|(Editor’s note: This is the fifth Fort McCoy
“SPOTLIGHT,” a series about tenant activities at Fort McCoy and their
What is it?
Detachment (Det.) 1 1152nd Transportation Company (Railway) operates and
maintains railway for the U.S. Army at Fort McCoy and other locations as
A view of the Detachment 1 1152nd
Transportation locomotive at Fort McCoy.
The detachment, part of the 1152nd Transportation Company of
Milwaukee, is one of four railway units aligned under the 757th
Transportation Battalion, which is part of the Surface Deployment
and Distribution Command.
Det. 1 1152nd conducts locomotive repair, switch operations and
prepares rail cars for movement and transport of vehicles,
ammunition, cargo containers, and virtually any other piece of
If it can fit on a railcar, generally it can be transported via
What have they done?
The 25-30 Soldiers who are part of Det. 1 1152nd are Army Reserve
Troop Program Unit Soldiers who spend training time supporting
railway missions throughout the U.S.
The unit’s most-recent mission was at the U.S. Army Transportation
Museum at Fort Eustis, Va., where the Soldiers helped create railway
displays. The work involved laying railway for a staging spur and
refurbishing antique railcars.
Past missions have included installing railway at the National
Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif., refurbishing and rebuilding
locomotives at Hill Air Force Base, Utah and assisting with
ammunition moves at Blue Grass Army Depot, Ky.
At Fort McCoy the unit has installed siding track — a low-speed
track section — at the railway facility. They also can assist Fort
McCoy’s Transportation Division, which has its own locomotive, in
spotting ramp carts for loading/unloading procedures.
What do they have planned?
The 1152nd will continue to provide railway support as needed to the
Army and Fort McCoy and may participate in missions Outside the
Continental U.S. in the future.
Although railway units currently do not deploy to overseas
contingency operations, individual unit members do deploy with other
The unit also will continue to support Armywide events such as the
Best Warrior Competition and Philip A. Connelly Award food-service
competition. The unit provides competitors as well as manpower
support for the competitions.
Why are they important?
The 1152nd conducts railway operations to move almost any size cargo
in a fast and efficient method. The unit is fully trained and is
It operates and maintains everything in-house and can go anywhere
its services are needed.
For more information, call Det. 1 1152nd at 608-388-2805.