions of the families of officers):
Picture from the Trotsky Internet Archive
What examples of history riding a train do you have?
Previous Monday Train Bloggings:
- (Premiere/ modern Austrian trains & locos)
- Fast Steam
- Heavy Haul
- Forgotten Colorado
- The Hardest Job