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Monday, February 25, 2013

Turbojet Powered Railways: flight of the M497 2012 and More ...

 Unlike GE's Areotrain, here was a train that didn't have the looks but was intended to have the speed that would propel it into tomorrow with turbojet engines mounted on top of the car. This was the M-497 Black Beetle. Of course in the 1970s, there was another contender in this turbojet propelled need for speed contest. The old Soviet Union came up with their ER22, a train with two YAK 40 airline engines mounted to the roof. That engine reached speeds of 160+ mph ... but was quickly discontinued (I'll bet those very noisy engines drew a lot of attention as they propelled the train down the tracks.)

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