cool things with wheels
"That is the first time I've seen the front of a steam locomotive open while on the rails..."If you look closer, you will see, how badly damaged the loco is, so I guess the opened front is because of the damage too. Maybe an explosion? Yes, those are WWII, German Tigers.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiger_I
I'm thinkin' that damage is the result of sabotage of some kind if this is in occupied France.
Tigers for sure, loco looks sabotaged as there's no evidence of an air strike and the tanks look relatively undamaged. There's an Mg42 leaned against the wall with a twinned drum magazine and a rash of stick grenades, could be we're looking at a sympathetic crew of workers as two of them are carrying what appear to be Kar98k rifles. In the background an officer is visible wearing those jodhpur-like pants the Germans wore. Great pics, great site, I look forward to returning.Best,Patrick