Warrior Cradle/Riser

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Shortly after Warrior was introduced into British Army service in 1988, trials were carried out to see if it could be carried by rail in the UK. Tests were carried out with a wooden frame fitted to a Warwell wagon. The frame had thin wooden strips all around its outer edges to reproduce the side profile of a Warrior. These tests showed that Warrior could travel by rail, but it needed to be raised up slightly to avoid damaging the edging stones on station platforms. This was achieved by designing a cradle/riser with built-in chocks at either end to positively locate a Warrior on it. The cradle/riser is only used for Warrior Infantry Section vehicles and Command vehicles. The two Warrior recovery vehicles are too big to be carried by rail. Warrior's turret is slightly off-set to one side, and so the vehicles are always carried facing rearwards to prevent the turret from hitting station platform canopies. Warrior is the largest British Army vehicle that can be carried on the UK rail network, and only then by using this cradle/riser.

Warriors and Challenger tanks are frequently carried on railway wagons on the German and Polish railways going to exercises in Poland, and also on Canadian railways going to and from the British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS) . In all these cases there is a wider loading gauge and so the Warriors and tanks are carried on flatcars without the need for a cradle.