The great train race

February 04 08 Comments Off Category: Cold War Tech, Gear Head, Obsolescence, Trains, Weird Science

New York Central Jet TrainI love weird tech, and it’s really hard to beat the weirdness that the cold war created here and in Russia.. I grew up at the tail end of the cold war that Ronald Reagan, all praise his name, helped bring to an end while I was still in high school.. Anyway, where was I?? Oh, right, jet powered trains.. Really, jet powered trains..

B-36DIn 1966 New York Central converted a Rail Diesel Car in to a jet powered train by adding a pair of General Electric J47-19 turbojet engines.. Normally these engines sit under the wing tip of a Convair B-36D intercontinental bomber.

To help the train cut through the air better a large nose was added to the train. Apparently it was pretty fast too. It reached 184mph on it’s way to Ohio. Not too bad for a train in the 60s..

New York Central Jet Train New York Central Jet Train

The jet trains don’t end here. I found a Russian version made just a few years later.. But more on that in a few days..

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