Russian Jet Train and Ship

russian jet train

In early 1970s in Russia there were tests of trains that had jet plane engines.

Its maximum speed was around 249 km/h (around 155 mph). And it had engines from Yak-40 passenger jet plane.

Later they decided to put the engines from another Russian jet plane TU-134 to the passenger boat. So it could go as fast as 100 km/h (60 mph) on water when carrying passengers!

russian jet boat

It’s a big pity but none of those are in use these days.

22 thoughts on “Russian Jet Train and Ship”

  1. Another wrong story!
    Boats are widely used:
    http://flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=304946465&context=set-72157594389753696&size=o

  2. The hydrofoil indeed looks like Kometa, pity that the picture is so tiny, hard to tell if there’s anything special in that Kometa. I can only imagine what kind of a ride it would be in a hydrofoil with jet engines.

    There is still one Kometa in service in gulf of Finland, and from experience I can say it’s not the funniest ride when there’s waves. On a calm weather the ride is pretty nice.

    • hmm… actually the one remaining in baltics is not Kometa but Olympia class.
      “Full-load displacement 138 tons, speed 37 knots, passengers 250 prs, range 300 n.m.”

      • Thats it!

        http://www.seatech.ru/eng/ships/yachts/hydrofoils.htm


        Gas-turbine driven hydrofoil “Burevestnik” is a high-speed passenger vessel used for transit and local trips across rivers and reservoirs through a range of up to 500 km.

        Length-43,2m, Breadth-7,4m, Draft in displacement-2.0m, foilborn-0,6m
        Speed-90 km/hr, Power-2×2700 hp, Passengers-150.

        There used to be a gas-turbine driven Cyclone in service between Finland and Estonia also not so long time ago, but it was sold to Greece as it was too expensive to operate.

  3. “Jet train”, my fanny. It’s clearly a soviet attempt to break the fastest jet powered mongoose(elk) in the world record.

    Replacing the antlers with jet engines shows how inadequate the beast must have been feeling. No doubt the testosterone factor was seriously boosted by the upgrade….

  4. The jet boat looks very much like this one that I saw in China in 2005: http://static.panoramio.com/photos/original/33325.jpg

    • That’s regular Meteor class river going hydrofoil. Pretty wide spread type of hydrofoil also outside Soviet Union/Russia.

    • it is also the Kometa like all the other pictures too, it had two aM-diesel engines and my hometown Stralsund had three of them between the 70th and the end of GDR, also the HADAG in Hamburg had one for testing

  5. This is a gas-turbine driven hydrofoil “Burevestnik” is a high-speed passenger vessel used for transit and local trips across rivers and reservoirs through a range of up to 500 km.

    Gas turbines through reductors rotate propellers

    Length-43,2m, Breadth-7,4m, Draft in displacement-2.0m, foilborn-0,6m
    Speed-90 km/hr, Power-2×2700 hp, Passengers-150.

  6. It seems that everyone just loves underestimating the Russians! Russia won the war in Europe, not the Americans and the Brits. People wake up too late it seems.

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