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Monday Morning Video: Tanks on a Train

by John Reed on January 23, 2012

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!


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Kristie January 23, 2012 at 10:31 am

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


Uncle Bill January 23, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Possibly the lamest comment in the history of the internet. The comment section is where you can share what you think, not the fact that you are thinking something that you are not sharing.

There is absolutely no need to invite people to comment in the comment section.


blight January 23, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Probably a spambot, like that military dating poster.


Wild Bill January 23, 2012 at 10:42 am

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.


LanceKant January 23, 2012 at 11:35 am

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).


crackedlenses January 23, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Obama has managed to get a lot of people to distrust the government; for all our sakes they'd better be wrong…..


blight January 23, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Government distrust dates all the way back to Shay's and the Whiskey Rebellion. Maybe even to the whole Independence Movement.


Nadnerbus January 24, 2012 at 12:10 am

"[Governmen]t has manged to get a lot of people to distrust the government." I fixed that sentence for you.

The guy in charge at any given moment usually has less to do with it than the general size and scope of Leviathan.

Youtube comments will make you dumber for having read them. They are the lowest sewage sump of the Internet.


blight January 24, 2012 at 12:12 am

Here, have some of my likepoints.


Rabbit January 24, 2012 at 12:33 am

My suspicion is that such people have too romantic a view of the rebellion that would inevitably start if such a crackdown were to occur, and simply assume that the military would back them in such a case.


Nick T. January 24, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Three words: Corruption, corruption, Russian power. I try to make "Intelligent" posts on youtube, and it's either A: teenage asshat who get's his political news from an "hard" rock band, or B: A Russian demi-troll who thinks he's still living the Soviet dream and can't get over the cold war paranoia.


Matt Holzmann January 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm

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.


j_dale January 23, 2012 at 12:41 pm

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?


Riceball January 24, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Depends on the refit and the eventual deployment of the Bradleys. If they're to undergo a high level/extensive refit then they definitely wouldn't be re-painted before the refit, they'd have their paint stripped and then be re-painted as part of the refit. If they're under going a lower level and more moderate/modest refit then they might not get re-painted either unless they were being returned to a different unit than the one that they came and/or this or their original unit was being re-assigned to somewhere like Western Europe.


Black Owl January 23, 2012 at 12:48 pm

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.


John Deere January 23, 2012 at 1:25 pm

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


dinkidau January 24, 2012 at 1:14 am

The Republicans are the ones that want a strong Military …. not like some that want to slash the Military and isolate the United States, as a second rate power that won't be able to fight their way out of an ambush of 20 Girl Scouts. Obama wants nothing more than to gut the military and is trying real ahrd to do so.


SJE January 23, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Invasion of Canada


crackedlenses January 23, 2012 at 1:48 pm

We could never forgive them for that Justin Bieber debacle……


Prodozul January 24, 2012 at 9:30 am

Blame Canada!
Blame Canada!

They're not even a real country anyway…


BobSacamano January 23, 2012 at 1:47 pm

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…


m167a1 January 25, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Neither funny nor appropriate.

Besides, we will reactivate some vulcans to deal with the Occupy crowd. :P


Lance January 23, 2012 at 2:07 pm

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.


Jacob January 23, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Tank is a lot easier to say than infantry fighting vehicle.


jhm January 23, 2012 at 10:44 pm

south korea? dafug? they made their own: k21


blight January 24, 2012 at 12:14 am

Neither of those nations wants the M2. South Korea has their own indigenous AFV industry (and has their own IFV as someone pointed out). As far as I can tell, the Saudis are the biggest other client for the Bradley, meaning there are more Abrams client-states out there than Bradley client-states; presumably because other nations are making do with ex-Soviet hardware or the old trusty M113 and younger cousins.


Nick T. January 24, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Your in the wrong place to be lecturing about that.


Zephyr January 23, 2012 at 2:41 pm

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.


Kristian January 23, 2012 at 6:34 pm

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?


paperpushermj January 23, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Bet they are all going into storage.


blight January 23, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Most likely.

Then again, we had the equipment for a twenty division army that was stood down into ten, and the extra M1's, M2's etc sat around in limbo waiting for their war.


Riles January 23, 2012 at 9:52 pm

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


paperpushermj January 24, 2012 at 12:23 am

You should see a Doctor about that :-)


Riles January 24, 2012 at 8:29 am

Can doctors cure stupidity caused by boredom?


Thunder350 January 24, 2012 at 11:34 pm

The internet is the cure! :)


Dinkidau January 24, 2012 at 1:09 am

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.


blight January 24, 2012 at 7:44 am

The other intriguing angle is the Michoacan angle. Unless that video really isn't taken in Mexico.


Nadnerbus January 24, 2012 at 4:31 am

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!"


M167A1 January 25, 2012 at 12:53 pm

missed nope, just not responding to it anymore.


William C. January 24, 2012 at 4:36 am

Were the 600+ infantrymen and 300 crewmen inside too?


m163A2 January 25, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Those are in the freezer cars on the next train.


Allen January 24, 2012 at 6:44 pm

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

No mystery here…..


blight January 25, 2012 at 1:22 pm


I used to think SIAD only did munition storage and disposal. There's a rail line along the east of SIAD, and in the southeast corner is some containers and what looks like vehicles. Res is not great, and the imagine is inherently out of date.


TLAM Strike January 24, 2012 at 9:32 pm

Surprised no one beat me to it:

The NWO is making its move

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


mike January 24, 2012 at 9:53 pm

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


blight January 24, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Holy cow, I thought you were kidding!


BookEmDanno January 26, 2012 at 12:14 pm

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


Panzer April 11, 2012 at 11:17 pm

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


Railfan August 10, 2012 at 1:59 pm

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.


Des Sievers August 18, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Summer of 2013. Black M2 Bradleys mostly unmarked except for small UN are heading east from Vancouver , Wa.by 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 ?


Zephyr January 23, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Either this is the biggest heist by Zetas and the cartels thus far or it is the beginning of our military involvement in Mexico.


M167A1 January 25, 2012 at 12:52 pm

I live in central Washington and work for a non-profit. Whenever we get convoys from Lewis to Yakima half the admin folks freak out apparently under the impression that the Army is for some reason intent on taking out their Prius with a TOW.


blight January 25, 2012 at 1:17 pm

I imagine it's the influence of the M113, which seeded itself in so many countries around the world.


J.W. January 27, 2012 at 10:51 am

Or just do multiplication. video was 163 seconds long, with around 8 vehicles every 10 seconds. So about 130 vehicles.


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