Careless_Bat2543 t1_iyltjgb wrote

This is the case, though it should be noted that the soviets did not have a separate gauge for military purposes, but just because the Russian Empire decided that the wider gauge was better for because their country was so flat and the distances between cities so great. That it slowed down the Nazis was a happy accident.


Careless_Bat2543 t1_iyltdvb wrote

In addition to what others have said (which is correct) that still means you have to unload every train and reload another at the point where they meet. In the days before the modern standard container that took a good amount of time. Additionally it means you had to run twice as many trains (meaning twice as many engineers, a lot more maintenance, separate production lines for parts etc.) it just made things a ton more difficult.


Careless_Bat2543 t1_ivc7vyi wrote