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Railway reconstruction Italy September 1943 - January 1946 Central Mediterranean Force
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Railway reconstruction Italy September 1943 - January 1946 Central Mediterranean Force

Rome : Tipo-Litografia Ferrovie dello Stato, 1946.
Pagine 228. Cm. 30x21.
Indice
Chapter I. ORGANISATION AND ADMINISTRATION OF THE RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION EFFORT
Section I. Staff and service organisation5
1. M.R.S. Organisation and its relation to the Staff5
a) Early Independent Organisations5
b) Unification of Tn. resources in Italy, and integration with M.R.S.5
c) M.R.S. under British Control6
2. Allied Commission7
3. Italian State Railways8
4. Allied Railway Board9
Section II. Regimental Organisation10
1. Construction Groups10
2. Mechanical Equipment Units11
3. Signal Formations11
4. Railway Operating Units12
5. Italian Railway Engineer Units12
6. Engineer Units13
7. R.A.S.C. Transport Units13
8. Labour14
9. Prisoners of War and Surrendered Personnel14
Section III. Stores Supply15
1. General15
2. Phasing stores for initial assault15
3. Provisioning for further requirements15
4. Control of stores15
5. Location of stores depots16
6. Feeding stores forward from depots to units in the field16
Chapter II. DESCRIPTIVE ACCOUNT OF RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES
Section I. Introduction19
Section II. Railway Construction in relation to the campaign as a whole20
1. Initial stages - East Italy20
2. Initial stages - West Italy20
3. Consolidation and development21
4. The Allied Offensive, May 1944 and the fall of Rome23
5. The Winter Campaign 1944/4524
6. Preparation for the Spring Offensive 194525
7. The Spring Offensive and the German surrender27
8. Final phase27
Section III. Railway Construction considered in relation to the ultimate Railway system29
1. Base development29
2. Line 86 - The East Coast Route. Lecce-Brindisi-Bari-Foggia-Pescara-Ancona-Bologna30
a) Bridges over Rivers Ofanto and Cervaro between Barletta and Foggia33
b) Bridge over River Fortore at Ripalta34
c) Bridges over Rivers Trigno and Sangro between Termoli and Ortona34
d) Moro Tunnel
e) Pescara River Bridge at Pescara36
f) Del Castellano Tunnel - Ancona37
g) Bridges over Rivers Cesano and Metauro between Ancona and Pesaro37
h) Bridge over River Foglia at Pesaro40
3. Line 89 - Rome-Naples Direttissima. Rome-Formia-Naples42
a) Volturno Bridge - Cancello Arnone44
b) Massico Tunnel50
c) Garigliano Bridge - Minturno53
4. Line 90 - Rome-Cassino-Naples54
a) Volturno Bridge at Capua55
b) Peccia Viaduct at Mignano55
c) Bridge over River Liri at Isoletta58
d) Other works of interests on this Line are showen in figures 39, 40, 41 & 42
5. Line 50 - The West Coast Route. Rome-Genoa-Turin-Modane61
a) Description of Line61
b) Scale of Demolitions62
c) The Repair of the Line62
d) Repair of Section Rome-Civitavecchia62
e) Repair of Section Bussoleno to Modane63
6. Line 65 - The Main Italian North-South Route. Rome-Florence-Bologna-Milan64
a) Bridge over River Tiber at Civita Castellana67
b) Bridge over River Tiber at Bassano67
c) Bridge over River Tiber at Castiglione in Teverina71
d) Prato-Bologna Section73
e) Bologna-Milan Section82
7. Line 87 - Cross Country Route. Orte-Foligno-Falconara83
a) Repairs to Bridge over River Tiber at Orte Station84
b) Balduini Tunnel - South of Spoleto84
c) Bridge over River Esino near Serra San Quirico85
8. Line 91 - Main connection to East Coast from Naples, Naples-Benevento-Foggia88
9. Line 217/8 - Pisa-Pistoia-Prato91
a) Bridge over River Arno at Pisa91
b) Serravalle Tunnel92
10. Line 219 - Pisa-Empoli-Florence95
11. Line 71 - Mestre-Conegliano-Udine-Pontebba-Tarvisio- Austrian Border100
Description of Line100
Demolitions100
Repair of the Line100
1) Mestre-Udine101
The Piave Bridge101
The Livenza Bridge101
The Meduna Bridge101
The Tagliamento Bridge103
2) Udine-Gemona-Pontebba-Tarvisio-Frontier103
12. Line 85 - Bologna-Ferrara-Padua104
Description of Line104
Demolitions104
Repair of the Line104
The Adige Bridge106
