Date registered: May 2006
Vehicle: U1450L DOKA
Location: BOZEMAN, MONTANA
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OK, I believe the answer is in this blurb. It mentions the Exhaust (Auspuff), Engine Intake (Motoransaugung) and the Compressor Intake - ((Suction pipe))-(Ansaugleitung der Kompressoren), and a Flameproof pipe coupling system.
The three things mentioned would be the three things with the odd snorkels, ergo, all three systems have an enhanced Flame-proof system of some sort.
Perhaps the Military is working to a higher standard of safety than the civilian system, which is why these devices do not appear on the Deutsche Bahn UNIMOGs. That could be because the Military UNIMOGs shuttle around things like Munitions, perhaps ?
These Military Rail UNIMOGs seem to be centered around Westerwald - I wonder if there is a Bundeswehr Facility there that might be a Munitions Production or storage facility ?
Ah...I just checked and the Artillery Battalion 350 has been based in Montabaur since 1965, at the "Westerwaldkaserne". I'm not ready to wade through the translation, but "Nuklearen Teilhabe" (Nuclear Participation) and "Atomwaffen"
(Nuclear Weapons) appear in the article about that place.
The one example I dug up of a non-military Zweiweg UNIMOG that had something odd (although not a dead match), has a DOW logo on the door. Working with Volatile Chemicals in a large Chemical Plant might require higher safety standards as well.
I do think that Munitions might be the key to the reason for the Flame-Proof systems on these UNIMOGs. I'm not clear on how an intake is a flame risk, but they have a reason for their caution, no doubt.
They might not have anything to do with this specific base, but they are involved with something in the Westerwald, or they were.
Last edited by TRUKTOR; 06-19-2019 at 09:14 AM.