Soviet Jet Train. Some More History.

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In our recent publications we’ve told once about the strange Soviet projects of terrestrial and water vehicles (a train and a ship) with jet engines.

If you are looking for more, here are some additional facts about the train.

SVL (Russian abbreviation of “high-speed laboratory car”) was developed in Kalininsky carriage-building factory in the far 1970. Based on the train model ER22 (the picture below) it was able to move by means of two engines from the passenger jet Yak-40, installed at the front.

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During the tests SVL has gained the top speed around 180 mph. For some unknown reason that tests have become the end of it’s life. Now it’s rusty fragments still can be found in the territory of Kalininsky factory.

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The project of SVL.

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1971.

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1970.

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1970.

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1971.

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1971.

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Inside the cockpit. 🙂

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1985.

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1993. By Iury Akimov.

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1993. By Iury Akimov.

via kolobkov.net

51 thoughts on “Soviet Jet Train. Some More History.”

  1. They tried the same thing on the NY central RR. Using a modified Budd RDC Here’s a pic of it from a guy who’s building a model of it. http://www.katousa.com/N/RDC/033%2052-55%20NYC%20JET%20CAR2lorez.pdf

    183.85 mph!

    See the Americans have had crazy projects too.

    • Yes! this jet train built for political prisoners to dump in vast wilderness of Siberia.swift and speedy.one time kommissar directed to design bureau…,more and more jet engines to be fitted for smooth travel.genadi enraskoi of kommissar is responsible to see daily progress of the project.he was so keen to travel by this nasty time capsule.but he died in road accident before the project reached at testing stage.another prototype TURBOPROP,train was destroy after its first experimental run.unfortunatly they can`t perfectly aligned the pushing and pulling engines.soviets are planned new type of tracks for this train.but after some serious controlling and safety problems they abandoned this project.

      • It is very difficult to read and understand your comments. Can you please use capital letters at the beginning of each sentence and use comma’s and spaces where applicable ? Would be great.

  2. French TGVs have been using 300 km/h (186 mph) as their standard cruising speed for many, many years now, and they’ve recently started to go faster on scheduled routes. Germany has TGV-type trains on its high-speed network.

    Japan has similarly fast trains, but all designed in Japan – they need special characteristics, such as the ability to stop very fast in the event of an earthquake warning.

    Even on the UK rail network, famously shabby and run-down, we have 140mph lines.

    It’s a shame the US ran down its rail network in the 1950s and 60s. Trains are so much more civilised, safer, and more economical than aeroplanes – but back in the 1930s, some of the fastest train routes in the world were in the USA. The US train firms didn’t dare compete in the speed competitions for fear of lawsuits, even back then, so you won’t find ’em in the record books, but they really *flew*, did trains in the USA back in those days. Those old 1930 steam trains were faster than any trains operated inside the USA today, I gather.

    Rowland.

  3. Japanese are the most advanced people if speaking about trains. here, their MagLev train, which can do modest 580km/h

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JR-Maglev

  4. Aerotrain: same kind of train in france circa 1960

    http://aernav.free.fr/Aerotrain/M_Aerotrain.html

    http://aernav.free.fr/Aerotrain/Video/Video_Aerotrain.html

    • So I wonder how many more jet trains there were. I know Bombardier of Canada built a Turbo train using a turbine generator to produce the power for a lightweight highspeed train.

      • that was the same for the first french TGV and a suburban train called “turbotrain” (but it is not the same as the canadian one 😉 )

  5. Good grief! Can you imagine the noise level inside the train car?! Or the HOT roof?!
    Looks like Soviet-style full employment project for incompetent engineers!

  6. Howcome no-one at BR ever strapped a Rolls Royce Goblin or two to a 4VEP ? Apart from the fact 4VEP’s are made of wood and burn nicely.

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