Armored Trains

Armored trains were used by both sides on the Eastern Front during WWII.  In fact the use began at the end of W.W.I and was developed between wars in the conflicts in Eastern Europe.  Polish, Russia both red and white and other forces used armored trains in considerable numbers during the Russian Civil war.  Once WWII began the Germans had to catch up on their armor train proficiency.   There were a number of battles and skirmishes between tanks and armored trains.  In the hopes of recreating some of these and increasing the breath of Panzer War these rules are introduced.
We have included some diagrams for the configuration of some standard armored trains.  But it was common to add or rearrange cars depending on mission and availability.

Panzer War Armor Train Rules         Revision 01/27/05

Polish armored train 'Smierc'

Polish armored train 'Danuta'

Polish armored train 'Grozny'

Polish armored train 'General Sosnkowski'

Russian armored train type BP-35 (light)

Russian armored train type BP-35 (heavy)

Russian armored train type NKPS-42

Russian armored train type BP-43

German armored train type BP-42

German armored train type BP-44

German armored train of draisines

German Panzer Triebwagen Nr. 16

My Russians:
Bronepoyesd 43 passes by the ruined textile factory at Karkov.

The z-gauge track may be scaled slightly too large but the train wheels fit snugly inside the rails.  Also the wider tracks let the longer cars and engines fit inside the rails on curves where if they were scale gauge there would be tolerance problems.


My Polish armored train General Sosnkowski.

Here is my BP-42/44.  It does have the Panzerjager car so it qualifies as a BP44.

Armored Train Links

Polish Armored Trains
Railway gun, Military and Armored Trains
Russian Armored Trains
German BP42 and BP44 Armored Trains
Japanese Armored Trains
Panzerzuege (German)
Panzer baer (German)
Armor Train World (Japanese)