[railwayguns, armoured trains and Military Railways] eBay May 03, 2016

Robert Duchesneau

Thanks for pointing me to the “completed” and “sold” options.  Here’s some more info (mostly from Mark Berhow’s “American Seacoast Defenses”):


351692851141  --  old wall breaker cannon, 24 inch? Russian?

It’s the Russian Tsar Cannon, 89 cm (35.0 inches), preserved in the Kremlin

322085318839  --  1910c USA Coast Artillery pointed shell on trolley. ( 8 inch? )

Taking the soldier’s head as 8 inches, this is probably a 12-inch shell. 

361541513541  --  1910c USA Coast Artillery Open Cannon Breach Block.

322085316557  --  1920c USA Coast Artillery Ramming shell.

These both look like the 12-inch gun M1895 on M1917 long-range barbette carriage, the ramming picture definitely is.  Quad recoil cylinders were pretty much only found on this gun and on the railway mounting for the 8-inch gun M1888.

351704255554  --  1930s USA Coast Artillery large cannon.  10 or 12 inch?

It’s the 12-inch gun M1888 on barbette carriage M1892, based on the loading platform support.  The shell has an early form of armor-piercing cap.  The disappearing carriage for the 12-inch gun took longer than expected in development, so a number of these (about 32 including “altered gun lift” variants) were deployed on barbette carriages.  Nine each 10-inch and 8-inch guns were also deployed on this type of carriage for the same reason; four of the 10-inchers were lend-leased to Canada in WW2, where two still exist on McNutt’s Island, Nova Scotia. 

351718930549  --  1941 Finland  artillery inspection. (40 mm ?).

Definitely looks like the good old 40 mm Bofors.

281942048796  --  WW2 US HT M15A1 view of 37 mm AA gun

This is the M15 Combination Gun Motor Carriage, with 1 x 37 mm and 2 x .50 cal guns.  The barrel has been removed from the right-hand .50 cal gun.

391429911410  --  1945 Japanese gun Okinawa.

This looks like a Vickers-designed 6”/50 caliber naval gun. Known as Mark M, Japanese Marks II and III, or 15 cm/50 41st Year Type.

-Robert Duchesneau