Atomic Snapshots: Peacekeeper Rail Garrison

On the edge of the National Museum of the United States Air Force, quite a distance from the museum, itself, you’ll see a red-orange rail car that seems out of place.

Part of the Peacekeeper Rail Garrison, this disguised and modified boxcar was designed to transport and launch Peacekeeper ICBMs which would be deployed on the nation’s rail network to avoid being targeted on a first strike.

Authorized in 1986 by President Reagan, the planning and testing occurred over the next several years, with operational delivery expected in December 1992. However, the program was cancelled in 1991 because of the end of the Cold War. Following termination, the prototype rail garrison car was delivered to the museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, in 1994 for public display.