The Soviet military greatly valued the MBV-2 and the trains were frequently fitted with different types of guns. German armoured trains of World War II were often used almost as mobile forts on the Eastern Front. The Soviet trains (below) acted in more of a supporting role for army units, able to perform reconnaissance in an area and also attack any German infantry or tanks that they encountered.
Women took on many new roles in railway service previously restricted to men. Here five women are cleaning a locomotive. During the war locomotives travelled far from their usual haunts, like this Great Central Railway locomotive at Birmingham in September 1918.