Chapter III. INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS OF SPECIAL INTEREST
Section I. Fortore Bridge113
1) Introduction113
2) Description of site113
3) Plans for Reconstruction114
4) Clearing the site114
5) Raising the bridge from the River bed115
6) Subsequent Developments117
Section II. Tiber Bridge-Orte120
1) Introduction120
2) Description of site120
3) Considerations121
4) Reconstruction121
Section III. Appenine Tunnel128
1) Introduction128
2) Description of site128
3) First stage of reconstruction of South Portal129
4) Second stage of reconstruction of South Portal134
5) General Technical points in connection with work at South Portal137
6) Clearance and Repairs to Demolition at North Portal139
6) Clearance and Repairs to Precedenza Station in the Middle of the tunnel. Km. 46,85140
Section IV. Peraria Bridge142
1) Introduction142
2) Description of site142
3) Reconstruction142
4) Additional works148
Section V. Dogna Viaduct149
1) Introduction149
2) Description of site149
3) The first repair149
4) The second repair152
Section VI. River Po Bridge-Ostiglia154
1) Introduction154
2) Description of site154
3) Construction of the new bridge154
4) Protection Works157
5) Permanent repairs157
Section VII. River Po Bridge-Piacenza158
1) Introduction158
2) Description of site158
3) Reconstruction of the bridge159
Section VIII. Mount Cenis Tunnel161
1) Introduction161
2) Description of site161
3) Works - South (Italian) End161
4) Works - North (French) End163
Section IX. River Po Bridge-Pontelagoscuro166
1) Introduction166
2) Description of the site166
3) Construction of the new bridge167
Chapter IV. GENERAL TECHNICAL ASPECTS
Section I. Planning171
1. Intelligence171
2. Correlation of the results of Intelligence Study with Army requirements to form a final plan173
3. Detailing the plan174
4. Stores planning174
Section II. Reconnaissance176
1. General176
2. Air reconnaissance176
3. Ground reconnaissance176
4. Reconnaissance reports176
Section III. Scale of Destruction178
1. General178
2. Bridges178
3. Tunnels180
4. Track181
5. Station Installations184
Section IV. Mines, Booby traps and unexploded bombs186
1. General186
2. Mines186
3. Booby traps187
4. Unfired demolitions charges187
5. Unexploded bombs187
6. Unexpended ammunition187
Section V. Standards of repair and expedients189
1. General189
2. Earth fills191
3. Tunnel193
4. Deviations193
5. Track194
Section VI. Materials of Construction196
1. Standard W.D. bridge materials196
2. Bridging materials other than W.D. standard197
Section VII. Criticism of Standard equipment200
1. W.D. Standard bridging200
2. Trestling201
3. Bridge erection and launching equipment202
4. Compressors and concrete mixers202
5. Unit equipment202
Section VIII. Unusual methods of Launching or erecting steel bridge spans204
1. General204
2. Continuous launch204
3. Low Level continuous launch205
4. Use of cranes207
5. Placing spans by direct lift on to bridge from ground level208
6. Falsework208
7. Launching of lattice girders210
8. 40 ft. sectional welded plate girder span210
Section IX. Stabilisation of Unsupported Arches211
1. General211
2. Elimination of the arch211
3. Use of relieving spans211
4. Strutting212
5. Buttressing213
6. Tie rod systems213
7. Centering214
Chapter V. COMMUNICATIONS
Section I. Railway Telegraph Company Organisation and its relation to Railway Construction217
Section II. Telephone, Telegraph and Teletype Facilities for purposes other than Train Control218
Section III. Italian State Railways Telegraph and Telephone Network Prewar220
Section IV. Damage sustained by Italian Railway Communications during the War221
Section V. Repairs222
1. Nature of facilities provided222
2. Standard of repairs adopted222
3. Action taken to raise the standard of repairs subsequent to the opening of the line223
4. The constructional work of the Railway Telegraph Companies223
APPENDIX I. Military Railway Service Units Engaged on Railway construction in Italy during period September 1943 - January 1946.
APPENDIX II. Statistical summaries
APPENDIX III. Plates
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