[Railway reconstruction Italy 1943-1946 published by Royal Engineers, 1946]

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Chapter I.


Section I. Staff and service organisation
1. M.R.S. Organisation and its relation to the Staff
2. Allied Commission
3. Italian State Railway
4. Allied Railway Board
Section II. Regimental Organisation
1. Construction Groups
2. Mechanical Equipment Units
3. Signal Formations
4. Railway Operating Units
5. Italian Railway Engineer Units
6. Engineer Units
7. R.A.S.C. Transport Units
8. Labour
9. Prisoners of War and Surrendered Personnel
Section III. Stores Supply
1. General
2. Phasing stores for initial assault
3. Provisioning for further requirements
4. Control of stores
5. Location of stores depots
6. Feeding stores forward from depots to units in the field

Chapter II.


Section I. Introduction
1. Introduction
Section II. Railway Construction in relation to the campaign as a whole
1. Initial stages - East Italy
2. Initial stages - West Italy
3. Consolidation and development
4. The Allied Offensive, May 1944 and the fall of Rome
5. The Winter Campaign 1944/45
6. Preparation for the Spring Offensive 1945
7. The Spring Offensive and the German surrender
8. Final phase
Section III. Railway Construction considered in relation to the ultimate Railway system
1. Base development
2. Line 86 - The East Coast Route. Lecce-Brindisi-Bari-Foggia-Pescara-Ancona-Bologna
3. Line 89 - Rome-Naples Direttissima. Rome-Formia-Naples
4. Line 90 - Rome-Cassino-Naples
5. Line 50 - The West Coast Route. Rome-Genoa-Turin-Modane
6. Line 65 - The Main Italian North-South Route. Rome-Florence-Bologna-Milan
7. Line 87 - Cross Country Route. Orte-Foligno-Falconara
8. Line 91 - Main connection to East Coast from Naples, Naples-Benevento-Foggia
9. Line 217/8 - Pisa-Pistoia-Prato
10. Line 219 - Pisa-Empoli-Florence
11. Line 71 - Mestre-Conegliano-Udine-Pontebba-Tarvisio- Austrian Border
12. Line 85 - Bologna-Ferrara-Padua

Chapter III.


Section I. Fortore Bridge
Section II. Tiber Bridge-Orte
Section III. Appenine Tunnel
Section IV. Peraria Bridge
Section V. Dogna Viaduct
Section VI. River Po Bridge-Ostiglia
Section VII. River Po Bridge-Piacenza
Section VIII. Mount Cenis Tunnel
Section IX. River Po Bridge-Pontelagoscuro

Chapter IV.


Section I. Planning
1. Intelligence
2. Correlation of the results of Intelligence Study with Army
requirements to form a final plan
3. Detailing the plan
4. Stores planning
Section II. Reconnaissance
Air reconnaissance
Ground reconnaissance
Reconnaissance reports
Section III. Scale of Destruction
1. General
2. Bridges
3. Tunnels
4. Track
5. Station Installations
Section IV. Mines, Booby traps and unexploded bombs
1. General
2. Mines
3. Booby traps
4. Unfired demolitions charges
5. Unexploded bombs
6. Unexpended ammunition
Section V. Standards of repair and expedients
1. General
2. Earth fills
3. Tunnel
4. Deviations
5. Track
Section VI. Materials of Construction
1. Standard W.D. bridge materials
2. Bridging materials other than W.D. standard
Section VII. Criticism of Standard equipment
1. W.D. Standard bridging
2. Trestling
3. Bridge erection and launching equipment
4. Compressors and concrete mixers
5. Unit equipment
Section VIII. Unusual methods of Launching or erecting steel bridge spans
1. General
2. Continuous launch
3. Low Level continuous launch
4. Use of cranes
5. Placing spans by direct lift on to bridge from ground level
6. Falsework
7. Launching of lattice girders
8. 40 ft. sectional welded plate girder span
Section IX. Stabilisation of Unsupported Arches
1. General
2. Elimination of the arch
3. Use of relieving spans
4. Strutting
5. Buttressing
6. Tie rod systems
7. Centering

Chapter V.


Section I. Railway Telegraph Company Organisation and its relation to Railway Construction
Section II. Telephone, Telegraph and Teletype Facilities for purposes other than Train Control
Section III. Italian State Railways Telegraph and Telephone Network Prewar
Section IV. Damage sustained by Italian Railway Communications during the War
Section V. Repairs
1. Nature of facilities provided
2. Standard of repairs adopted
3. Action taken to raise the standard of repairs subsequent to the opening of the line
4. The constructional work of the Railway Telegraph Companies


Appendix I. Military Railway Service Units Engaged on Railway reconstruction in Italy during
period September 1943 - January 1946
Appendix II. Statistical summaries.
Appendix III. Plates.

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[Railway reconstruction Italy 1943-1946 published by Royal Engineers, 1946]

Alessandro Tuzza