Maybe it’s old news, but this jet propelled train from the ’60s is still awesome

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The year was 1966. Photos were still in black and white, the first video game was barely more than an idea and scientists were strapping rockets to trains. Well not rockets, jets. GE jet engines capable of 5,000 horsepower. We found them at the army surplus, so why not?

That was kind of the thought process of railway engineer Don Wetzel. Charged with finding the means for cheaper and faster railway travel, Don found access to the discharged jets from an old army bomber. A tinker here, and a lug nut there, and his jet propelled train set a world record of 183mph on an Ohio track straight away. That record still holds in North America today.







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