You Won't Believe But Russians Actually Built A Turbo Jet Train In 1960s
The 1960s were a crazy time. World War 2 had just ended, the people were beginning their revolt against power, racism and sexism were being recognized as issues and through it all the cold war raged on.
Even though by the end of the cold war the United States emerged as the only superpower, during the cold war both countries made decisions that they aren't proud of. Both sides developed weapons and technology to gain the upper hand.
#7 Faster, Better, Stonger
Everything needed to be faster, better, stronger, just to be able to compete with the other super-power. Both sides needed to establish their superiority, this train was just one of those attempts.
So what is this super train all about? If this train had been developed further it would definitely be in the running for one of the fastest trains in the world. So why wasn't it developed?
#6 The SVL
SVL (Russian abbreviation of "high-speed laboratory car") was developed in Kalininsky carriage-building factory. Based on the train model ER22 it was able to move by means of two engines from the passenger jet Yak-40, installed at the front. The train was propelled by the jet thrust of the engines, rather than by its wheels.
It had a mass of 54.4 tonnes (including 7.4 tonnes of fuel) and was 28 metres (92 ft) long.
#5 360 Km/h
The train was built to enable faster transport of goods and services, weapons, armies and eventually even regular people!
The projected speed for this out-of-the-sixties monster was planned to be up to 360 km/h. That would be about 223 mp/h. So what went wrong? What foiled the USSR plans? No. It wasn't James Bond...
#4 The Problem
While the projected speed of the vehicle was 360 km/h the train hit and set a real time record of 250 km/h on a standard soviet railway. Not bad if you take into consideration that it was made about 50 years ago.
But the real problem was not the unmanageable speed. These monsters consumed an enormous amount of fuel to keep them up and running.
#3 Mass Production
The fuel consumption even in its development stages was a lot more than the fuel consumption of the jet planes. While development had merely one train consuming serious fuel, putting the plan into mass production would mean a serious dent in the Russian economy.
The plans were dropped. And the train itself seemed lost to time. Until it was found again...
This high tech train which was abandoned years ago was recently found on an abandoned rail-track. Of course the internet was quick to upload and circulate pictures of it all around.
The video will show you just how fast this train could have been if it had made it through.
#1 The Video
This power car was planned to be used as a part of "Russian troika" express. Watch the SVL in action and be prepared to be blown away. Don't forget to share after you're done.
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