BandA wrote:The fastest RDC travelled 183MPHhttp://gizmodo.com/this-1960s-jet-train ... 1526862324. So 85MPH is a conservative rating.
Noted, but I don't think VIA stocks Jet A-1.
Interesting re: the top speeds. Thanks.
MTU, BA and Everyone:
That test of the NYC jet engine equipped RDC M-497 was 50 years ago this year (1966) in what was probably the
best place to carry out this test - west of Toledo, Ohio on the flat straightaway section nicknamed the "Air Line"...
What I would have liked to know was how large the fuel tank holding the car's diesel fuel (I found it interesting
that the jet engines that were selected could run on diesel as well as jet fuel) and about how far the mile range
on a full tankful was for each test run...
The film of a M-497 run does not do justice to how noisy these tests must have been...Imagine the NIMBYs
complaints about the noise if this car were being tested today in a more populated area...This probably made
the F40PH "Screamers" seem quiet in comparison...
In any case revived RDCs could be good for VIA on light runs. Were any of the Industrial Rail stored RDCs
in good enough condition to be brought back into service? Could a new type of DMU fit well for VIA?
There has not been any largely successful DMU since the RDCs used on North American railroads as far
as I have noted remembering the SPV (or "Seldom Propelled Vehicle" if you may) 2000 fiasco from the early 80s.
Is there any European (or other) DMU available that could be practical for North American passenger railroads?
EXPRESS TRAIN TO NEW YORK PENN STATION-NO JAMAICA ON THIS TRAIN-PLEASE STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING TRAIN DOORS