Shower train

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Shower trains or bathing trains were specialized trains or train cars used throughout Europe to provide bathing facilities to troops stationed along the battlefront during the First World War.

Switzerland[edit]

The Swiss army shower train at a station.
Shower room in a Swiss train.

Shower trains (known as Armeebadezug) were used in Switzerland. Each train consisted of old rolling stock from private railway companies: a locomotive, a tank car and converted passenger cars, each with a shower room and two cloakrooms. The water was taken from the tank car and heated by the locomotive.

This train served the thousands of Swiss militia protecting Switzerland's borders.[1]

Imperial Russia[edit]

Similar bathing trains were used in the Russian Empire in 1914.[2]

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