Friday, October 1, 2010

Power of logical deductions

Remember, I am an egineer, brutally practial. I have no experience of civil or military intelligence. But... read on...

In 1999, I was serving at Maithon, Jharkhand. I had some official work at Asnasol. I had TIME that day. So I decided to go site seeing. I ambled onto the platform of Burnpur station. I saw something wich intrigued me. Two railway coaches, seemed to be A/C type. All windowsw covered with steel plates welded to the body. NO DOORS!!

Set me thinking. Can't be goods carriage or passenger coach. How do you enter a doorless coach? Could be fish carrier. But it had no stink, BUT how to load/unload? What WAS it? Not good for humans, not good for cargoe!! What was the GOOD of it?

First conclusion: It was a military vehicle. Only they have a logic in the seemingly illogical things. AM I wrong?

Next. It ccould not be an amunition/ordanance carrier. Problem of loading unloading.

Next. It HAD to be a MISSILE platform!! Then and there I worked out how it could deploy the missile(s). Hmmm. I deduced that it could not have more than two missiles. maybe ONE only.

But why TWO coaches? One for missile(s) the other for control equipment.

But both were sealed. Were they? The roof and wall section of the CARRIER must slide onto the other, baring the missile(s).

But personnel? I could not find a third coach. So, one or both had to be AC. On very close examination, but not nearer than 20 feet, revealed both were AC!!

Similar thing I found at Asansol too. And Panagarh yard? Less said the better. Thieves and spies can get in and out at will.

Come on Sirs. Foreign spies too can deduce it after just one siting. They are bound to be smarter than me, it is their karobar, कारोबार, business.

Where is the weakness?

1 comment:

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Why would a missile carrier be in asansol and in the open would be the first question? Or is the policy of to leave missiles near populations sites to prevent first strike that causes collateral?

My reply:

Rail mounted carriers are different. Once in a while, such carriers must be stopped, unhooked and rehooked onto some other train. Such a facility is available at larger stations only. Moreover they must be "hidden", best is to attach them to a train instead of havng a two coach arrangement. From air it definitely would seem to be hidden, but from ground level no. Rail mounted carriers are not easy to track by following them. Mistake here was leave them on the platform instead of on a distant siding

Rest is for experts here to analyse.
On a separate note, I had read somewhere that the soviets purposely kept missiles in populated areas. One to mix it with population and also prevent them from being taken out in any strike because of collateral. I have to dig this out.


Yusuf bhai, rail mounted platforms are not static. Otherwise that region is jam packed with mines, anyone could serve the purpose. But my observation was limited to one place only. OK. ok, Asansol and Burnpur are contigous. Such coaches you can expect at other places, coming and going.