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    I took a picture of this locomotive while I was at the transportation museum a couple of months ago and I can't remember what it was I think it was built by GM but I can't be sure. I was thinking of modeling it after I finish with the Zephyr and J. any help would be appericated!

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    I know it looks like someone stuck a 50's caddy ontop of a passenger car, but I thought it was different so I took a picture to maybe use as a template



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    >giggle<

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    wow that looks upgly .
    r u sure its not an airplane.

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    [font size="1" color="#FF0000"]LAST EDITED ON Jun-04-02 AT 04:43PM (EDT)[/font][p]Streamlined Aero-Train. Three were built but never went into production.

    http://www.museumoftransport.org/rails-2.htm

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    http://www.uprr.com/aboutup/photos/d...n/colv02.shtml

    http://www.uprr.com/aboutup/photos/d...n/colv01.shtml

    Heres some links to UPs City of Las Vegas Aerotrain.

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    It looks sort of like Lionel's Phantom loco.

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    That's a General Motors EMD 'Aerotrain', with the engine carrying the model number LWT-12. Only the front truck carried traction motors, so the wheel arrangement was B-1. As another poster noted, there were only three built. They were built in the middle 1950's as a lightweight articulated passenger train, with the cars resembling low-slung bus bodies on single-axle bogies. Two were built as demonstration sets and briefly tested in long-distance service on the Union Pacific, New York Central, Pennsylvania and probably other railroads. It was found very quickly that the train ride was extremely rough, with passengers complaining any time that the speed got above 40 mph.

    The two demonstrator sets were sold to the Rock Island railroad, who placed them in commuter train service in Chicago. Rock Island ordered the third set, and the trains became Rock Island #1 through #3. The trains stayed in service quite a while, finally being retired in the 1970's. I'm told that a whole generation of Chicago commuter passengers came to hate the poor ride, cramped seats and noise inside the cars. Rock Island donated two sets to museums, one at Green Bay WI and one at St. Louis.


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    Here's Rock Island #2 at the 47th Street engine house (Chicago) on March 28, 1965
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    the coaches not only resembled bus bodies...they WERE bus bodies modified to be a bit wider. The reason is simple, weight. They were so light that only the front truck needed the traction motors.


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    Gee...there were no backfins (or whatever you call them) on the tail end of the train by coincidence? You know, like on those 1950s Caddies and T-Birds :P ...


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