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furnished to the United States mails, persons traveling on
trains, and railroad equipment and buildings. The stations,
freight depots, roundhouses, car shops, etc., should be pro-
tected in the same manner as other buildings. Excess rolling
stock should be drawn into buildings as far as their capacity
will permit. Freight cars may be collected on parallel tracks
and guarded as a building. Open or flat cars should be
placed on outer tracks and piled with bales of hay, barrels,
or boxes of merchandise to form breastworks. Initially, the
necessity for continuing railroad mail service may require
that protective detachments be placed on trains. Tracks may
be guarded by constantly running a train of several flat cars
or steel gondolas, carrying riflemen and machine guns, back
and forth between stations. Particular attention should be
given to bridges, overpasses and underpasses, viaducts, and
tunnels. Searchlights are desirable for night operation. (See
52. DEFENSE OF LOCALITIES. a. As a general
rule, troops occupy lightly the points to be defended while
strong reserves are held mobile within easy supporting dis-
tance of the smaller detachments. Defenses consist of a
series of outguards at approaches to the locality, supple-
mented at times by an interior guard. Each outguard should
consist of at least two men. Barricades are constructed when
necessary. If it is probable that the attackers will be well
armed, objects which afford cover to the attackers should
be removed or destroyed.
b. Bridges, tunnels, powerhouses, dams, and similar criti-
cal points must be closely guarded, to prevent destruction or
damage by fire, explosives, or other forms of sabotage. They
should be inspected frequently to detect sabotage devices.
For prevention of sabotage see TM 19-225.
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