8 Abandoned and Rusty Soviet Turbo Jet Train

Abandoned and Rusty Soviet Turbo Jet Train

Posted on May 26, 2014 by tim

Some time ago we had a few photos of a piece of technology called "Soviet Turbojet Train".   The projected speed for this out-of-the-sixties monster was planned to be up to 360 km/h, and it set a record of 250 km/h on the Soviet standard railway. The project was discarded afterwards, partly due to the very high fuel consumption of the jet engines compared to the engines of jet planes, and we thought the only train built was lost, but recently these guys discovered it rusting on the back ways of some railroad. So let's take a closer look on this unique example of Soviet technology out of 1960s and 1970s:

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8 Responses to “Abandoned and Rusty Soviet Turbo Jet Train”

  1. ho fo sho says:

    Jet engines mounted on a rail car…what could possibly go wrong?

  2. Mitro says:

    The experts that designed the abandoned train might not able to see the future train design like shinkasen train of japan

  3. George says:

    Probably would have worked better if they had used a power take off (helicopter type drive) instead of an “air pusher” arrangement (like an airplane).
    On the ground like that, an air pusher would be very inefficient. At least until you get up to speed, then it may work better.
    But trying to overcome all that weight, from a dead stop, would just burn fuel like crazy with no real benefit.

    • Pyrrhos says:

      We had an idea in france in the 70s, with a hovertrain, it was working well but was stop politically for the TGV, it was called aerotrain. For some strange reason, the last prototype was destroyed by a fire 4 days before moving to a secure facility for storage. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VvsxaaFNAs

    • PKN says:

      yeah because airplanes barely move while on a runway ;) the thrusters would have been designed for the total weight of a full train. Soviet engineers weren’t stupid.

  4. Apostolos says:

    I love all this soviet retro-futuristic stuff ahead of their time.
    If i ever go to russia i would like to see all of them.

  5. paul says:

    I love how everyone is an expert

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