Monday Morning Video: Tanks on a Train

Happy Monday, everyone. To kick things off I wanted to share this cool video of tons of what appear to be M2 Bradley fighting vehicles (without their Bushmaster chain guns installed, and yes, I know that M2’s aren’t really tanks) being shipped by train in California recently.

The video posted after the jump is one of several posted in the last few days showing this train making its way north accross the Golden State. Keep in mind that trainloads of military armor moving around the country are fairly routine, what’s unique about this one is that so many people seem to have caught the same train on video. The southernmost video I found was filmed in coastal Santa Barbara a hour or two north of LA and the northernmost one shows the train stopped more than 300 miles north of there in Hayward which sits just south of Oakland in the Bay Area.

My guess is that the Bradleys, and a few fuel trucks, were being shipped to or from Fort Irwin, (or maybe the Port of Los Angeles) to the Port of Oakland where they could be loaded aboard ships or they were going to points much further north, possibly the Yakima Training Center. But really, who knows where the armored vehicles are going. The rail network splits off just north of Oakland near Sacramento in a way that would allow the vehicles to be shipped north or east.

Anyway, it’s a cool video. Enjoy!


24 Comments on "Monday Morning Video: Tanks on a Train"

  1. Why do u think this is significant? I have my own thoughts, but I’m interested in yours;) 

  2. I travel a lot on I-40 between Little Rock and Nashville. Every time I see the M-2 on the back of flat beds on their way (to Texas I think) for re-fit. The amazing thing is on a typical trip I see 5 to 10 of these and I have been seeing these for the past several years.

  3. The YouTube comments on these videos make my brain hurt.

    Apparently everyone's either convinced we're going to war ("ww3", "get ready america"), or that the government's going to crack down on us ("have fun with obamas regime", "look at fema preparing"). Also, don't forget the die-hard Ron Paul supporters ("RP2012") who believe he's the only chance of preventing the previous two scenarios. Ironically, he supports domestic military buildup, and a routine redeployment like this is something he'd prefer than an overseas airlift. Not that I'm advocating him (his fans turn me off).

  4. full brigade deployments to Ft. Irwin are common and one can often see not one but several trains loaded with everything from Hummers to even M1A1's on occasion.

  5. Interesting that they are all in green-scheme camo and nothing in a desert-scheme painting.

    If they were coming back from ME would they have been repainted prior to re-fit work?

  6. This was my thought process:

    1. That's a lot of Bradleys.

    2. That's a lot of trucks.

    3. That's a lot more Bradleys.

  7. Military cuts are looming (thanks to Republican intransigence in Congress), these vehicles are for the chopping block.

  8. Invasion of Canada

  9. Anticipating social unrest, these Bradley's are going to be shipped west, then used to mount an offensive east, to rout-out the Occubaggers across the nation — just a meandering thought…

  10. The M2 is NOT a Tank its a Infantry Fighting Vehicle or IFV which is the same as a APC. Both are NOT tanks. They might be being sent to the Port as they might are being sold to a foreign country as a US arms package to a nation like South Korea or the Philippines.

  11. Occupiers BE WARNED.

    Anyways that's a lot of metal. The most I've seen is the same as Wild Bill, 5-10 at time.

  12. There is no conspiracy. Military vehicles move by rail all the time all around the country. It’s completely routine, people just noticed this time. Just a few years ago I saw a comparably sized load of M1s stopped in downtown LA. Coming or going from Port of LA or headed to or from Ft Irwin, who knows?

  13. Bet they are all going into storage.

  14. So, for some reason I decided to count. I hit 96 when the video ended, but there were more M2s towards the end of the train, probably 100~

    Why I was possessed to sit there for 2:43 min I'll never know

  15. There is a military fighting vehicle refurbishment plant down around Texarkana on the Arkansas and Texas boarder. Been there for4 years and the people that work there are truly a great bunch. hard workers .. dedicated to their jobs and do amazing things getting war torn vehicles back in first class shape and returning these vehicles back to the military. Your conspiracy story is way off base on this.

  16. You guys all missed the obvious setup the author gave us with the headline.

    "I'm tired of these mother f*cking tanks on this mother f*cking train!"

  17. Were the 600+ infantrymen and 300 crewmen inside too?

  18. They originated in Korea, offloaded in Oxnard, CA and are enroute to Sierra Army Depot, CA.

    No mystery here…..

  19. Surprised no one beat me to it:

    The NWO is making its move

    LOL… I couldn't even write that with a straight face…

  20. The train was headed SOUTH –probably to the large MOUT training exercise in downtown Los Angeles scheduled for Thursday, 1/26

  21. These M-2s were shipped into Port Hueneme in late 2011 and put on trains and transported out in early 2012.

  22. Snakes on a Plane? Nah. Tanks on a Train. (Or IFV's for those picky nitwits out there)

  23. When you know something serious is going to happen is when you see armor moving with orange “Explosives” placards taped on the sides, and guard railcars with armed troops spaced out through the train.

    That was the sight during the buildup to the first Iraq war when armor was moving by rail from Fort Benning to Savannah Georgia for sealift to Iraq.

    The author of the YouTube vid would have wet himself at that sight.

  24. Summer of 2013. Black M2 Bradleys mostly unmarked except for small UN are heading east from Vancouver , trains. Nobody admits to it. Black unmarked helicopters are flying in the treetops heading east also. Ther have also been black UN trucks 5ton and smaller. I have asked media and elected reps with NO RESPONSE. Last week a 2 trains went by in the dark of night with NO LIGHTS. Wonder why they are sneaking now ?

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